Dec 10 24

The last week has been a slow journey of winding our way through the sea ice of the Weddell Sea, occasionally getting stuck for between 15 minutes and 8 hours at a time.

The crew have a number of ways of freeing the ship when this happens: moving ballast and fuel to cause the ship to lurch, or swinging the crane around. As a last resort a container is hung from the crane. This has so far worked and we have only 30 miles of fairly easy ice to negotiate before 40 miles of open water to number 4 creek at Halley where we “dock”.

Freeing the ship from ice

There’s been plenty to see this week; more penguins, seals and birds. I also had a good look around the engine room and spent some time up the conning tower which is where they drive the ship from in heavy ice as there is a better view of any water aound.

Adelie Penguin

Emperor Penguin

Antarctic Petrel

Snow Petrel

Women drivers!!!

In the control room

The engine room

Today (24th) was Christmas Day, as we are due to get there tomorrow and be really busy. We had football on the ice (won 4-0) which is a bit worrying above 3.5km of water, carols on the focsul and a 6 course dinner. By the time we get there none of us will be fit to work!!!

Xmas football on the ice!

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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