Last updated: Monday 9thth April 2018

If you want to see some of the beasties that the scientists have found during this cruise,  have a look at the Twitter feed a the bottom of this update page (you don't need a Twitter account to view this feed).

The science has continued on the James Clark Ross and we have been enjoying some lovely weather.  In addition to the sunshine and warmth we continue to enjoy calm seas and a beautiful clear sky at night.  I make a point of looking up every evening when working in the Tropics as the sky is stunning with almost no background light to spoil it.

This afternoon the JCR was still within sight of St Helena,  some 14 miles away.  However the ship is now heading for the Bonaparte seamount to continue the work that has been done since our arrival here last Friday.

For those of you who have made contact by way of Morse Code on the amateur radio frequencies,  this is the 10m whip antenna that I use on board.  It puts out a great signal due to the huge ground plane (the Atlantic Ocean) but is limited on the reception of signals. 

Whilst on the subject of communications,  the JCR is fitted with all sorts of systems that will allow us to keep in touch with our office,  regardless of where the ship is,  but one system that is rarely used these days is the HF telex.  There are very few coast stations that still operate this sort of service as digital modes of communicating have taken over.  Imagine my surprise when my system burst into life this afternoon with  an urgent message from King Neptune,  who it transpires is planning to visit the James Clark Ross when it is in the vicinity of the Equator.  He has proposed two dates,  either the 13th or 14th April and I will be making the final arrangements on behalf of the Captain in the next day or two.

This is an AVANI trawl and it is towed on the surface a short distance behind the ship and us designed to capture plastics (micro rather than some of the larger pieces that we often see).

The Aft Deck.  This picture shows the matrix system that is built into the deck and allows for equipment to be easily secured in place,  very important on a platform that can rock and roll in bad weather conditions.

Not all equipment on board is high tech,  this is just a simple roll of line.

This evening the JCR was heading west,  towards the setting sun,  and perfectly timed for the end of dinner.

Noon Position Report Monday 9th April 2018

Latitude: 15 31.6 S
Longitude: 005 12.4 W
Bearing: 51 T, 38 Nm from Jamestown, St Helena
Cruise Number: JR17004
Distance Travelled: 149
Total Distance Travelled: 368
Steam Time: 21.4
Total Steam Time: 59.4
Average Speed: 7.0
Total Average Speed: 6.2
Wind: Direction SE, Force 5
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: 25.4 C Sea Temp: 25.5 C
Pressure: 1015.7 Tendency (3hrs): Falling

Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com