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For the Grid collectors the James Clark Ross has slipped into Grid IL and will stay within the I section for the remainder of the passage to Southampton.

It has been another lovely day for us on the JCR with a clear sky,  lots of sunshine and a bit of a breeze.  This has been ideal for outdoor maintenance and most importantly a barbecue this evening.

For those that read the menu you will have seen that on Sunday night the pudding was home made Vienetta (which I suspect I have spelt badly).  It was delicious and had a bit of a tough start as the  freezer that it was stored in broke down and it had to be moved elsewhere.  Here it is being cut up Zhivka,  one of our Stewards.

As mentioned this is idea weather for maintenance.  One thing that should be avoided at all costs is putting a metal ship anywhere near to salt water as the end result will always involve rust.  Here Alan and Graham are working on some covers and late this afternoon they were busy applying the first coat of paint.

I had been intending to do something on the accommodation on board the JCR and today I managed to get some pictures.  This is one view a four berth cabin (one fixed bunk and three Pullman bunks.  The towels in the shape of a sailing boat is a nice finish!  This cabin is one of the eighteen that are on board for the scientists who travel or work on board.  Where possible we try not to fill the cabins unless absolutely necessary.

Another view of the four berth cabin.  There are four of these and fourteen two berth cabins.  From the cabins there is access to the satellite telephone network and the ship's Intranet,  allowing access to email and ship data (from where the Navmet screen is taken).

The two berth cabins are much smaller but offer the same facilities.  All have their own en-suite shower/toilet.  There is only one bath on board the ship and this can be found in the hospital.

  There has been a visitor to the JCR today in the shape of a friendly pigeon.  It is ringed on both legs but I have not managed to get a note of the numbers.  It has most likely been blown off course and I am sure that our ship was a very welcome sight for it.  A tin with some water in proved very welcoming.  It is very close to the barbecue and I just hope it does not become dinner tonight!

I was in the Prop Motor Room this afternoon and spotted this collection of tools.  I have no idea what they are for but the Engineers are very good at making things to help them in their day to day routine.

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Noon Position Report Monday, 12 June 2017

Latitude: 25 47 N
Longitude: 19 37 W
Bearing: 20 T, 695 Nm from Praia (Cabo Verde)
Distance Travelled: 233
Total Distance Travelled: 695
Steam Time: 24
Total Steam Time: 70.1
Average Speed: 9.7
Total Average Speed: 9.9
Wind: Direction N, Force 5
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: 20 C Sea Temp: 23.5 C
Pressure: 1014.2 Tendency (3hrs): Falling

 

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Mike Gloistein
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