Day 10 |
Feb 18, 2009

At Sea, En Route To Antarctica

By Claudia Roedel

Co-ordinates: 59º 06' 5 S, 048º 25' 6 W

The weather today was not nice at all. There was a strong swell rocking the ship and many of us were feeling slightly green. The ship speed was reduced to increase the comfort of our guests, and progress was slow. We continued with our series of lectures, with our onboard staff continuing to cast a light on the Antarctic continent, each according to his or her expertise.

At 9:30, Peter Damish gave a presentation called “Ice Ageless - Search for the Continent” where he gave us a glimpse of what the first explorers had to endure, and how they did, bit by bit, draw the map of Antarctica.

Later that morning, Chris Collins talked about the birds we expect to see around the Antarctic Peninsula. He gave a few hints about how to identify the different species, and some interesting facts about their lives.

After the “mandatory” afternoon siesta, it was time for Heidrum Oberg to give a lecture for our German-speaking guests about the penguins we are most likely to encounter during this trip.

During teatime, our photographer Richard invited all guests for a workshop. We were invited to bring our parkas and our cameras and to practice what we learned in his lecture. In this informal gathering, we had a chance to further question him or to ask for explanations or examples of what he had explained before.

The last presentation of the day was by David Munro, former Director of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He told us the story of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition of 1902-1904, whose leader established Antarctica's first permanent research station, and whose ship gave its name to the Scotia Sea.

Because of the ship's movement, many people chose to watch the lectures from the comfort of their suites instead of coming to The Theatre.