It looks like the weather in our part of the Arctic is determined to be as good as it possibly can be, with constant sunshine, a near flat calm sea and the temperature still in double figures. Not sure that if we were at 73º South it would be this good for this long. Fingers remain firmly crossed that the weather does not have a change of heart in the coming days.
Ladies lunch club in the Duty Mess. The Duty Mess is a convenient place for those that are unable to attend meals at meal times to still get fed and watered. It is a small space, just aft of the Galley and in my view the place to get the best food, hot off the stove or out of the oven. It is a sociable space to eat with a copy of the daily newspaper available should one want to catch up on the latest news from around the world.
A beautiful blue sky and sunshine. One of the requests by the scientists is that when the ship is stopped on station it has the starboard working deck in the sunshine. This is not just so that tans can be topped up and people kept warm, but has a scientific purpose with regards to some of the experiments that are carried out during the station, which lasts from 11:00 through to 23:00 each day. With the sun never setting, it will always be nice and bright out.
Inside one of the two container labs that are located on the Aft Deck. Heather will spend much of her time during the cruise in here conducting a variety of experiments.
On the subject of scientific experiments, I have carried out a few today and am delighted to report that the sea is both wet and salty today.
Wildlife! Sadly givin the choice between two fin whales this morning and a seagull this afternoon, the seagull wins. This due to me missing the whales and having to fall back on the only other thing I have seen.........apart from......
.....a bucket full of wildlife from the depths of the Arctic ocean! I was told what was in the bucket (there is a lot) but it was far too difficult to remember and even more difficult to spell. Hopefully the scientists will Tweet the details at some point so please keep an eye on the Twitter feed below.
Marie and Emily have been flying their drones this afternoon. Whilst it might be the worlds smallest drone, it did take some fantastic pictures and it even came back at the end of the flight!
A plankton net hanging out to dry.
I showed a picture the other day of a sounding rod, which belonged to the Engineers and was on a fancy reel. George is sounding the water tanks and is happy with the rod attached to some twine. The rod has chalk along one edge and this is washed off when in contact with water and it then enables George to read off the sounding, which is then written up in a log book and a sounding board on the Bridge.
Whilst waiting for the Shallow Underwater Camera System (SUCS) to be deployed, the two SAPS that had just been recovered trundled past on a trolley, heading for a lab where the contents will be analysed.
Deploying equipment can involve a lot of manpower. Here the SUCS is about to be deployed and there are five sailors on deck to ensure that it all goes according to plan. Once it is in the water less personnel are involved in the running of the instrument.
The back of the Forecastle Deck is a lovely sun trap and a great place to sit for a cup of tea and a chat.
Communications satellite today was 4º above the horizon.
One of our science team is writing a blog and it can be viewed HERE.
Previous updates from this trip
Noon Position Report
|Latitude:||73° 23 N|
|Longitude:||18° 55 E|
|Bearing:||230 Nm from Tromso|
|Total Distance Travelled:||1448|
|Total Steam Time:||160.5|
|Total Average Speed:||9.0|
|Wind:||Direction variable, Force|
|Air Temp: 11.3 °C||Sea Temp: 8.5 °C|
|Pressure: 1010.2||Tendency (3hrs): Steady|
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