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1297Tristan and Antarctic News

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  • Bob Conrich
    Nov 1, 2005
      Sartma Daily
      A brief run-down of South Atlantic news [excerpts]

      By James Glass (Tristan Times)

      The next vessel to depart Capetown with mail and cargo will be the fishing vessel Edinburgh on the 2nd November. The last
      vessel to depart Capetown in this year 2005 will be the Kelso on the 24th November, so post your Christmas mail now, if you
      want it to catch the vessel.

      And, while you are thinking about it, why not order a Christmas painting from Jimmy Rogers for that person in your family
      who is missing home. Jimmy Rogers’ paintings, framed or unframed (suggested) can be shipped to you from the Falklands. The
      oil painting shown in the photo unframed is £115.00. With the frame it is £152.50. Shipping costs are separate but will be
      included in the invoice. You will receive an invoice and instructions to pay via e-mail upon your order.

      Photo (c) Jimmy Rogers - A scene from the patches. See:

      By James Glass (Tristan Times)

      The Fishing vessel Espardarte arrived at Tristan on Thursday last week but bad weather and poor harbour conditions prevented
      the vessel from getting her cargo ashore, so she was unable to go to the fishing grounds. This only happened on Saturday
      although harbour conditions were still not good and the boat had to wait several minutes before making a dash out of the
      harbour and the same on the return.

      Only one barge went out to collect the 11 bags of mail, medical supplies and packages.

      By James Glass (Tristan Times)

      Due to the extremely poor weather conditions around Tristan da Cunha, there have only been twelve fishing days since the
      season opened on 01 July 2005.

      The ladies processing strike also affected the amount of processed seafood that came out of the factory on Tristan.
      However, 100 tonnes of the quota allotted to Tristan fishermen still remain to be fished.

      Royal Navy: 31 Oct 2005
      Endurance to help scientists study the retreating ice

      Ice patrol ship HMS Endurance leaves Portsmouth today for her annual six-month deployment better equipped than ever – and
      she will carry out, among other things, work that will help scientists study the impact of the Antarctic’s melting ice cap.

      Endurance is regarded by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) as vital to south polar environmental research. Her Commanding
      Officer, Captain Nick Lambert, describes the Antarctic as “the massive engine of the world’s atmosphere” as its ice affects
      the Gulf Stream, and its winds having an impact on the environment of the whole Globe.

      Results from the BAS and US Geological Survey published in the journal Science show that over the past 50 years 87 per cent
      of the 244 glaciers studied have retreated and that average rates of shrinkage have accelerated, with scientists linking the
      changes to global warming.

      Supporting scientific research in the British Antarctic Territories – an area the size of Western Europe – is one of
      Endurance’s main tasks. According to the BAS’s Operations Manager, Mike Dinn, his institution, which studies all aspects of
      the region’s environment, is heavily dependent on the ship’s support during each research season in the Antarctic summer.

      Vital elements that Endurance provides are her two Lynx helicopters which can reach parts of the continent that the BAS’s
      two ships and fixed-wing aircraft cannot. In addition they provide the only rapid lift facilities for supplies, being able
      if necessary to transfer in one day up to 200 drums of fuel – essential to survival in summer temperatures that plummet to
      as low as minus 30C.

      But that work, important as it is to aid our knowledge of the enigmatic continent and its effect on the world’s environment,
      is only a part of what Endurance – nicknamed The Red Plum from the colour of her hull – brings to a frozen world the size of
      the USA.

      Antarctica is becoming increasingly popular with cruise liners, many of them sailing in uncharted waters: during her last
      season, Endurance encountered more than 70 merchant vessels in the icy wastes.

      Her survey work which produces data to update British and international charts, is making Antarctic waters safer for
      tourists and scientists alike. And this year she is better equipped than ever to do so: for the first time on this
      deployment she will bring into play a new, updated multi-beam sonar – a version specially tailored to meet the challenges of
      the area – which will provide a more accurate picture of the ocean floor to a greater depth.

      She will also collect data ashore to provide ‘tourist site guidelines’, which will give advice on the ten specific sites
      where tourists may be landed. The UK has been nominated as the focal point of the initiative, run in conjunction with the
      International Association of Tourist Operators.

      The region’s heritage is also her concern: this year she will help wreck archaeologist David Mearns, whose organisation Blue
      Water Recoveries found sunken German battleship Bismarck and her opponent HMS Hood which were sent to the bottom during an
      epic sea battle in 1941. This time he is searching for the Swedish polar exploration ship Antarctic, and in the following
      season he plans to scour the Weddell Sea for her more famous contemporary – explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance,
      crushed by the ice in 1915.

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