Last updated: Tuesday 21st  November 2017   

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Following on from our departure from Stanley on Monday night for the short passage overnight to East Cove,  I have to say that for those that had joined less than an hour prior to that departure,  the journey was a lumpy one.  It is, perhaps,  a mere sample of what we might expect when the ship is working it's way across the Drakes Passage.

Tuesday morning saw little change in the weather conditions with the wind continuing to gust up to 40 knots at times.  With two tugs assisting the JCR finally parked in East Cove at about 10:30 and then bunkering started.

With the ship safely parked the scientists were able to carry on the mobilisation of equipment for the science cruise that will start on Wednesday morning.

Whilst we were safely parked, the weather was far from nice with a combination of rain,  sleet and wind to make working on deck challenging.  Here the CTD is being fitted with the equipment that will be used to take water samples.

Scientist and crew preparing equipment for the cruise ahead.

A Kongsberg glider that will be deployed during the cruise.  This is one of a number of gliders that are on board the James Clark Ross just now.  Sadly Boaty McBoatface is not one of them!

Cormorants nesting on one of the walkways at the harbour.  It is interesting that there is a similar walkway only a few hundred metres from this one but there is not a single nest on it.

With the bunkering completed at about 17:00 the James Clark Ross departed from Mare Harbour at about 18:00 and at the time of writing the ship is starting to clear away from the islands.  I expect that tonight will be another lumpy one and have just had to nip up to the Monkey Island (the are directly above the Bridge and my cabin) as there was an annoying rattling noise that turned out to be a securing strap that was flapping on the deck in the wind.  Whilst there I came across three hardy gents who were enjoying the fresh air and keeping a lookout for some interesting wildlife.

Science is due to start at 08:00 on Wednesday morning with a test CTD.  This is to ensure that everything is working as it should and that those who have not been involved in this work previously know that is expected of them.

The science team have a blog about their work on board and it can be read HERE

Noon Position Report Tuesday 21st November 2017 

Latitude: 51 54.06 S
Longitude: 058 26.92 W
Distance Travelled: 41.1
Total Distance Travelled: 41.1
Steam Time: 12
Total Steam Time: 12
Average Speed: 3.4
Total Average Speed: 3.4
Wind: Direction SW, Force 8
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: 5.8 C Sea Temp: 8.6 C
Pressure: 992.4 Tendency (3 hrs): Steady

 

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Mike Gloistein
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