Update
January 6-8, 1997

On Board the Polar Duke

© 1997 Ann Hawthorne

 

SUBJECT: SITREP AND OBSERVATIONS FROM R/V POLAR DUKE

GMT DATE: 06 January 1997

GMT TIME: 0000 0800 1600
LAT: 54-43S 56-06S 57-34S
LONG: 65-00W 64-42W 64-10W
TEMPERATURE (C): 3.7 5.4 5.1
AIR PRESSURE (MB): 987 984 978
WIND SPEED (KN): 7-10 17-21 11-16
WIND DIRECTION: SW W W
CLOUDS (%): PCL PCL PCL
SEA STATE (M): 1.0-2.0 1.0-2.0 1.0-2.0
SEA ICE: NONE

FUEL ON BOARD (@ 0800): 520 M3

SHIP'S POSITION: One-third across the Drake

REMARKS: The Polar Duke continues south across the Drake conducting an XBT transect for S-260. Moderating weather has smoothed out the passage. Passenger vessel Akademik Ioffe enroute to Nelson Straits crossed our bow early this afternoon.

Regards,
Al Hickey
R/V Polar Duke

 

SUBJECT: SITREP AND OBSERVATIONS FROM R/V POLAR DUKE

GMT DATE: 07 January 1997

GMT TIME: 0400 1200
LAT: 59-49S 61-28S
LONG: 63-46W 64-06W
TEMPERATURE (C): 1.5 5.7
AIR PRESSURE (MB): 984 984
WIND SPEED (KN): 4-6 1-3
WIND DIRECTION: N N
CLOUDS (%): PCL PCL
SEA STATE (M): 1.0 1.0
SEA ICE: NONE

FUEL ON BOARD (@ 0800): 508 M3

REMARKS: The Polar Duke will arrive in the Hugo Island Archipelago approximately 0500 LT tomorrow. If weather permits, a shore party will finish work on the AWS weathervane. The Duke will then proceed to Palmer Station later that day to continue staging for LTER.

Regards,
Al Hickey
R/V Polar Duke

 

SUBJECT: SITREP AND OBSERVATIONS FROM R/V POLAR DUKE

GMT DATE: 08 January 1997


GMT TIME: 0000 0800
LAT: 63-58S 64-56S
LONG: 65-12W 65-15W
TEMPERATURE (C): 0.5 1.4
AIR PRESSURE (MB): 984 984
WIND SPEED (KN): 11-16 22-27
WIND DIRECTION: NE NW
CLOUDS (%): OVCST OVCST
SEA STATE (M): 1.0 1.0-2.0
SEA ICE: NONE

SHIP'S POSITION: Hugo Island to Palmer Station

REMARKS: The Polar Duke arrived at Hugo Island at 0500 LT and sent a group ashore to repair the windvane on the AWS (Automated Weather Station). Work proceeded quickly and all was completed by 0640 LT. Two subsequent satellite passes within the hour indicated that all weather monitoring instruments were functioning normally. The vessel then got underway for Palmer, stopping briefly for a 2M net trawl that was filmed by the LFA crew. The vessel arrived at Palmer at 1130 LT and cargo offload began promptly. The afternoon was devoted to transferring all remaining cargo. Dr. Polly Penhale moved on station to assume her role as the NSF representative on site. The Polar Duke will depart Palmer on 11 January in the morning to begin inshore sampling operations and to allow filming by the LFA crew.

Regards,
Al Hickey
R/V Polar Duke

 

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