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12/07/2009

At sea - Drake Passage

The passage across the notorious Drake Passage started favourably. The skies were very grey and there was little to entice anyone on deck but there was plenty of activity inside. Peter Welton ran another Art Workshop whose results will soon be on exhibition. Photo coach Richard Harker gave the all-important lecture "I've got the shot – now what do I do?". With digital cameras, everyone has taken hundreds of images which now need to be sorted, stored and perhaps electronically enhanced.

Marine biologist Charley Wheatley gave his final talk on "The Future of the Oceans". He introduced us to several concerns facing the world's oceans. These include marine pollution and overfishing. He also described how increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are making the oceans more acid. Charley concluded his talk by discussing a number of ways that Man’s impact on the oceans can be minimized.

Historian Bob Burton gave his collection of reminiscences "When I was a lad: Two Years in Antarctica". Bob had worked at the British Antarctic Survey station on Signy Island in the mid-1960s (the same station that Russ Manning commanded in the 1990s). Bob gave a lighthearted account of a very simple, rather idyllic life in a small, very isolated and (technically) primitive community of young men.

The day finished with the formal, and delicious, Captain's Farewell Dinner, which turned out to be a lively affair.
 

   

The M/V Minerva sails across the Drake Passage.

For this Cape Petrel it is just another day at home.

Some took advantage of the library.

Others took advantage of the Bulletin Board.

In the afternoon, Bob Burton gives his lecture about living and working in Antarctica.


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