Dec 10 06

So who would have thought that the long journey to Halley base would come to a grinding halt outside Carlisle due to frozen points. Luckily, so as not to be victim of the ironic cock-up of the year I had left a spare day to get to Heathrow, and did so with time to spare. In a situation that would have left Pete appalled, I was there 2 hours before check in opened. Oh well, time for coffee and a read! ;-)

After 32 hours on the tarmac being de-iced we finally got airborne. Arrived 11ish in Cape Town tired, but had to endure 3 missing bags in the group and endless rounds of safety talks on the ship and boat drills. The prospect of the boat sinking must be 90% likely with the amount of practice we are doing. :shock:

Some of the boys in Cape Town

Good evening meal and then out to the waterfront area of Victoria Docks for a beer. One of the lads had his pocket picked, but that can happen in any big city.

Victoria Docks Cape Town

Sunday morning and we finally set sail, with the prospect of about 3 weeks wondering if we would do a boat drill that wasn’t a drill. I started taking some sea sickness tablets as soon as I got on the boat, and it seemed to pay off, with no adverse effects so far. 5 or 6 of the lads have been less lucky though, and breakfast has made an unscheduled return.

The Shackleton at night

Last view of Cape Town

First seal sighting! "Hello"

Series - Antarctic Painting

  1. Polar Painting
  2. Journey South
  3. The Journey Continues; Iceberg Ahoy!
  4. Ice Ice Baby
  5. The Weddell Sea
  6. Nearly there!!
  7. Halley 6 : On The Ice
  8. All Work and No Play
  9. Different Shades of Grey
  10. Racing Penguin
  11. The Move Begins
  12. Moving Postcard from Antarctica
  13. Winter approaches
  14. The Halley Marathon
  15. The Final Week
  16. The Journey North
  17. Antarctic Painting – Year 3
  18. Antarctic Demolition
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