Another warm day on board the James Clark Ross as we get closer to the Equator, although it will be a few weeks before we cross it as the next science work is in the vicinity of Ascension Island, which is just south of the Equator.
This morning the ship's company had a drill, which was based around an explosion in the Auxiliary Machinery Room. This resulted in a number of 'casualties', which was the purpose of the exercise, and was designed to test the medical party. All went as well as expected and by 11:15 everyone had made a fantastic recovery.
Andris, our Chief Engineer, is keen to keep fit and healthy and can often be spotted working out on deck. Richard, who I mentioned in an earlier update, has a portfolio of photographs entitled 'Seafarers and Scientists Tattoos' and this was a perfect example. Picture Richard Turner
Wildlife today has been a lone booby, or gannet, which kept a constant downward watch looking for fish. When spotted they make a wonderful dive, with wings folded back, entering the water like a dart to catch their prey. They have special lenses to protect their eyes and as they get older these fail which sadly means that they are no longer able to hunt and so die of starvation.
Noon Position Report
|Latitude:||13° 34 S|
|Longitude:||36° 30 W|
|Bearing:||110 °T, 130 Nm from Salvador|
|Course Made Good||037 °T|
|ETA at 11.0 knots is||21:45 on 20 May 2017|
|ETA at 8.5 knots is||08:00 on 21 May 2017|
|Total Distance Travelled:||1758|
|Total Steam Time:||162.8|
|Total Average Speed:||10.8|
|Wind:||Direction SSE, Force 4|
|Air Temp: 28.8 °C||Sea Temp: 28.3 °C|
|Pressure: 1012||Tendency (3 hrs): Falling|
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