1st August 2009

There are some days you would rather not be here. Today we have a Southerly storm blowing 50kts and 8meter seas with sleet and snow straight off the pack ice. We know, from satellite images, that the winter pack ice is now only 200 mile to the South of us.

The air temp is -8 outside and water temp 0.

Crew in the hauling room have to rotate every 2 hours so they can thaw out with hot coffee and get dry gloves before going back on deck to finish their shift.

On the bridge it gets difficult for the driver to see through the icy windows and keep the ship on the line without letting too many big buggers (waves) pore in on top of the hauling crew.

Sam, the observer, is doing his line observations for this line from inside today. Meanwhile, in the factory and hook room, the rest of the crew are getting on with their jobs while holding on with one hand as the ship rocks, pitchers and rolls through another rough day.

Shane, the 2nd mate, driving on the line. He must concentrate on every wave and anticipate every move the ship makes. It is so easy to get it wrong and fill the hauling room with water, or worse, he could break the line...that's not a good look. Sam in the back ground recording everything caught on this line segment,shortly he will go down to the factory and collect the biological datahe needs from the fish we've caught off this line.

Shane, the 2nd mate, driving on the line. He must concentrate on every wave and anticipate every move the ship makes. It is so easy to get it wrong and fill the hauling room with water, or worse, he could break the line...that's not a good look. Sam in the back ground recording everything caught on this line segment,shortly he will go down to the factory and collect the biological datahe needs from the fish we've caught off this line.

 

From the driving position the driver has a good view of the hauling room and the oncoming weather. You can see the gaff man with orange wet weathergear at bottom of the picture.

From the driving position the driver has a good view of the hauling room and the oncoming weather. You can see the gaff man with orange wet weathergear at bottom of the picture.

When the windscreen wiper stops working we can't see, there is a mad panic to cut the line and buoy the end off. Then we drag the chief out of his warm engine room to fix the problem while we give helpful instructions from inside.

When the windscreen wiper stops working we can't see, there is a mad panic to cut the line and buoy the end off. Then we drag the chief out of his warm engine room to fix the problem while we give helpful instructions from inside.

Rgds: John B.

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One Response to “1st August 2009”

  1. Jack P Says:

    Attention Sandy!!
    Hello dad Jack here. My class and I have just read all about your adventures.
    We were very interested in all the amazing things that happen on your boat.
    The class and I loved the picture of the snow fight. It looks like it is getting very cold there. It is starting to get warm here in Australia.

    I told the class that it was never dark at night where you are. Is this true?? If so why does that happen?

    Are there scary fish in the ocean that you see? Some of the photos gave us a big surprise.

    Dad, I want you to know that I am doing lots of homework and Miss Juanita says that I am a very caring friend in 1JG.

    Miss you lots
    Love Jack and Lilee

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