Port Lockroy Diaries week Four

As our team are conserving Base A on Goudier Island we will be updating diary entries from the team. #PortLockroyDiaries will keep you up to date with what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen with this remarkable base. 

11 November 2018
In the frame

Today Michael worked on important emergency repairs to the windows in Bransfield House. He recorded every detail. The area repaired was photographed before and after, and a whiteboard used to note the date, location, type of wood, details of the repair and further recommendations. 

12 November 2018
Bon Anniversaire

Spending a birthday in Antarctica is an exciting and special occasion which deserves a celebratory meal. Kirsty’s feast of Indian curries, dahl, crispy poppadums with lime pickle and mango chutney spiced up celebrating Gui’s 31st birthday on the ice. A day to remember.

13 November 2018
Up on the roof

Geoff and Michael have been busy fixing sheets of ply wood to the roof of the Boatshed. Different materials and adhesives will be used on these boards to test out which roofing materials and adhesion processes are the most successful. The results will inform decisions on which materials and methods will best conserve the buildings for years to come.

14 November 2018
Keeping afloat

Dressed for the occasion in our floatation suits, we spent the evening on board MS Midnatsol. Al, Geoff and Michael talked with passengers about the conservation programme over coffee while the Port Lockroy team ran a small shop and post office. We were thrilled to meet so many people interested in Antarctic heritage. It was made all the more meaningful having us on board as the ship had visited Damoy Hut earlier in the day.

15 November 2018
Exciting egg sighting

Work is being completed at the Boatshed and not just by Geoff and Michael. Geoff spotted Gentoos sitting on eggs in three nests at the back of the Boatshed, the first of the season. The penguins under the building are protected from the elements, like just the Boatshed roof will be when the team’s work is done.

16 November 2018
Fly past

The sounds that we have become accustomed to are the calls of various birdlife, the jostling of ice around the shore, the occasional boom of glaciers calving, and Michael singing while he works. So hearing the hum of an aeroplane took us by surprise! Two bright red Dash 7 planes stood out against the bright blue sky. What a coincidence that today is the 90th anniversary of the first fixed-wing flight in Antarctica.

17 November 2018
What’s black and white and red all over?

After a run of three days of sunny weather, we decided that the wooden window frames would be as dry as they were likely to get before the weather took a change for the worst, so we made a team effort to get the windows and fascias painted in one day. We’re trialling a new paint system on Bransfield House. The red and white windows are now gleaming against the black felt walls. So, what’s black and white and red all over? A blushing penguin.

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