Day 9 - August 15, 2013 - At sea, en route to Canada
By By Travis Wadeley, Staff Assistant
Co-ordinates: 62˚16’06”N 65˚30’08”W
Weather: Misty to sunny
Air Temperature: 5ºC
Pressure: 1001 hPa
Wind: 35.2 km/hr
Today we finished crossing the Davis Strait, sailing into Frobisher Bay, on our way to Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut, where at approximately 9 AM we will be collecting the Canadian officials from Iqualuit to officially start the Canadian portion of this voyage.
The start of the day was slower than normal as a few guests decided to take a longer time in to lie and relax from a late night. Last night, the Aurora Borealis was spotted off the stern of Silver Explorer and many guests and crew spent a couple of hours staring into the clear night sky to witness one of nature’s most awesome spectacles. Luckily, after a good hearty breakfast, everyone on board was ready to tackle the day.
The day was misty however, so many guests decided to enjoy the intellectual offerings on board, starting with a performance from our very own rock star, Juan Carlos Restrepo, a geologist by trade. Juan’s lecture, aptly named “Geology Rocks,” was setup as an introduction to the basic terminology and concepts needed to understand the geological features of the places we were exploring this voyage. I’m sure the information learned will be a great conversation filler at any future cocktail party.
We then moved onto “The Weird & Wonderful,” a lecture from our marine biologist, Robin Aiello. This lecture moved away from the normal creatures that one would associate with the Arctic region and focused on the interesting lifestyles of some of the Arctic’s oddest sea creatures; Pteropods, Ctenofores, and Giant Squid. At the conclusion of this brilliant trip inside “The Weird & Wonderful,” it was time for a well-deserved lunch.
During lunch we managed to sail out of the mist and into clear sunny skies. Many guests took to the outer decks to enjoy the day, realizing afterwards that it was a good idea to bundle up. It was not too long before the coast of Canada was spotted and an end to our time at sea was nearing, but there was no more time for sightseeing as many guests were filling the theatre for the final lecture of the day, “Franklin expedition: The Face that Launched a 100 Ships.”
The lecture, by historian Peter Damisch, follows the disappearance of the Franklin Expedition, which was the highest technological voyage of its time, sent out to achieve the first Northwest Passage across the Arctic. The mystery around this disappearance led to more than 40 search expeditions, enabling much more exploration of the frozen north than previously imagined. In true mystical fashion, Peter left us hanging for the sequel, “Frozen in Time,” which will conclude what was determined to have led to the disappearance and downfall of the Franklin Expedition.
To finish off the evening, a recap was done of some of the exciting things experienced thus far on the voyage, such as the explanation behind the origin of the Aurora Borealis. Guests were then treated to an excerpt of the voyage DVD, compiled by our amazing videographer and photographer, Richard Sidey. Afterwards, our Venetian Society members were welcomed to a cocktail party in their honour, followed by a Venetian Society dinner for everyone; all while sailing along to our next adventure.
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