May 01 - Crossing the Line
Noon Position : lat 4 36.7 N(!), long 44 49.4 W
Course made good: 307 T
Air temperature @ noon today : 27.8 degrees C
Sea temperature @ noon today : 27.4 degrees C
Wind: Direction NE, Force 5
Hello, just thought I'd better let you know what we are up to at the moment. We have just crossed the equator and so, are now in the northern hemisphere. Life has been busy and quiet at the same time. Quiet because there are no scientists on board, just the crew, myself, Pat Cooper for ETS and Debbie Salmon (professional sunbather!). Busy because there has been a lot of work for the crew to do. The deck crew are chipping and painting furiously, attacking the rust as though it were a personal enemy! The engineers were first busy trying to make the water cooler more efficient and since then have been very occupied with the air-conditioning. It is amazing to think that they are working so hard to keep us cool, yet not very long ago we were trying to keep warm. If you check out the air temperature above you will notice that it is more than 20 degrees warmer than the last diary I wrote.
King Neptune's Court
Mariners and BAS diary followers will know about King Neptune's court. When any person crosses the equator for the first time by ship they are required to attend the court of King Neptune to be tried and punished for their crime as appropriate. It is normal to hide but the policemen will find you wherever you are.
In this instance, King Neptune, his Queen Aphitrite and six policemen were invited aboard to set up court on the aft deck. There were three people required to pay tribute to King Neptune on this crossing. Debbie, myself (I seem to have managed to sneak south without being noticed, but couldn't get away with it this time) and Glen Ballard (who protested very loudly but failed to produce paper evidence in time to save himself a dunking). I knew that I wouldn't get away with it because of this little rhyme written by one of our crew......
Now Doctor Lisa
Toiling long with sugar and flour,
So all our bellies start to rumble,
Now she sits back with that impish grin,
Its curls and squats
Then she puts us on the scales,
She takes a look at our blood pressure,
But dearest Dr. Handcock,
Crossing the line, 30th April 2005
1: I spend a lot of time on my turbotrainer on deck in lycra shorts!
2: Duncan is head cook.
3: Also know as circuit-training.
The police seemed to have some difficulty this year in finding the girls, but eventually we were all gathered on the aft deck.
For those of you who have 'Real Movie Player' there is a short clip of us recieving our punishments here. (341 KB)
With thanks to Simon Wright and Calum Hunter for the photos.
To finish, here are a couple of photos taken by Pat Cooper. Next diary will be from the Carribean!