For the last few days we have been anchored close to Davis station, conducting a quick resupply, retrieving summer personnel, and bunkering down the helicopters to mark the end of the season.

All went well and we departed Davis on schedule last night, in similar fashion to Mawson with a few flares and the ship’s horn marking our departure as we headed out and up Iceberg Alley. Most of the expeditioners were out on the external decks to wave goodbye. It’s the last of the continent we’ll be seeing this voyage.

As we travel north today we will stop to collect a whale mooring (an acoustic recording device which will release itself from the seabed and float up for retrieval), and once complete we will be underway on the homeward journey, crossing the Southern Ocean and heading for Tassie.

Posted by Bren

Antarctic expeditioner and avid hiker.