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  • Friday, February 2nd 2018 - 19:49 UTC

    South Georgia celebrated on 17 January “Possession Day”

    Portrait of Captain James Cook, by John Webber (BBC)

    On 17th January 1775 a small party of men landed on a beach beneath snowy peaks and tumbling glaciers. In charge was an officer by the name of James Cook; the British Flag was planted, a volley of musket shot was fired, and the land was claimed for His Britannic Majesty. Cook named the bay in which he landed Possession Bay. On the 17th January 2018 (and every year) South Georgia marked ‘Possession Day’ with a bank holiday and reception at Government House.