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There is now a plan for our short visit to Recife,  Brazil.  The Pilot will board the James Clark Ross at 08:00 Sunday morning for the short pilotage to the berth.  Once all fast and the paper work is completed the first group of scientists will join the ship.  This will comprise a team from National Geographic who,  led by Paul Rose,  are on board to make a program as part of the Pristine Seas series.  More information can be found HERE.  Paul worked for BAS many years ago and besides his Oceans TV series can be found on BBC2 on Saturday nights presenting a show about Yorkshire.  Late Sunday evening the remainder of the group arrive and the current plan is to depart Recife at 14:00 on Monday for the short run across to Ascension,  which is about 1,200 nautical miles to the east.

The weather continues to be generally nice although this afternoon we did have a few short heavy showers of rain (warm rain!).  Thankfully the air conditioning system seems to be working well just now and the accommodation is not too hot.

I was wandering about the lower decks today and passed through the Machinery Control Room (MCR) and took this snap of our new Engineer Euan looking after things.

Just off of the MCR is one of the Engineer Store Rooms.  This one has an interesting collection of bearings,  some of which have been on board since the ship was built.  Bearings are a part that does suffer wear and tear and having spares like this means that many things can be quickly repaired when they fail,  which in turn means that we can continue doing what we do with little interruption.

No 2 Hold.  This is fairly full with cargo returning to the UK and further.  When science cruises are completed many of the samples collected have to remain on the ship as it is too difficult to get them back at the end of the cruise.  In addition there is a lot of returning cargo from the bases,  whether that is science samples to machinery that needs to be overhauled and then returned for the next season.

Another of the Engineers store rooms.  On the far bulkhead are some flanges which are bolted to a board,  thus storing them securely and out of the way. 

The RRS Ernest Shackleton  crossed The Equator this evening and held the traditional ceremony of Crossing the Line,  with King Neptune and his entourage invited aboard.  We will be doing similar in a few weeks and I have a feeling that there will be a large number of people on board who will be going before His Court.  More on that when we get there.

Noon Position Report

Latitude: 10 28 S
Longitude: 35 32 W
Bearing: 194 T, 146 Nm from Recife
Course Made Good 032 T
Destination 1: Recife
ETA at 11.0 knots is 01:30 on 21 May 2017
Destination 2: Recife
ETA at 8.1 knots is 08:00 on 21 May 2017
Distance Travelled: 212
Total Distance Travelled: 1970
Steam Time: 24
Total Steam Time: 186.8
Average Speed: 8.8
Total Average Speed: 10.5
Wind: Direction SE, Force 3
Sea State: Slight
Air Temp: 28.7 C Sea Temp: 28.5 C
Pressure: 1011.6 Tendency (3 hrs): Falling


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Mike Gloistein
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