Week 4

September 3, 2015

Work continues through calm weather

The morning saw temperatures hovering at 2 degrees Celsius with clear skies, minimal wave action and a sea surface temperature of 3 degrees. As per routine, the Parks launch was dispatched first by the deck crew, followed closely by Gannet and Kinglett. The helicopter was tasked first to Hydrographer in Charge Tim Janzen to head to Racon Island with a small team to check on and download data from the GPS station that had been established three days earlier. Once back, the helicopter was reassigned to transporting the archeologists to Erebus Bay for additional ground surveys. Once back, the helicopter was reassigned to transporting the archeologists to Erebus Bay for additional ground surveys.  Included among the hundreds of artifacts recovered by the Nunavut team from this site are iron and copper nails, bone buttons, leather and textile fragments - including a piece of fabric that might be part of an officers uniform, and a well-preserved gilt button from an officer's uniform bearing the crown and fouled anchor.

Hydrographer in Charge Tim Janzen, and CHS Hydrographer Arthur Wickens calibrating GPS station

Officer's gilt button with crown and fouled anchor. NgLj-8, Erebus Bay. King William Island. (Photo: Douglas Stenton, Government of Nunavut)

The two CHS hydrographic vessels returned for 6:30 pm, while the Investigator followed survey lines until 8:30 pm. Surveys from the Laurier continued uninterrupted throughout the night.

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