Last updated: Wednesday 28th March 2018  Time Zone:  GMT

Wednesday has been a rather nice day in the South Atlantic,  with a  good bit of sunshine and broken clouds.  The wind has not been too light,  at a modest Force 5,  but the sea state has been good with just a slight swell.  All in all a fine day to spend at sea.

The view from the Monkey Island (the area above the Bridge) at about four o'clock this afternoon.

The science has continued to go well over the past twenty four hours.  However our time in this area is now starting to run out and on Saturday morning the plan is to arrive off Edinburgh,  Tristan da Cunha,  and spend the day at the island.  Hopefully those who wish to set foot on the worlds most remote inhabited island should be able to do so.

Once everything at Tristan da Cunha is completed,  the JCR will then start to head north for another remote island,  St Helena.  All being well we should arrive there on around the 7th April.

I have been wandering around the ship today and ended up in the Shaft Tunnel,  looking for a transducer.  The shaft tunnel is a space that the propeller shaft goes through before exiting the hull of the ship and to the propeller in the sea.  It is a big lump of metal!

Looking down below the shat and the stern thruster can be seen.  This is one of two thrusters that are used when the ship is holding a fixed position whilst carrying out the science work and is a very important component.

Noon Position Report Wednesday28th  March 2018

Latitude: 38 47.8 S
Longitude: 010 29.8 W
Bearing: 140 T, 135 Nm from Edinburgh, Tristan da Cunha
Cruise Number: JR17004
Distance Travelled: 157
Total Distance Travelled: 718
Steam Time: 20.7
Total Steam Time: 91.8
Average Speed: 7.6
Total Average Speed: 7.8
Wind: Direction SSW, Force 5
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: 16.8 C Sea Temp: 17.9 C
Pressure: 1013.3 Tendency (3hrs): Rising

Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com