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A passage to Halley - 28 January 2008

Just a quickie – I popped up onto the bridge to check that someone was steering the ship. I met the Chief Officer Andy Newman who kindly confirmed that an officer was always in attendance and they did have a plan to get to Halley.

He showed me the ‘way list’ and the proposed route to get to Halley on the navigational screen. Normally the ship’s route is as the crow flies, but on this journey they were required to take some sea bed readings at two locations for scientific purposes. As a result, the route had a number of small direction changes. The total journey should take a maximum of 14 days (yikes). I took photos of the way list and navigational screen and commented that although we were not in a position to approve these proposals, we had no adverse comments to make at this point. This was followed by a clear case of humour failure and I felt it best to leave the bridge. I guess it must be an Architectural joke.

Later the Captain told us that today we are at about 41 deg S and that we might start to spot sea birds from now on. Also the first Antarctic icebergs might be visible at around 47 deg S. At 50 deg S we meet the ‘Convergence’ where the Atlantic and Southern Oceans meet. This is where I will be sick again but after that it should be a lot smoother sailing (phew).

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