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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
Destination 1: Recife
ETA at 11.0 knots is 21:45 on 20 May 2017
Destination 2: Recife
ETA at 8.5 knots is 08:00 on 21 May 2017
Distance Travelled: 217
Total Distance Travelled: 1758
Steam Time: 24
Total Steam Time: 162.8
Average Speed: 9.0
Total Average Speed: 10.8
Wind: Direction SSE, Force 4
Sea State: Slight
Air Temp: 28.8 C Sea Temp: 28.3 C
Pressure: 1012 Tendency (3 hrs): Falling


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Mike Gloistein
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