Week 5

September 12, 2015

A call is made to end the mission

Captain Stuart Aldridge communicating via radio from the bridge of CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Chief Officer James Garrett in background. (Photo: Department of National Defence)

This morning featured wind speeds over 30 knots and building seas. The forecast is expecting both to keep increasing, reaching up to 40 knots by late tonight or early tomorrow.  By late morning, Captain Aldridge, in consultation with Parks archaeologist Ryan Harris and Hydrographer-in-Charge Tim Janzen, made the decision to end the northern mission.  And with that, we sailed south out of Victoria Strait, leaving HMS Terror undiscovered for another season. 

While mission operations ended a day earlier than scheduled, this year's mission has enjoyed weeks of uninterrupted calm seas and warm temperatures, and has proved extraordinarily productive in navigation, Arctic charting and archaeology. 

CCG chef Harold Steed preparing dinner for those onboard CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

CCG Seaman Skye McEwan adjusts guy wires on a beacon tower.

Just before dinner, we took safe harbour at Jenny Lind Island and anchored for the night.  Wind gusts reached 50 knots and the first flurries of the season officially arrived.  Tomorrow, we'll head toward Simpson Strait where more navigational aids require servicing, and our supernumeraries will start packing to head south for the winter.

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