Feb 07 - Crew Change
Noon Position : lat 59 57.8 S, long 36 04.9 W
Air temperature @ noon today : 3.2 degrees C
Sea temperature @ noon today : 2.8 degrees C
Wind: Direction WNW, Force 6
The biggest event of the week has been the crew change. After 4 months the old crew have left the ship at Stanley and the new crew, with the captain Chris Elliott have joined. It has been difficult for me to watch all my friends looking forward to going home without me. Thanks for looking after me guys! The new team have already worked out that I drink far too much tea and are badgering me to make cakes. Soon it will seem like they have been here forever.
This is our sixth call to Stanley since the beginning of the season. I realised that I probably haven't shown you many pictures of normal life around town. Here are a few photos, just to let you know where we are....
Of course in these pictures it all looks very quiet. Imagine our surprise when we found 937 passengers from the cruise ship, Amsterdam, stranded ashore due to strong winds. When you remember that Stanley has a population of 1300 that is a significant number of people to feed and find beds for the night. The local radio put out a broadcast asking for volunteers to put these people up and all of them were housed overnight. The next morning at 6 am the wind had died down and they were off. That was probably a bit more adventurous than your average cruise.
For once, this is not a doctors jolly. Many of the scientists take the opportunity of a few days in Stanley to stretch their legs and visit the Penguins at Gypsy Cove. The beach is mined and this makes a perfect nature reserve. The penguins are not heavy enough to trigger the mines but humans are, therefore the penguins have the beach to themselves with no fear of being disturbed.
On a different walk entirely, this is the view of Stanley from the top of Mount Tumbledown. Another favourite day walk starting from the Upland Goose. If you look very closely you may be able to see the JCR moored at FIPASS.
We're off again. This time we are headed toward the Weddell Sea, the furthest South that we have been yet. At the moment the ship is relatively quiet. The new crew are settling into routine and the scientists are making the most of the steaming to prepare for the science schedule ahead. Once we get to the ice edge the science programme will swing into action, people will be on shifts again and the crew will be busy on and off station. For now we'll watch the icebergs pass by.
Photos by me, L Handcock, unless otherwise credited.