In the Melting Arctic, an Account from a Stranded Ship


Aground on a shoalDONGLAI GONG

❝ On the second day of a U.S. National Science Foundation-sponsored expedition to the Arctic, we were sitting in the presentation room of the 364-foot Russian cruise ship, Akademik Ioffe, about 45 miles north of the Inuit village of Kugaaruk…

As the briefing transitioned into ways of avoiding a dangerous polar bear encounter, the Akademik Ioffe suddenly grounded to a violent halt. I knew that we were in a very remote area of the Gulf of Boothia in Canada’s central Arctic, and I knew the danger we were in if the hull of the ship had been breached in a serious way.

❝ Rumors – spread quickly, as the hours on the shoal passed. The captain wasn’t communicating with us directly. What little information was offered came from Dave Sinclair, expedition leader, who did wonders calming everyone’s nerves even though he had almost no idea what was going to happen.

RTFA. A good read. Firsthand experience sometimes rocks.

Plus I had to do a quick search through the article for an old bud of mine often on journeys to the poles. All clear.

2 thoughts on “In the Melting Arctic, an Account from a Stranded Ship

  1. Qallunaat says:

    “Strands of hair shed light on doomed 19th-century Arctic expedition : The final days of Franklin’s 1846 expedition have long been a tragic mystery.” https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/did-lead-poisoning-finish-off-a-doomed-arctic-expedition/
    “Canada is unprepared for the dangers of increased Arctic shipping” Nunatsiaq News 9/10/18) http://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/65674canada_is_unprepared_for_the_dangers_of_increased_arctic_shipping/
    Canada’s Marine Atlas https://oceansnorth.org/en/canada-arctic-marine-atlas/

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