New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands - 2008

Chapter 10. Campbell Island Our trip to this southernmost of the Subantarctic Islands took two nights and a day and we were probably making between 10-15 knots most of the way. We did have some choppy seas and were advised to “keep one hand for the ship” as a safety measure. Since the daylight hours were spent in lectures with some breaks for resting in the cabin, we also found it a challenge to remain still and comfortable in bed reading. However, we were never seasick or anxious about the sea conditions. As a matter of fact, our ship’s crew and naturalists kept telling us how lucky we have been with the weather throughout the trip and we believed them, filled with hope that this luck would continue. Meanwhile, outside on deck the temperatures were in the 50s but the wind chill did make that feel a bit more biting. The Campbells are one of the five groups of uninhabited islands known as the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands. No two of them are the same geologically or biologically. Campbell Island is the most southerly and 410 miles south of the South Island. The east coast of the island is deeply indented with fjordlike bays and inlets, the longest one our destination at Perseverance Harbor. This fjord is like a crooked finger: when the boat enters the passage, it is not possible to see the harbor itself. The west coast is

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