Late last night, the winds finally died down and the waters returned to calm. The morning brought partially cloudy skies with temperatures just below freezing.
The Laurier weighed anchor immediately after the morning briefing and began surveying and steaming towards Gjoa Haven to shuttle several of our supernumeraries to the airport for their flights south. Once done, we resumed servicing nearby navigational aids. Tomorrow, we will rendezvous with the commercial ship Mitiq and transfer the three launches over for their voyage home as well.
Besides archaeology, Arctic seabed surveying is a big part of our story, and this year's multibeam totals (as of September 15) for this project are impressive. CSL Gannet 1663.5 km, CSL Kinglett 1835.6 km, R/V Investigator 1116.1 km, HMCS Moncton 4094 km and CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier 2351.6 km for a total of 11,060.8 line kilometers of multibeaming. For context, that's about the same distance as a return trip on the TransCanada highway between Vancouver to Fredericton and back again!
Congratulations to all on another very successful mission!