Day 10 |
Sep 12, 2011

At sea, Canada  

By Stefan Kredel, Geologist

Co-ordinates: 50° 31’ 32” N, 57° 41’ 28” W
Air Temperature: 13,2°C
Pressure: 997 hPa

No alarm clock was needed! On the one hand, I couldn’t sleep too well as we had quite some ship’s movement through the night, and on the other hand, we didn’t arrive anywhere this morning. What happened? During the night, the sea became far rougher than expected, and the Captain and his officers on the Bridge had to reduce the speed of the Silver Explorer.

At 08:00 o’clock Conrad, our Expedition Leader, made an announcement. He said what most of our guests were already expecting. Because of the slower speed, we had such a big delay that we wouldn’t reach our destination, Gros Morne National Park, this morning, and also not this afternoon. We sailed in a sea with some 6-meter-high waves, coming from the front, and for that we were sailing with something like 3 to 4 knots.

So as we looked at a day at sea, we had to come up with a new plan. First of all it was decided by Conrad and the Captain still to sail for Gros Morne National Park, even though we will arrive there a day late. I personally am very happy about this decision, as Gros Morne National Park is an absolute geological highlight! There are not too many places in the world where you can see part of an uplifted mantel.

So now we scheduled some lectures for today. Hans-Peter, our botanist, made the start and talked about “Biodiversity – Counting Life on Earth”. A pretty complex, but also very interesting topic! I was next with “Earthquake: Reason and Effect (including Tsunamis)”. A topic everybody knows a little bit about, but nearly nobody seems to understand it. I hope I could change that a bit. Hans-Peter and myself were pleasantly surprised by how many of our guests made it to The Theatre. So it was nice to see that not too many of our guests struggled with motion sickness. Also at lunch quite a lot guests showed up.

After lunch Claire, our Anthropologist, talked about “Giants of the Arctic: The Mysterious Dorset”. And even though the talk started pretty much straight after lunch, and the sea was still not much calmer, a lot of our guests attended.

At Tea Time I was hosting a Team Trivia in the Panorama Lounge. It was different to the others that my colleagues usually do. I instead showed three different photos of a location that could have been an island, a city or a well known place, and the guests had to try to guess which place it was. I had 21 different places. Quite amazing how well travelled our guests are, and how many places they knew.

At 18:00 I went to the Cocktail Hour. I had a chat with a guest from Tasmania about one of the five Amundsen statues that is down there. That is actually the last one I have left to see.

After the Cocktail Hour I went for a quick dinner, and now I am finishing these lines with the hope to have a great day in Gros Morne National Park tomorrow!