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A little research in the Register of Deaths, and use of the Grytviken Explorer, show that there are three possible occupants of Grytviken grave C2.

Grave C2 lies between Graves C3 (15 April 1928)  and C1 (3 November 1930). Photographs of the latter funeral show that the grave was already there.

According to the Register of Deaths, three people died in this period:

Further information in the Magistrate's records at the Scott Polar Research Institute indicates that Nilsen worked at Prince Olav Harbour and died in Leith hospital, so was unlikely to have been buried at Grytviken. Hillestad died in Stromness Bay and was treated by the Leith doctor. This leaves Marilainen, who we know died at Grytviken, as the most likely person to be in grave C2.

UPDATE October 2014

This is confirmed in THIS ARTICLE

The Page (HERE) that allows you to choose a grave in the Grytviken graveyard has now been finished.

I am very proud to let you know that this website has been selected by the British Library for inclusion in their UK Web Archive. They say:

The UK Web Archive contains websites that publish research, that reflect the diversity of lives, interests and activities throughout the UK, and demonstrate web innovation.

The cemeteries website is being rewritten using new software (Joomla!). Articles are being moved into it bit by bit. The first job has been to move the articles for each grave and then to scan and document the Register of Deaths.


The following updates were made to the original version of this website, which was replaced in October 2010.

02/06/2010 Added info about Anders Olsen in Leith Main cemetery grave D4.
25/01/2009 Added info about Grytviken graves found by Nordenskjold in 1902, with photo.
24/01/2009 Added family information about Eric Einar Palmer-Rimpilä at Grytviken.
Added Pallbearers information for Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Updated link for Gary Green.
22/06/08 Consolidated menus on all pages (Part I).
19/01/2008 Added photographs of the rediscovered Godthul grave of Ole Martin Gulliksen, courtesy Ken Passfield.
13/12/2006 Updated contact email address
Added information about an early grave at Elsehul/Undine Harbour 1928
Added photograph of Felix Artuso's funeral (1982)
Added photograph of Shackleton's grave in 1923
Added photographs of Prince Olav Harbour Graves, Courtesy of Ken Passfield.
19/06/2006 Added information about the Sandefjord Memorial Chapel
Added another photo of Ole Hansen's funeral (Grytviken 1930).
Added some pictures of Shackleton's funeral and memorial
Added a picture of a funeral at Husvik.
Added a little info and a web link for the memorial to Sig. G.P.Green
Added photographs of Hans Jurgen Rasmussen Lie's funeral, Husvik 1914
08/06/2006 Added a little biographical info about Oddmund Klevjer
Added Photograph of Ole Martin Gullicksen's grave at Godthul
Added Biographical notes for Einar Sveinungsen
Added Biographical notes and photograph of William Barlas
06/06/2006 Added photographs of Ole Hansen's funeral
17/03/2006 Fixed error in navigation for grave H03