Category: Voyage 1

Flight tomorrow?

Today was heli fly off for essential Davis personnel, so those like myself not involved spent most of today bunkered in with the bridge and external decks closed. So a rather uneventful day for myself and no opportunity to get off the ship unfortunately. Wandering around Davis might have to...

/ 14 November 2017

Land, ho!

Today has been an absolute stunning day of cruising between the ‘bergs, followed by a glorious sunset just before midnight. It’s been a beautiful orangey-yellow twilight since, and with sunrise less than 4 hours away from sun down, it just doesn’t get dark at night anymore. More opportunity to stay...

/ 13 November 2017

Almost there

We’re through most of the first year pack ice at this point. Yesterday we had to crunch through some pack where the ship will go through as much of a crack lead as it can, get stuck, reverse, then full speed ahead on both engines as it kind of beaches...

/ 13 November 2017

Into the pack ice

Today was quite eventful as we’ve now reached the pack ice. I woke up this morning to the sound of “doonk”, “doonk” – little bergy bits hitting the ship’s hull. We had another safety drill this morning and by now we’re quite well versed in grabbing survival packs, lifejacket, and...

/ 11 November 2017

More bergy bits

We’re due to reach the pack ice floe later tomorrow, but we’re increasingly sighting more and more icebergs and bergy bits. No sea ice forming yet, just things that have broken off from further south and has floated up here. Weather-wise it’s starting to get pretty cold out. Checking the...

/ 10 November 2017

First iceberg

Looks like we’re heading in the right direction.

/ 10 November 2017

Snow!

Today is the first day seeing snow outside, so I’m pretty sure we’re heading the ship in the right direction. Big, fluffy flat flakes like you see in the movies drifting around in the air. It’s really pretty to look at, until it freezes on the steel decks that is...

/ 9 November 2017

My first aurora!

I was reading in the library tonight when someone came past: “Hey – there’s an aurora going off above the ship!” I race up the stairs to the bridge. There’s cloud around the horizon, but sure enough out the front windows we can see bands of shimmering green of all...

/ 7 November 2017

Week 2 of Voyage 1

Training has been going well over the last few days. We’ve been learning orienteering with a map and compass, tying knots for Search and Rescue (SAR) and to tie down vehicles, reviewing survival kit contents (including putting up a tent in the rec room!), and operating handheld VHF radios. It’s...

/ 7 November 2017

Day 5 of V1

The voyage has been going well so far. Fortunately I handle the rough seas pretty well even when it gets up to 6-8 metres as we’ve had the past few days. To help pass the time, I’ve volunteered to be part of the onboard social club, organising nightly talks from...

/ 3 November 2017

Leaving Tasmania

This morning I woke up at 05:30. After a quiet night anchored at Bruny the ship’s engines started up, in preparation for our departure. We were soon underway and continuing on down the eastern coast of Tasmania. I snapped a couple of nice pictures of the rugged cliffs as we...

/ 31 October 2017

I’m on a boat!

We’re at sea! A quick recap of our departure… Yesterday was a rather long day. It started with the bus coming to collect us expeditioners from our hotels and we were off to the wharf before 7am. After baggage weigh-in and running a small IT Helpdesk for non-Division expeditioners helping...

/ 30 October 2017