Week 2

August 24, 2015

Despite rough seas, seabed surveys continue from the Laurier

By morning, we arrived at the south-east corner of Rae Strait on the east side of King William Island.  There are a number of beacons to be serviced in the area, and the helicopter was dispatched early with the team to get those operations underway.  Temperatures climbed from 4 to 8℃; however, with stronger winds and high waves kicked up by the currents, it wasn't feasible to conduct surveys from the smaller launches.  Due to her size, the Laurier was not affected by the sea state, so hydrographic surveys continued unimpeded from the ship's multibeam installation. Nunavut archaeologists spent the day documenting information on each artefact gathered during yesterday's ground survey. While it's a quieter work day, there's always data analysis and administrative work to complete. No moment goes to waste on this ship.  By early evening, the ship reached Taloyoak and anchored in the harbour and will start local operations in the morning.

CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier in transit (photo credit: The Department of National Defence and the Canadian)

Seaman Devin Ramos repaints a navigation beacon.

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