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Sept 26 - Heading South

RRS James Clark Ross

Update 26th September 2004

Noon Position : lat 46 53.4 N, long 07 37.6 W (Bearing: 202 °T, 206 Nm from Lands End)

Distance traveled since Immingham : 654 nautical miles

Air temperature @ noon today : 15.2 degrees C

Sea temperature @ noon today : 17.4 degrees C

Wind: Direction NNE , Force 2

The JCR this Week.

Following on from the very interesting trip to the Arctic,  and the ships return to Immingham,  we are now heading south for the start of the 2004/5 Antarctic season.

Monday 20th September was a busy day with a crew changeover,  with Captain Burgan and his team joining ship after their leave period.  At the same time cargo and stores were still being loaded in preparation for sailing,  and a busy week was had by all.

There is no scientific team onboard at the moment,  the only new faces being two Deck Cadets  (Andrew Walder and William Wright) and the new ship's Doctor (Lisa Handcock).  The Cadets will remain onboard until the end of January and the doctor will stay with the ship until it returns to the UK in June 2005.

With all the cargo loaded onboard and everything secured for sea,  the Pilot boarded and the ship departed from Immingham on Friday morning,  heading round the coast and through the English Channel.

Sunday morning saw a spectacular series of whale sightings,  with mainly fin whales being seen.  There have also been some dolphins sighted.

  Andrew,  Lisa and William trying on the survival suits.  Photo A.Walder.

The last of the cargo being lowered into the hold.  Photo A.Walder.

One of the regular duties of the Deck Officers is to send in regular weather reports.  These reports include the ships position and from this it is possible to plot where the ship is.  A good site to go for this is http://www.oceanweather.com/data/NATL-Southern/marine.html   and if you click on this link it should provide you with a chart of the southern North Atlantic.  The James clark Ross can be identified from its callsign,  ZDLP.

This weeks page is a brief one,  but it is hoped to provide you with a more detailed report next week.