Last updated: Monday 27th November 2017   

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Following on from the blow yesterday and the rough seas,  things calmed down overnight and when I awoke this morning it was to discover that the James Clark Ross was in the Neumayer Channel and the weather was almost perfect.  Following a short distance behind us was a small cruise ship and I am sure that those on board were enjoying the journey.  Many on board the JCR were up early to get the most from the passage.

As we neared the end of the Channel I gave Port Lockroy a call on the VHF to say 'Hello' and let them know that the JCR would be in the area for a few days.  Port Lockroy is an old base (in the days of Operation Tabarin and Falkland Islands Dependency Survey) and was abandoned back in the 1960's.  However in recent years it has been restored and is now operated by the British Antarctic Heritage Trust as a museum.  Many of the cruise ships make a call there and they have,  amongst other things,  a Post Office.  Sadly today there was ice blocking them in and the ship that followed us in turned around when they discovered they could not get ashore.

The JCR then turned in to Börgen Bay to start on the next leg of science work and it was interesting to see that according to the chart the ship was on the glacier!  As the Captain said,  we have been where no one else has!  Initially a swath bathymetry survey was carried out to chart the seabed and then this was followed by CTD's.  Last time I looked the Shallow Underwater Camera System was being deployed.

No more words from me,  just a few pictures.  The only one to comment on (as they are all stunning!) is the seal picture,  which is  of a leopard seal.  Click on an image to enlarge.

 

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

Noon Position Report Monday 27th November 2017 

Latitude: 64° 42.66 S
Longitude: 063° 27.29 W
Bearing: °T, 1 Nm from Anvers Island
Cruise Number: JR17001
Distance Travelled: 188
Total Distance Travelled: 859.9
Steam Time: 17.7
Total Steam Time: 74.4
Average Speed: 10.6
Total Average Speed: 11.6
Wind: Direction variable, Force 1
Sea State: Calm
Air Temp: 0.0 °C Sea Temp: 0.4 °C
Pressure: 975 Tendency (3hrs): Steady

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Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com