Last updated: Tuesday, 18. July 2017 16:49 UTC   Local time GMT +2

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The RRS James Clark Ross is on science cruise JR16006 to the Arctic and during this work period will be spending some time outside of the communications satellite that I use to update this web page.  More information on this can be found HERE

The James Clark Ross is now on the outer limits of the normal communications satellite.  I may,  from time to time,  be able to update this page with the Daily Position Report,  below.  There will be no menu or photographs until the ship is back inside the satellite footprint.  I also hope that the ship's track will continue to work.

Tuesday has been a very dull day,  with visibility down to just a few hundred metres.  The sun has tried,  from time to time,  to break through the fog that has shrouded us but sadly it has failed.  Since completion of the last science station on Monday evening the James Clark Ross has been making steady progress northwards.

Late afternoon,  just before 17:00,  ice was spotted on the 10cm radar and an air of excitement ran through the ship.  Some twenty minutes later,  at 7812'N the Arctic pack ice was encountered.  For many on board this will be the first time that they have experienced such a thing and it was obvious to all when we entered as the ship began to shudder and shake.  The ice did not appear to be too bad and steady progress is being made through it. 

With the visibility so poor  it all happened quickly.  Shortly before the ice edge was sighted a few small bits of clear ice drifted past,  steadily increasing as the ice edge came closer.  Then a brighter link on the horizon (only a few hundred metres ahead) showed the beginning of the pack.

The Bridge became a popular tourist spot,  for those that wanted to remain warm,  whilst the Forecastle was the place to be if you did not feel the cold.

There have been some footprints seen in the floes,  but with visibility so poor it is unlikely that any polar bears would be sighted,  even if close by.

The intention is to proceed to the next science station,  which at the time of writing is only about eight miles away,  and commence the next round of work at 23:00

  Yesterday the only interesting sighting were some pomarine skuas.

Pictures taken during our comms blackout will be available once the ship heads south again and will appear in the archived Daily Updates.

Previous updates from this trip  The archive only goes to 13th July.  Once back in range of comms I will update any days that have interesting data.

Noon Position Report Tuesday, 18 July 2017 

Latitude: 77 31 N
Longitude: 31 45 E
Bearing: 101 T, 209 Nm from Longyearbyen
Cruise Number: JR16006
Distance Travelled: 199
Total Distance Travelled: 1448
Steam Time: 17.2
Total Steam Time: 160.5
Average Speed: 11.5
Total Average Speed: 9.0
Wind: Direction S, Force 3
Sea State: Calm
Air Temp: 8.3 C Sea Temp: 7 C
Pressure: 1011.3 Tendency (3hrs): Steady

 

Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com