Elsehul Burial Site


A 1928 report of a burial site near the known sealing site at Elsehul has not been recorded since.


CoordinatesDecimal DegreesDegrees and Decimal Minutes
Latitude-54.031754° 01.902′ S
Longitude-37.9625037° 57.750′ W


The area is within the Elsehul visitor site so access is permitted.

Early Description

Kohl-Larsen 1928

Ludwig Kohl-Larsen visited the island with his wife Margit in 1927/8. Whilst camping near Elsehul he describes, in his book ‘:

Then, to combat the cold, she walked to Undine Harbour, and reported that on the narrow neck she found three planks set in the ground. There was a nail visible in the exposed end and the heaped-up earth indicated that this was a grave. It is probable that an American sealer may have found his last resting place here on the narrow isthmus with the eternal southwesterly gales roaring over him, long before the whalers reached South Georgia.

South Georgia – Gateway to Antarctica’, Bluntisham Books 2003, Ludvig Kohl-Larsen, translated by William Barr

This refers to ‘Survey Isthmus’, the narrow gap between Elsehul and Undine Harbour – the narrowest part of the island. Whether the grave was found on the isthmus itself, the beach on the far side at Undine Harbour, Coal Harbour, or even the prominent peninsula in Undine Harbour is not clear.

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