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Christmas Day Salpetriere Bay and Port Charcot

Christmas Day Salpetriere Bay and Port Charcot

In 1908 Shackleton wrote “Some bergs had been weathered into fantastic shapes…Beautiful as this scene was, it gave rise to anxiety…for if we were caught in a breeze against this maze, it would go hard on us.” Icebergs move by way of current,...
Tuesday 27 December Cruising the Drake Passage

Tuesday 27 December Cruising the Drake Passage

Overnight it became abundantly clear that the Captain’s interpretation of a good Drake Crossing, and a calm Drake Crossing, are two very different things. There was considerable swell last night, and our ship met with some large stopper waves on her bow....
Friday 23 December at sea

Friday 23 December at sea

As I said in my toast to Shackleton at Grytviken – “For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.” These...
December 18, at sea

December 18, at sea

Another full day at sea, with plenty on offer to keep everyone entertained. Patri began with her magnificent Penguin lecture “Birds in Tuxedos”. Of course, everybody is dying to see Penguins, or rather more of them. We were lucky enough to see Magellanic...