22nd December 2008

Hi and thanks to everyone who have sent messages to the crew, some from family and others from people we don’t know. Whenever comments come in we post them on the mess room bulkhead and its amazing to see how the crew respond to a connection from back home. Again, thank you, and we’ll do our best to reply to all when we get the chance.

The weather has cleared today and we have 2 lines in open water north of the ice edge. This is not the spot we want to fish, that area is still ice covered at this stage so we’ll have to be content fishing on the northern hills for a few more days yet. Its better than looking at the big white monster (the pack ice) as we call it.

Rgds: John B.

A strange looking growler

A strange looking growler

Melting iceberg

Melting ice berg


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7 Responses to “22nd December 2008”

  1. Pamela from Te Papa Says:

    Hi there
    Those are incredible icebergs! who needs a Christmas tree with one of those to look at?


  2. Keith Ingram Says:

    John and the crew.

    The strange looking growler as you call it was as I recall known as candy or lollie pop ice. Unique and very old and formed from the ice structure where great pressures were involved. Rare and a pleasure to find as I recall. Know doubt some one of far greater expertise than I will give a scientific reason.

    Good luck on the next line.

    Regards Keith
    Skipper mag

  3. A HARVEY Says:

    Thanks for the update so far, very interesting
    To Grover and the crew have a merry Christmas and a happy new year from the Harvey family in Invercargill

  4. Talleys Prov Says:

    Hi Capt John and Crew,
    Sending you xmas wishes from your fans in Prov (Paul, Tiff & Kim), love the pics, things are all good here in Sunny Nelson busy with all those Amaltal boats. Not half as much fun to deal with as you guys!

    Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!


  5. Keith Ingram Says:

    To John and the crew, remembering you all on;


    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all round the bach
    Not a possum was stirring; not one could we catch.
    We’d left on the table a meat pie and beer,
    In hopes that Santa Claus soon would be here.

    We children were snuggled up in our bunk beds,
    While dreams of pavlova danced in our heads;
    And Mum in her nightie, and Dad in his shorts,
    Had just settled down to watch TV sports.

    When outside the bach such a hoo-ha arose,
    I woke up at once from my wonderful doze.
    I ran straight to the sliding door, looking about,
    Jumped out on the deck, and let out a shout!

    The fairy lights Dad had strung up around the door
    Let me see everything down to the shore.
    And what did I see, when I took a peep?
    But a miniature tractor and eight tiny sheep.

    With a little old driver, his dog on his knee.
    I knew at once who this joker might be.
    He patted his dog, and in a voice not unkind,
    Cried “Good on ya, boy! Now, GIT IN BEHIND!

    “Now Flossy! now Fluffy! now Shaun and Shane!
    On Bossy! on Buffy! on Jason and Wayne!
    Up that red tree, to the top of the bach!
    But mind you don’t trample the vegetable patch.”

    So up on the roof those sheep quickly flew,
    With the tractor of toys, Santa and his dog too.
    As my sister awoke and I turned around,
    In through the window he came with a bound.

    He wore a black singlet and little white shorts,
    And stuck on his feet were gumboots of course;
    A sackful of toys he had flung on his back,
    And he looked like a postie just opening his pack.

    His eyes-bright as paua shell – oh, how they twinkled!
    Like an old tuatara, his skin was all wrinkled!
    He had a wide face and a round, fat tummy,
    That looked like he’d eaten lots that was yummy.

    He spoke not a word, but got down on one knee,
    And placed a cricket set under the tree,
    A present for Sis, one for Dad, one for Mum,
    Then he turned and he winked and held up his thumb.

    He jumped on his tractor, to his dog gave a whistle,
    And away they all flew, as fast as a missile.
    I called out “Thanks,” as he flew past the gate.
    He called back: “Kia ora to all, and good on ya, mate

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    Keith Ingram
    Skipper mag

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