The History of Leith

October 9, 2004

South Georgia

The early part of the 19th century saw considerable exploitation of South Georgia’s Fur Seal population, with Edward Fanning taking 57,000 seal skins on one voyage.


Leith Harbour, an abandoned Whaling Station

There were at least 17 other sealing expeditions on the island, and the Fur Seal population soon declined. The next to be exploited were the elephant seals (for their oil), and when these had been decimated, the trade collapsed around 1830.

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