The volcano in its violence was excellent at destroying the works of man, at least no human being died in the eruption - though the five British stationed here had a very close call.
There was another gap in the caldera wall above the south end of the beach which invited a climb to peer through “Neptune’s Window” as it has been called. Legend has it that Nathaniel Palmer made the climb and looked through and got the first ever glimpse of Antarctica. One of the more intriguing facts about Antarctic discovery and exploration is the fact that these early explorers really were the actual first human beings to see and set foot on the continent because no indigenous human beings have ever lived here. So unlike the European discovery of the New World (when there were already peoples living here), these fellows really did land on the seventh Continent first.
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