Life Aboard Ship, Dispatches From South of the "Roaring Forties"

Life Aboard Ship

#19 July 14, 2004

#18 July 11, 2004

#17 July 6, 2004

#16 July 5, 2004

#15 June 30, 2004

#14 June 27, 2004

#13 June 23, 2004
Bouvet Island

#12 June 20, 2004

#10 June 16-17, 2004
South Sandwich Islands

#9 June 13, 2004

#8 June 9-10, 2004

#7 June 4-6, 2004

#4 May 26, 2004

#3 May 23, 2004

#2 May 19, 2004

#1 May 16, 2004
Punta Arenas, Chile

May 14, 2004
Landfall: Visiting Islands in the Atlantic Ocean

June 16, 2004
South Sandwich Islands

May 30, 2004
Falkland Islands

May 26, 2004
Science on the NATHANIEL B. PALMER

June 24-26, 2004

June 15, 2004

May 30, 2004

Questions & Answers

June 16, 2004, off the South Sandwich Islands
The wind has been rising all day, so that by the time we made our last tow, it was blowing over 30 kts (temperature 7.9° C or 14° F, wind chill about -26° C or -15° F).
However, we are well outfitted and this ship is a real miracle. Even in these conditions I was able to exercise on the treadmill (a interesting feeling at times when I was suddenly climbing a much steeper hill or descending one rapidly!). We’re going south now at about 7.9 kts (can’t do 10, it’s too rough) to Montagu Island, where we will set traps in the morning. It’s possible that we will be in sea ice there; farther south it’s probably fast ice.

Thursday, June 17, 2004
Today we are at Montagu Island, the largest of the S. Sandwiches chain. We are also in the ice, although it is sea ice, not fast ice, and pancakes and growlers with bergs. Very interesting and EXCITING. The temperature was much colder today, minus 12.5 C, with a wind chill down to minus 43C (it was very windy, with gusts to over 40 kts). We surveyed the bottom most of the morning and then worked this afternoon. One of the neat features of this ship is that the deck is heated so there's no accumulation of ice or snow where we are working. Today, the working deck was fired up. It's really quite amazing to see the bulwarks and everything above deck level ice covered, but the deck clear and steaming (deck temp is 100 F!). There was a reason they gave us all that stuff in Punta Arenas before we left.