September 8, 2015
The value of this mission resonates with crew
While morning temperatures remained about 3 degrees Celsius, winds increased from 25 to 30 knots by the afternoon and wave height easily reached 2 metres. While the Laurier remained able to continue her surveys by choosing courses suitable for the prevailing winds, none of the launches were dispatched in these conditions. Besides being subject to constant pounding, the multibeam sensors on the smaller launches would also be affected resulting in lower quality data with substantial amounts of "noise". Instead, we waited until conditions relaxed slightly, giving the launch teams their first day off in weeks.
Presentations made later in the evening were the annual highlight for the crew. Each year, the program heads of the Government of Nunavut, CHS, and Parks Canada provide detailed overviews of their work and status updates directly to crew members. These well attended presentations detailing hydrography and Arctic charting, Canadian history, land-based and underwater archaeology, are always popular and provide the opportunity for all members aboard the ship to pay tribute to the direct linkages between operational supports and the significant advances being made in archaeology and hydrography. Receiving direct briefing from these experts also resonates with the crew personally, who in turn, become expert spokespersons themselves. The story of the Franklin mission is extensive, and there are so many aspects and layers to it. It is built on nearly 200 years of effort, and we are a key part in laying the foundation for what is yet to come. It is an honour for all of us to be part of this ongoing Canadian epic.
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