Last updated: Thursday 23rd November 2017   

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At 1800UTC the James Clark Ross crossed 60 South and is now within the area covered by the Antarctic Treaty.  The day started off with good conditions and a relatively calm sea,  but by lunchtime things had changed (they often do so quickly) and this afternoon has been a little uncomfortable.  This evening is not much better and so this update is going to be short as the struggle of sitting at my desk and typing is just too much for me.

Shipping some water this afternoon as the ship heads towards King George  Island.  At some point overnight we will be passing Elephant Island.

The science team that will be starting on Friday at the glacial site have spent the day preparing for the samples they hope to collect.  When samples are collected they are all very carefully numbered and catalogued so that when taken back to the UK it is possible to accurately place each sample to a location.

There have been a number of whale sightings throughout the day,  although most of the blows have been in the distance and when a whale has popped up in front of us there has not been time to get a picture.

Tomorrow should be a much better day as we will be in the shelter of land and the science work will be fully under way and I will hopefully be able to get some interesting pictures.

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

Noon Position Report Thursday 23rd November 2017 

Latitude: 59 24.69 S
Longitude: 057 26.35 W
Bearing: 329 T, 117 Nm from Elephant Island
Cruise Number: JR17001
Distance Travelled: 300
Total Distance Travelled: 456.9
Steam Time: 24
Total Steam Time: 39.7
Average Speed: 12.5
Total Average Speed: 11.5
Wind: Direction WSW, Force 9
Sea State: Heavy
Air Temp: -0.7 C Sea Temp: 1.3 C
Pressure: 982 Tendency (3hrs): Falling

 

Previous updates from the current trip.

Previous updates from my last  trip,  to the Arctic in the summer of 2017

Mike Gloistein
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