Last updated: 11th July 2017

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There has been a change in the weather overnight and Tuesday has been overcast,  dull and a bit breezy,  which means that for those working on deck it will be a bit on the chilly side and going out well wrapped up is the order of the day.

This morning the James Clark Ross arrived off  of the southern tip of Svalbard,  with land just visible in the distance.  The science station that we are working on today is a very shallow one,  with only some 60m of water below us.  I think that tomorrow we will be operating in much deeper waters.

An Auk.  This lovely bird,  which somewhat reminds  me of an Adelie penguin,  decided to land in the cargo tender this morning.  I had a feeling that it would struggle to get airborne from there and so went down at lunchtime and gave it a helping hand.  I have always enjoyed watching these birds,  whose wings appear to be far to small to enable them to fly,  and so was rather pleased when I picked it up and released it over the side of the ship.  The wings were rather powerful.

Land ahoy!  Svalbard in the distance through the mank.

We have had large numbers of birds sitting around the ship and I spotted these two on top of a container on the Forecastle Deck.  They did not seem to be too bothered by my presence as I walked past them.

Emptying the net following a cast this morning.

The communications satellite today was 1.8 above the horizon for much of the day and our link was not very stable,  with just a slight roll affecting the quality.  Late this afternoon the JCR has started to steam some 20 miles to the south and this is giving a nice clear view of the satellite and comms have improved slightly,  with the elevation rising to just over 2.  The plan is to work to the west tomorrow and this too should help improve the link.

With the ship shrouded in fog for much of the day it was nice to see this clear away late in the afternoon and afford us a glimpse of some peaks on the island.

The peaks of Svalbard in the distance late Tuesday afternoon.

The Dartcom picture now shows the science stations B16 to B18 and also that there is a good amount of ice in this area,  which should make for an exciting journey later in the week when the JCR turns to the north.

The first ever British Antarctic Territory wedding will take place this weekend at Rothera Base and all looks set for a fine event with excellent celebrations.  More on this wonderful and happy event can be found HERE

One of our science team is writing a blog and it can be viewed HERE.

Previous updates from this trip

Noon Position Report 11th July 2017

Latitude: 75 11 N
Longitude: 17 32 E
Bearing: 173 T, 113 Nm from Longyearbyen
Cruise Number: JR16006
Distance Travelled: 73.3
Total Distance Travelled: 1448
Steam Time: 8.6
Total Steam Time: 160.5
Average Speed: 8.5
Total Average Speed: 9.0
Wind: Direction NNE, Force 4
Sea State: Slight
Air Temp: 3.2 C Sea Temp: 5 C
Pressure: 1007.9 Tendency (3hrs): Steady

 

Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com