Last updated: Friday 24th November 2017   

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In the early hours of Friday morning the RRS James Clark Ross entered Marian Cove,  King Gorge Island, and the next leg of science work started.

King George Island forms part of the South Shetland Islands and was discovered in 1819 by Mr W Smith on the brig Williams and made his first landing at North Foreland,  at the North East extremity oft the island on 16th October that year.  Following the discovery of the islands the commercial exploitation of  seals then started up almost immediately and by 1822 they were almost completely exterminated.

The entrance to Marian Cove is the location of the South Korean base King Sejong and this morning a VHF call was made to the base to let them know our intentions. It seems that the cove was known to 19th centaury sealers  and may have been named after the usage of whalers.

King George Island this morning.  The weather remains windy but thankfully the sea conditions are kept down by the island and so we have been enjoying a very comfortable day.  The sea state had died down during the night which was a great help for those getting some sleep.  The ship is now working around the clock and there is now a night shift,  for both the crew and the scientists.

The South Korean Base,  King Sejong.  This appears to be a fairly large base although we did not see too many people out and about during the day.

Marian Cove ends a a glacier and this is one of the reasons that the James Clark Ross is here,  to look at how things have changed as this glacier has retreated over the years.  This was the view earlier today from the Monkey Island with the glacier dead ahead.

One of the tasks carried out today were a number of CTDs,  in fairly shallow water.  This meant that each cast was carried out in a short space of time.  Here Yvonne and Seth are controlling the firing of the water bottles that will provide samples from set depths.

The Underway Instrumentation Control Room has a chart table so that charts can be consulted without the need to walk up to the Bridge all the time.  With the swathe bathymetry system the JCR can also produce her own charts and Seth and Anna are consulting some of these this morning.

The CTD being recovered to deck this morning.  This is the view from the Winch Control Room,  looking forward to the Mid-ship Gantry and the CTD,  with King George Island in the background.

Katrin at the controls of the swath bathymetry system this morning.  When the ship was first built it did not have this system installed and this was a dark room.

As the James Clark Ross was working close to the South Korean base it was only polite to give them a call on the VHF and say 'Hello'.  One of the scientists on board has been working with a number of South Korean scientists,  although sadly none were on the base today.  As part of the conversation I asked if they would mind taking a few pictures of the ship in Marian Cove,  which I am pleased to say they did and then emailed them to me.

The Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross carrying out science in Marian Cove,  King George Island,  today.  Picture by Bek Seung-min,  the Station Leader at King Sejong base.

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

Noon Position Report Friday 24th November 2017 

Latitude: 62 13.06 S
Longitude: 058 47.36 W
Bearing: T, 1 Nm from King George Island
Cruise Number: JR17001
Distance Travelled: 215
Total Distance Travelled: 671.9
Steam Time: 17
Total Steam Time: 56.7
Average Speed: 12.6
Total Average Speed: 11.9
Wind: Direction ESE, Force 6
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: -2.6 C Sea Temp: 0.6 C
Pressure: 960 Tendency (3hrs): Rising

 

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Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com