Sunday, July 22, 2012

Photo suite 30 -- icebreaking

Hey, folks, it's HOT here!  Time for a bunch of photos from Antarctica.

Our ship needed to go from point A to point B, but there was ice in the direct channel.  For an hour or so the captain amused himself and us by breaking a path through the ice.  The ship would back up, then hurtle full speed ahead and ram into the ice.  That would break apart maybe a half ship length.  Repeat, a little bit to the right or left of its previous course (to make a wider channel) until the passengers got bored.

Meanwhile, the sheet of ice that we were breaking through got progressively more fractured.

Eventually we backed out and went the long way around, which the captain had planned to do all along.

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