THE JOURNEY

Getting There & Back

Sailing the high seas with the Navy
Shelley McMurtrie
12 Dec 2011 - 18:00
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With the one-year anniversary of our expedition to Campbell Island upon us, I have dragged out the video tapes and taken a trip down memory lane. One video that I know many of you were hoping to see was of our trip down to the island – charging through the raging seas of the roaring forties and furious fifties. Who can forget the excitement of the departure, with this being the first sojourn for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels (...

Back to Normal
Carla Meurk
14 Feb 2011 - 19:19
Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition
Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition
Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition
Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition
Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition
Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition
Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition

In the final days of the CIBE I was kept busy engaging with the tourists aboard the Spirit of Enderby, other CIBE team members tidied up fieldwork and Steve C. boarded up the windows of the Met Service building, our home for the past 9 weeks, to protect the glass panes from storm damage as the Island will be uninhabited by people until next summer. Having loved my time on Campbell I was not looking forward to ‘normal’ life; I contemplated with dread having to check my email and...

Do you get seasick?
Shelley McMurtrie
9 Dec 2010 - 10:25
Checking the manifest
HMNZS Wellington in Bluff
Bridge of the Wellington
Home on the Wellington
Stern of the Wellington
Departing the Wellington
A calm southern ocean

It is a funny thing but the one topic of conversation on a ship heading to the Subantarctics isn’t about the splendor of your destination but about whether or not you will be bringing up your lunch on the way down. Thanks to a work Christmas function on my last night in Christchurch I had plenty of gory seasick disaster stories (thanks Dave!) vying for attention in my mind to keep my immediate future ripe with technicolour possibilities…

Of course in usual style we...

renewing acquaintances
Mark Crompton
8 Dec 2010 - 20:35

We sailed from Bluff at 21.30 NZDT on Monday 06 December 2010 aboard the HMNZS Wellington. The Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition was underway after a gestation period of nearly five years. As we entered Foveaux Strait I retired to my bunk where I remained for the entire voyage apart from one brief foray up to the bridge. My impression of the Southern Ocean was that there is a lot of it.

The forbidding coast of Campbell Island was sighted at first light on Wednesday 08...

Ginger seas
Alex James
8 Dec 2010 - 13:30

After a busy morning of loading all and sundry onto the HMNZS Wellington we finally left Bluff Harbour at 8 p.m. on Monday December 6th, heading into relatively calm seas. Armed with both Sealegs tablets and ‘natural’ ginger anti-nausea pills I was hopeful although a little apprehensive on my sea sickness potential.

Over that night from the tight confines of my allocated bunk of adequate length but miniscule headroom I could feel the seas becoming angry. I kept taking...

Cue TV Interview
Shelley McMurtrie
6 Dec 2010 - 20:30
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On the day of their departure, Sarah Bedford (Cue TV) interviewed Shelley McMurtrie (Expedition Coordinator) about the upcoming expedition to Campbell Island. Sarah wanted to know about the research, but more importantly, what the team was going to crave while on this remote island for 9 weeks.

[Shelley McMurtrie]

3 Days of Quarantine
Shelley McMurtrie
6 Dec 2010 - 14:30
CIBE Quarantine
CIBE Quarantine
CIBE Quarantine
CIBE Quarantine
CIBE Quarantine
CIBE Quarantine
CIBE Quarantine
CIBE Quarantine

It's 3pm on Monday (6th Dec) and in around five hours we will be on the HMNZS Wellington making our way to Campbell Island. Just enough time then to get some photos loaded and write a quick blog! Sorry but I didn't manage to get a video clip together (gave up editing around 11pm last night).

So lets backtrack to last Friday...

Alex James, Mark Crompton, and I flew down to Invercargill on Friday (3rd Dec) while Colin and co. had driven down the previous day....

Undergoing Quarantine
Shelley McMurtrie
5 Dec 2010 - 16:30
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Alex J, Mark C, and I arrived early Friday arvo and there was no time to waste; we were thrown right into the thick of the quarantine process. I must say, there's nothing like spending time in a warehouse with the bright sun overhead to help acclimatise for Campbell Island - was more suited to preparing for humid tropical rainforests! Can you believe it, Invercargill was in the mid-to-high twenties.

By the time Sunday arvo rolled around we were all done, and only a couple of...

Loading the van
Shelley McMurtrie
3 Dec 2010 - 14:35
BGAN satellite phone
Packing the van
Loading the generator
Shelley's modelling career
Another load for the trailer
More stuff for the trailer
Waving goodbye

Wednesday dawned and the calmness of the day was broken by the sound of packing tape and the click of the camera shutter. The big packup day had arrived and we looked at the van and small trailer and wished we had ordered up the Tardis instead. But the 'Tetris' packing skills of team EOS were impressive as boxes were crammed into the smallest spaces. It should be said that Colin and I managed to get out of some of the packing when we were interviewed by The Press' environmental...

The packing continues
Shelley McMurtrie
30 Nov 2010 - 15:30
Packing the gear
Michelle labelling
Alex J labelling
More labelling
Packing pottles

The team at EOS Ecology spent another day packing up the gear for the Campbell Island expedition. Under a sea of pottles, tape, and boxes they did a fantastic job cleaning, packing, and labelling everyone's gear. Thanks guys - a stellar effort considering most of you aren't even going to the island! We all appreciate your hard work and on-going support of this project!

[Shelley McMurtrie]

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