until the end of the 19th century, that was a real arch. But one day (or one night) the upper part collapsed...and that's what is left today.
Some say the top of the arch was stolen...
There's no evidence of such a robbery.
There's no more evidence of the contrary.
Arsène Lupin ? The Great Houdini ?
But is there anybody alive to testify that this arch is not a commercial invention of the tourism office ?
Dear foreign visitors, "MD" means "Marion-Dufresne", the beloved vessel that every people who travel to the French subantarctic islands cherish, mainly those who spend more or less a year there (in spite of frequent seasickness during the cruise !;> ). The present "MD" is the second with the same name.
In addition, believe me or not, but aboard the real genuine "Marion-Dufresne" (the number one without even number, of course), teatime was "first class-like" served every day in the teapots of the ancient "Messageries Maritimes". Yes, from the time people still traveled by sea and not by air...
According to what I have been able to find, the first Rallier du Baty brothers expedition (1908-1909) was the last witness of the "arch". When the brothers reached the island for the second time in 1913-1914, the arch was broken. My assesment is that many penguins died when the incident happened: the nearby rocks are overcrowded. I suggest to evacuate the birds and blast the remaining pillars to avoid more casulaties in the future.
Time has come to propose to re-build the arch !
There are some operations to save ruins (Port Jeanne d'Arc and so on) but who cares ? Kerguelen needs a monumental project ! A new Eiffel Tower to illuminate the austral hemisphere ! Money ? No problemo : casinos and hotels will contribute to local development ! We should start to raise funds !
Why not on April the first, very soon ?
Service aboard "Marion Dufresne II" is still decent today. The bar (tax-free drinks!) is the most busy spot of the vessel. The MD2 is a multi-role ship: cargo, passengers transportation, scientific surveys; when it is not used to cruise to TAAF, it is hired by IPEV (Paul Emile Victor Institute). Currently the vessel is operated by a private company, CGM, but there is a strong desire from TAAF managers to cut costs: most likely the quality of service aboard will suffer! Currently, the refueling is done in Mauritius because the cost of fuel is lesser...
Yves-Hernant, what a joke.... I took 15 minutes before I could get it!
It took me much more to find the connection with that man. About connection, I must leave. But I'll be back ! Anyway, no regret for argentic pictures, electronic shots are more powerful ! Yours hit the target. A plus ( = see you later for people of the roaring forties).
Oh, for non speaking French people : Yves and Ernan
are two Breton (from Brittany) names which give "hivernant" when they are joined. An hivernant spends winter (= hiver) and more in places similar to Kerguelen ("Ker" for its inhabitants). Deckerd so could be heard as "from Ker". It's no more necessary to ask to Yves-Ernan Deckerd if he ever lived and wintered in Kerguelen long time ago.
Boring tricky Frenchie, isn't !
An inattentive gentleman wrote "argentic" and "electronic" instead of analog and digital (photography). Don't trust him anymore !
(He is still trying to find how to fit a roll of film in a digital camera ! ;> )
Witaj franek2 - u mnie Franciszek to imię.
Myślę, iż Ty i moi przedmówcy nie macie racji. Przecież to jest końcówka pirsu wielorybniczego, vis a vis portu Christmas, zakończona polerem, oczekującym na rzut cumy z harpunem tkwiącym w cielsku Moby Dicka.
Tu czekają na ten moment cienie załogi Pequoda, z oszalałym Ahabem i czarnoskórym Queequegiem, harpunnikiem z wyspy Rococo. Przecież na wschodnim wybrzeżu, na półwyspie Courbet odnajdujemy jezioro Marville, jak że podobnie brzmiące do nazwiska autora Moby Dicka, Hermana Melville`a.
Potwierdzam piękno wyspy i archipelagu Kerguelen widzianych z bocianiego gniazda herbacianiego klipra Cutty Sark, na który zamustrowałem, by sprawdzić niewiarygodne opowieści żeglarzy zaliczających „ryczące 40 i wyjące 50”, wiatry równoleżników półkuli południowej.
Na miły Bóg, greenhornom wystarczą luksusy barów, kabin i kasyn MDII. Nie podnoście projektu budowy nowej Wieży Eiffla dla południowej półkuli. Uszanujcie ostatnie akcenty dziewictwa naszej karmicielki – Matki Ziemia. Niech najbardziej osamotnione punkty globalnej wioski Gaja pozostaną nietknięte przez homo nuworysz.
Pozdrawiam z antypodów Kerguelen, równie pięknej Polski.
Incredible place, nice shape. Greetings from Chile
Que lugar maravilhoso!!!! Like!
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