Last updated: Monday 2nd April 2018  Time Zone:  GMT   

The RRS James Clark Ross entered the all water grid IG on Monday morning and should be in the grid for about two more days.

It has been a slightly breezy day today but it continues to be nice and warm out on deck and everyone is making the most of the good weather.

The following is my final part of the Tristan da Cunha island visit.

There is a wide variety of buildings,  some of which seem to almost be hidden from sight by the growth around them.  Again the backdrop is of the volcano.

The island is very green as it can be very wet,  we jus happened to see it on a beautiful day.

I am told that this stream comes out of the mountain and that there is no shortage of water on the island.

Not far from the stream I found a convenient bench to sit on ad enjoy the view,  and this is a panoramic picture I took from that spot,  with the JCR out at anchor in the distance.

A lush green field with one of the three cemeteries in the distance.

These boats were hauled up well away from the sea and I think that they are the traditional lobster fishing boats.

Government buildings,  including the Carpenter's,  Electrician's and Plumber's workshops.  This reminded me of similar buildings in the Falkland Islands.

There is one supermarket on the island and it is run by the Government.  Goods are not cheap due to the difficulties of getting to Tristan da Cunha.

The building with all the antennas is the Radio Room.  Sadly it was not manned when I was ashore as I suspect that it would have been an interesting place for me to visit.

The harbour.  This can be very tricky to get in and out of and if there is a swell running it would be very easy to capsize a boat here.  They have very strong defences against the elements but it does require maintenance to ensure that it remains in good condition.

I did spot some wildlife whilst at the harbour,  which appeared to be home for a group of these birds (a tern of some sort,  sadly I am not sure exactly what kind).

Lobster boats hauled up in the harbour and all ready to go out to sea when conditions are right.

Following a very nice two hours ashore it was time to head back to the James Clark Ross,  taking a few souvenirs and a lot of photographs.

The passage north continues to go well and we will be arriving at St Helena on Friday morning for a brief stop to put some people ashore,  before heading off to do science in the area.  Hopefully on the second call to the island I will be able to get ashore.

Noon Position Report Monday 2nd April 2018

Latitude: 29 44.7 S
Longitude: 009 55.3 W
Bearing: 196 T, 859 Nm from Jamestown, St Helena
Course Made Good 015 T
Destination: Jamestown, St Helena
ETA at 10.3 knots is 23:51 on 05 April 2018
Distance Travelled: 248
Total Distance Travelled: 453
Steam Time: 24
Total Steam Time: 43.5
Average Speed: 10.3
Total Average Speed: 10.4
Wind: Direction ESE, Force 4
Sea State: Slight
Air Temp: 21.4 C Sea Temp: 23.5 C
Pressure: 1019.2 Tendency (3 hrs): Steady

Mike Gloistein
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