Apr 05 - Signy and Bird Island
Noon Position : lat 53 47.9 S, long 37 56.1 W
Course made good: Variable
Air temperature @ noon today : 4.4 degrees C
Sea temperature @ noon today : 3.7 degrees C
Wind: Direction W, Force 6
Dear Diary..........well we have been busy since I last wrote. After all that Swath and whale-watching we visited Signy for the last call of the season. Turn off the lights and lock the door behind you! Then we moved on and completed the third Western Core Box of the season. If you aren't sure about the core box then read about is on this previous diary.
We have now switched completely to logistics. So it was off to Bird Island to load cargo. They have been very busy at BI this season. As well as the science, which is ongoing, there has been a big project to build a new base. As you can see from the photos they have made amazing progress. We had to bring out a lot of the waste from the building work as well as the usual end of season cargo. On our second day at BI the weather was calm, with bright sunshine. Exceptionally rare! So as many people as possible took the opportunity to walk on the island and see the wildlife, it was so good to see the albatross and their chicks, giant petrels, penguins, pipits and of course seals. That was all happening today and we are now steaming towards KEP, South Georgia, to arrive first thing in the morning.
Here are the photos so that you can see what we've been up to.
Closing Signy Base
Last Call Bird Island
I'd like to say thankyou to the people on Bird Island on behalf of the crew and scientists on the JCR. They have been the perfect hosts and tour guides for all of us ship-bound visitors, and we loved the cakes Sarah! Thanks for a great couple of days.