Last updated: Monday, 25. May 2015 21:07 UTC Local time GMT -3
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An early morning picture of the James Clark Ross alongside at FIPASS. Picture Richard Turner
This morning was cold and dark when I got up and whilst the sun did make an appearance it remained cold throughout the day. The first task was to clear the main walkways of snow and ice that had turned the decks white during the night.
Sunrise this morning was rather lovely.....just a shame that could not be said for the remainder of the day.
With the last stores loaded on board the James Clark Ross all was ready for departure from the Falkland Islands and the start of the 7,000 mile journey north to the United Kingdom. Sadly as the ship was letting go of the lines the weather changed and a bit of a snow storm decided to pass us by. This meant that it was none to nice working down on the deck with the ropes.
Earlier in the day the views were rather nice with the low sun creating some lovely colours. Here I am looking towards the eastern end of FIPASS.
Looking across to the south from the ship over the storage units on FIPASS.
At the eastern end of Stanley Harbour is the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth, which was used as floating storage but broke her moorings as was washed up in her present position many years ago.
This is the view of Stanley on departure from FIPASS. The James Clark Ross moved off the berth at 1700UTC (1400 Stanley time) and then headed out through The Narrows and out through Port William, before turning to the north. There was one inbound vessel and a number were spotted in Berkley Sound, and this evening the wind and sea are behind us, which is good, although it was snowing heavily when I last looked out of the Bridge windows. Hopefully in a few days time the temperature will have risen to double figures and we will all start to warm up.
This was the final view of the Falkland Islands as we left Port William this afternoon. Once out in open water we were joined by a few sea birds who will keep us company for the next few days. As we go further north the number of birds following the ship will drop off.
Inside the Explosives Locker. The good news is that there are no explosives onboard and this space is being used for general cargo. On the deck are four boxes with AVOR floats, which will be deployed over the next few days. The one that is on display is due to be deployed on Tuesday morning.
HF conditions this evening, operating as GM0HCQ/MM, have not been great and I don't think that the snow storm that we are in the middle of is helping a great deal but hopefully conditions will improve as the ship heads north.
I think that we had one of the biggest send offs that I have seen for a number of years with a small group of people braving the weather this afternoon to wave us on our way.
The full Noon Position Report should be back from tomorrow, which will give details of distance covered and average speed. I think we need to average just over 13 knots for the journey to arrive at Immingham on June 17th.
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