A view from the bridge

The forecast didn’t let us down! Overnight the weather did indeed worsen to at one point we were experiencing 75 kn (87 mph) head-on winds and waves breaking over the bridge roof. Although the majority are surviving this without actually being sick, the constant motion makes you very tired indeed.

However, some are the worse for wear and have had to visit the 2nd Officer (or Mate) in the ship’s hospital to get some stronger sea sickness pills. The 2nd Mate is responsible for all medical matters in addition to looking after the hospital itself.

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All of the cabins share a shower room between them, with some, including the Principal Scientist’s cabin, having a shower room en suite. The hospital is the only place on the vessel that has a bath!

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Given the weather we are experiencing a bath is probably not a good idea as most of the water would slosh out onto the floor.

Today has been spent catching and relashing down all the equipment, stores, chairs, tables, Christmas tree etc that took a walk during the worst of the movement which occurred at about 5 AM. Very few were able to sleep through it.

As the day progressed the wind dropped back to 35 kn (force 7) as forecast, which felt quite calm compared to what we had been through over the last two days even though waves were still washing onto the deck.

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Some were even brave enough to venture up six flights of stairs to the bridge, to be greeted by the first glimpse of the sun we’ve had so far.

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And the bravest made it to the bridge roof to check if the various antenna were still there. The four aerial antenna on the left is the OBS group’s DF (direction finding) antenna.

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A look at the navigation console on the bridge shows the wandering course we made overnight, rather than the usual straight transit path

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while the ship’s radar shows the other vessels (blue arrows) within 24 nm of our position.

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And the final image for today’s blog, a view through the bridge window to give some idea of how much we are rolling.

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