ploughing through the ice …

The Aurora Australis is returning to Davis base to pick up a sick expeditioner, ramming through thick pack ice and -15C freezing conditions:

As we continued through the heavier pack ice into lighter stuff the crew began the task of de-icing the decks, boats and equipment.

They’ve done an amazing job standing in -15C buried in a cloud of moist steam that warms and loosens the ice but soaks the crew, and then freezes solid. At the same time other crew have been chipping and shovelling the tons of accumulated frozen sea spray out of the way and over the side.

We are close to Davis now and hope to be near the anchorage at around 1300 today.

Webcam image looking from the bow of the Aurora Australis at 69° south – heading south-southwest, as at 3:31 pm ship local time (6:31 pm AEST)

They had only recently begun their return trip to Hobart: battling the cold …

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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