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Crossing the Drake 6 January 2017

Crossing the Drake 6 January 2017

As the Captain said, we have calm seas at present, thankfully. Last evening, the light was exquisite on the mountains and Glaciers surrounding Melchior Islands, before we left the Peninsula behind, and headed out into the open seas of the Drake Passage. This...
Thursday 5 January Wilhelmina Bay and Port Lockroy

Thursday 5 January Wilhelmina Bay and Port Lockroy

Early this morning, in somewhat grey, overcast conditions, Le Lyrial entered Wilhelmina Bay. My cabin mate was up until 1.30am preparing his lecture and PowerPoint for today. Thankfully he was thoughtful enough to do so on the top deck, and let me sleep. Before, he...
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...