Week 5

September 10, 2015

Artifact theft a growing issue

Nunavut's archaeologist Dr. Douglas Stenton scouts various features during a ground survey.

With 15 knot winds from the southwest and a warm 4℃ start to the day, all assets aboard ship were put to use today.

Investigator, Gannet and Kinglett were deployed in quick succession. The Laurier's helicopter was assigned to Nunavut's archaeologists for an excursion over to Victory Point to conduct site mapping.  A growing issue at several of the archaeological sites is the removal of artifacts from these sites as well as the unwelcome addition of new materials being left by visitors attending the sites. To be clear - unauthorized removal of Nunavut' artifacts are illegal, and site management protection is increasingly a concern for many Inuit communities and the territorial government.

CCG seaman Joseph Dashin on deck of CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

On ship, all crews began to prepare for the rough and cold weather forecasted for the next few days. Deck crews ensured that portholes were sealed, salted the outer decks and secured all assets to ensure that nothing could be knocked off the ship in rough seas. To prevent the lines from freezing, the engineering crews flushed the fire systems and began cold weather checks on several other ship systems.

As per our standard operation, the Laurier surveyed throughout the night. Onboard, the hydrographers identified a correlation between one of Laurier's newly installed satellite communication systems and interference with the CHS's positioning system due to the close proximity of antennas.  Issues in tracking satellites arose when the phone was in use. To mitigate the problem, a temporary protocol was put into place to disallow the use of the phone while the ship was actively surveying.  For a more permanent fix, the ship's offending antenna will be safely relocated in future. 

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