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The final science station on the JR16006 Arctic cruise was completed on Monday afternoon.  Now the task of packing all the equipment and preparing to demobilise has begun.

The first photo for this update is one taken a few days ago and shows how easy it is to actually miss the subject in the image,  in this case it should have been a whale and all that I have managed to get is the pool that is left behind once it has dived.  I have a lot of pictures like this,  as do many others on the JCR I suspect. 

With the science deployments now completed,  the ship is sitting on station until about 23:00 when we will head for Tromso.  This time is being put to good use with the packing cases that have been stored in the Scientific Hold lifted out and the scientists making a start on getting all their equipment packed away.  Over half of the science team will be leaving the ship on Wednesday morning,  shortly before the James Clark Ross sets sail for Southampton.

A hive of activity in the Wet Lab this afternoon.  Out on deck the equipment that has been used for sampling the mud (and there has been  a lot of mud) is being cleaned,  ready for packing.

More equipment to be packed away.  These are the Stand Alone Pumps and before they can be packed the batteries have to be recharged.  These were one of the last set of instruments to be deployed today.

One of the perks of working with a bunch of scientists is that they are very good at keeping records,  and this cruise has been no different.  The following statistics were recorded:

43 Science Stations

9,375 Copepods from nets

95 USNL Cores

66 Zoonets

59 CTDs

48 Multicorers

48 Agassiz trawls

42 SAMBA Cores

25 Shallow Underwater Camera System deployments,  595 photographs

18 Stand Alone Pumps

6 Polar bears (although there is a rumour that there was a seventh)

6 Day Grabs

3 Drone flights

1 Glider

~32,000 Litres Underway Water analysed

29,057 Litres filtered by the Stand Alone Pumps

20, 700 Litres collected with the CTD

956 Litres filtered for ARISE

A lot of good food,  tea and coffee were also consumed during the cruise.

  Boxes appearing on the Aft Deck this afternoon.  You will notice that it is once again foggy!  The day did start out bright and the sea had calmed down overnight,  but at the time of writing the update it is wall to wall fog outside.

Looking out over the Forecastle this afternoon,  with the fog spoiling the view.

There was a visitor to the ship this morning,  a kestrel I think,  who found us some 35 miles from land and needed to have a bit of a rest on the Forecastle and the Monkey Island.  It proved tricky to get close to and I have not seen it at all this afternoon,  so it may well have headed back to land.  Notice that we had some blue sky this morning.

Some of the food laid out in the Conference Room for the End of Cruise Dinner

The End of Cruise Dinner was held in the Officer and Scientist's Bar,  which is adjacent to the Conference Room and provides for a more informal end to a cruise.

Previous updates from this trip

Noon Position Report  

Latitude: 70 46 N
Longitude: 19 59 E
Bearing: 17 T, 69 Nm from Tromso
Cruise Number: JR16006
Distance Travelled: 120
Total Distance Travelled: 1448
Steam Time: 12.6
Total Steam Time: 167.3
Average Speed: 9.5
Total Average Speed: 8.9
Wind: Direction SW, Force 3
Sea State: Slight
Air Temp: 10.9 C Sea Temp: 11.2 C
Pressure: 1009.5 Tendency (3hrs): Rising



Mike Gloistein
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