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Survival training... - Antarctica

Survival training...

Jan. 15, 2004

Log Book Abstract of M/S Explorer II:

At Sea, Southwest.
Falkland Island.

Noon Position: Lat.: 54-06S. Long.: 061-37W.
Weather: Overcast-haze.
Air Pressure: (mb) 1004.
Air Temp.: (°C) 11.
Water Temp.: (°C) 9.
Sea Conditions: Moderate sea & swell 8-12 ft.
Wind: Northwest 20-25kts.

Vessel moving easily, cruising southwest of Falkland Island.

Mode: TO

Type: Subway/Metro

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 6, 2004
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From the bridge deck, now, who's in control? Guess - Antarctica

From the bridge deck, now, who's in control? Guess

Jan. 14, 2004

This is the Log Book Abstract of M/S Explorer Two:

Ushuaia, Argentina

Jan. 14, 2004 - Departure: 1900 LT.
Position: Lat.: 54-48S. Long.: 068-18W.
Weather: Partly Cloudy Sky.
Air Pressure: (mb) 1014.
Air Temp.: (°C) 10.
Water Temp.: (°C) 9.
Wind: Southwest 10 kts.
Sea Conditions: Low Swell 1.5 ft.

In the afternoon onboard the Explorer II & in the evening cruising in the beautiful Beagle Channel for Falkland Island.

Ocean Explorer:
"The BEAGLE CHANNEL was discovered in 1829-30 by the British naval officers William Parker in Adventure & Robert Fitzroy in Beagle. It was further surveyed in 1832-33 when Fitzroy returned in Beagle, on the famous voyage with Charles Darwin on board."

Mode: TO

Type: Ship/Boat

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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Thank you all! - Antarctica

Thank you all!

Crews & Staff onboard M/S Explorer II

Special thanks to these marvelous people who have made it such an adventure & wonderful journey to the End of The World!

Master Captain - Uli Demel (German).
Staff Captain - Paul Heslop (British).
Chief Officer - Nicolay Tilliyuk (Ukrainian).
2nd Officer - Wlodzimierz Morawski (Polish).
Navigation Officer - Vince Ferrer (Filipino).
Radio Officer - Natararajan Raveendran (Indian).
Ship Doctor - Maciej Stronczak (Polish).

Chief Engineer - Sergiy Popov (Ukrainian).
Staff Engineer - Francesco Frasca (Italian).
1st Engineer - Dionisio Pepito (Filipino).
Chief Electrician - Zenec Zarwalski (Polish).

Hotel Director - Freddy Strohmeier (Austrian).
Maitre D'Hotel - Lazlo Zsukk (Hungarian).
Chief Purser - Shirley Robbins (Australian).
Crew Purser - Debra Lunn (British).
Executive Chef - Alan Winder (Canadian).

Cruise Director - Peter Graham (British).
Expedition Leader - Trip Dennis (American).

A salute to all of you who have done a fantastic & excellent job!

Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mode: TO

Type: Ship/Boat

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Far left - Joel. Far right - Ricky - Antarctica

Far left - Joel. Far right - Ricky

Jan. 24 - 25, 2004

Ushuaia, Argentina.

Arrival: 1900LT.
Position: Lat.: 54-48S. Long.: 068-18W.

Vessel alongside Ushuaia pier.
Distance traveled from Cape Horn = 140'NM.
In the morning after breakfast we disembark Explorer II.
Time to say goodbyes.
Special thanks to these Filipinos who have been serving us for the last 12 days.
Excellent service & always so cheerful & warm.
Thank you all & especially to Ricky & Joel!

Total Distance Traveled = 2372'Naut.Miles.

Mode: TO

Type: Ship/Boat

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Cape Horn, Chile - Antarctica

Cape Horn, Chile

Jan. 24, 2004

Cape Horn, Chile.

Arrival: 0600LT. Departure: 0630LT.

Position: Lat.: 55-58S. Long.: 067-17W.
Weather: Overcast.
Air Pressure (mb): 990.
Air Temp.: (°C) 10.
Water Temp.: (°C) 9.
Wind: Northwest 20-25 kts.
Sea Condition: Rough to Moderate Swell 12-15 ft.

In the morning passingby Cape Horn Island.
The southern tip island of south America which divides the 2 big ocean Pacific & Atlantic Ocean.
Distance traveled from Deception Island = 495'NM.

Mode: TO

Type: Ship/Boat

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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It's all in HIS hands! - Antarctica

It's all in HIS hands!

Jan. 23, 2004

At Sea. Heading back to Argentina.
Drake Passage! Our worst night possibly.

Noon-Position: Lat.: 59-10S. Long.: 064-58W.
Weather: Overcast sky.
Air Pressure (mb): 1001.
Air Temp.: (°C) 9.
Water Temp.: (°C) 4.
Wind: Northwest 25-30 kts.
Sea conditions: Moderate & Heavy swell 20-25 ft.

Vessel pitching & rolling moderately ocassionally heavily cruising the famous Drake Passage.

I was warned by Lope about this night.
He told me it'd be rough that night.
So, I didn't eat much for dinner.
Went to bed after popping in one of those magical "jet-lag" pills!
It worked! I slept through it! Haha!
Next morning, I heard some really had it bad!
Most didn't get any sleep that night!

Mode: AROUND

Type: Ship/Boat

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Cold? It's all an illusion ;-) - Antarctica

Cold? It's all an illusion ;-)

Jan.22, 2004

Pendulum Cove.
Deception Island.

Arrival: 0830 LT.
Departure: 1100 LT.

Position: Lat.: 62-56S. Long.: 060-37W.
Weather: Overcast. Rain & snow.
Air Pressure (mb): 983.
Air Temp.: (°C) 6.
Water Temp.: (°C) 2.
Wind: Northeast 35 kts.
Sea conditions: Slight-moderate 3-4 ft.

Vessel drifting off Pendulum Cove Bay.
Distance traveled from Pleneau Island = 185'NM.
There was enough hot water to make the swim lots of fun!
I tested it though I didn't take a dip!

Mode: AROUND

Type: Ship/Boat

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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In search of the unimaginable! - Antarctica

In search of the unimaginable!

Jan. 21, 2004

Pleneau Island.
Lemaire Channel.

Arrival: 1630LT. Departure: 1930LT.

Position: Lat.: 65-07S. Long.: 064-02W.
Weather: Cloudy sky.
Air Pressure (mb): 998.
Air Temp.: (°C) 3.
Water Temp.: (°C) 2.
Wind: Light air 3-5 kts.
Sea Conditions: Calm 0.5 ft.

Vessel drifting off south end of Lemaire Channel Booth Island.
Distance traveled from Port Lockroy = 33'NM.
"The Furthest South Traveled".
Cruising amongs the icebergs was a real highlight.

Mode: AROUND

Type: Ship/Boat

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Port Lockroy (Britain) - Antarctica

Port Lockroy (Britain)

Jan. 21, 2004

Port Lockroy.
Wiencke Island.

Arrival: 0800LT. Departure: 1430LT.

Position: Lat.: 64-49S. Long.: 063-30W.
Weather: Partly cloudy.
Air Pressure (mb): 998.
Air Temp.: (°C) 7.
Water Temp.: (°C) 2.
Wind: Lt. Air 3kts.
Sea conditions: smooth 0.3 ft.

Vessel drifting off North of British base station.
Distance traveled from Neko Harbor = 60'NM.
We visited the small historic base & did a bit of shopping ;-)

Mode: AROUND

Type: Ship/Boat

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Captivating Paradise Bay - Antarctica

Captivating Paradise Bay

Jan. 20, 2004.

Almirante Brown Station.

Arrival: 1630LT. Departure: 2200LT.
Position: Lat.: 64-53S. Long.: 062-53W.
Weather: Partly cloudy sky.
Air Pressure (mb): 981.
Air Temp.: (°C) 5.
Water Temp.: (°C) 2.
Wind: Light air-Northwest 5-15kts.
Sea conditions: Calm. Low swell 0.3-1.5 ft.

Vessel drifting off Paradise Bay.
Distance traveled from Neko Harbor = 25'NM.
A fun zodiac cruise in the beautiful scenery.

Mode: AROUND

Type: Ship/Boat

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 6, 2004
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