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|The whaler's wreck at Enterprise Island.
Report 7 February - Team B on board Pelagic Towards Enterprise Island
Sun 7th feb 20.35
Today we have a special hello for Daniel Humphreys of Mrs.Benjamins class at
Pilgrims Way county primary school Canterbury. Dad is doing fine.
Enterprise island. We are moored on to an old whaler's wreck in a little bay
surrounded by icebergs. Loads of Antarctic Terns, snow white turtle dove-like
birds, are flying around, screaming as if we are not wanted here. When they are
breeding, they would attack us. They may be small but they are extremely
At the moment Eric, Jerry, Kate and Hamish are getting water from a glacier
waterfall, some of the purest water on earth. Without it we might not have
enough water to get us home decently. We use it for drinking, cooking and
brushing our teeth. On the tape there is choral music. Hamish likes order so he
plays this music every Sunday to remind himself and us of the fact that it is
We had a wonderful day getting here. We left deception island very early. We
had planned to leave a bit later, but the depth alarm went off at 4.15am and
woke Hamish and Adrian. The changing wind had moved the boat to a place of less
than 5 metres depth. They decided to leave at once. During the morning and the
afternoon we had a good wind but towards the evening it fell totally silent and
it started snowing. There was fog and mist and we couldn't see further than 200
metres. On our left and right large pieces of ice in beautiful shades of blue
loomed out of the mist. There was an eerie atmosphere, and it felt as if we
were the last people on earth. Eric was at the helm and he got the feeling as
if he was sailing through a dream. The whole picture seemed so unreal.
We passed several icebergs that looked as if they had been sculpted by someone,
but it must have been done by the lord himself, because so far we haven't see
any penguins carrying chisels! There was an iceberg that carried dozens of
penguins, who gave us a magnificent diving show. We felt a bit like tourists
running around for our camera's to get a good shot of our first inhabited
It is a relief for us all to get into the Antarctic proper, deep down it's what
we have all longed to see. After the rubbish of King George island and the moon
scape of Deception Island we are now beginning to sense a splendid isolation.
but now we hear from the deck above that a little yacht has just pootled into
the bay and is mooring alongside us at the wreck.the owner,a frenchman,turns
out to be a friend of hamish.this kind of invasion we are happy to receive.
Special note for Peter Barham from Bristol University :the penguin-project troy
is working on is going very well. This project is aimed at finding the best
method to tag penguins - without doing them any harm- to find out more about
their way of life.
The group is gelling quite nicely now and the British aboard are teaching the
Dutch additional englis; this is not necessarily all the queen's english.
However, there is not much progress in the learning of Dutch by the British.
'Ongelooflijk'(unbelievable) and 'goede morgen' (good morning) are about the
only words they can grasp so far. Maar we blijven eraan werken. De britten
hebben weliswaar de halve wereld ontdekt, maar van talenknobbels geen
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