JC010: Mud volcanoes and submarine canyons


Cruise diary

Day 16: Friday 6 July 2007 - final day of JC10
Position: 50o 00.78N  03o 53.71W,  English Channel (Google Earth reference: 50 00’78”N 03 53’71”W)
Weather: Sunny with light cloud

Richard writes:

"The science part of the cruise is starting to wind down as we make our way back to Southampton. Most of the scientists are busy writing cruise reports and Tina and I are busy going about taking pictures of health and safety related equipment so that we can develop some resources for Applied Science.

It is a strange feeling in that the cruise seems to have gone really quickly, but when I look back on all the work that has gone on it seems to have lasted a long time – Lisbon is now a distant memory! The ships crew laugh at me when I talk like this because many of them have been onboard since the trials cruise, which obviously took place before JC10, and after a couple of days in Southampton will be going out again for another 7 weeks! I have to say that as a teacher (and yes, we DO work hard), more or less working 6 weeks on and a week off, along with Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays, I really have to take my hat off to these people who work 8 (and sometimes 12) hours a day, 7 days a week for weeks on end.

Anyway, I must get back to my photo taking. Before I go I would just like to thank EVERYBODY on board for EVERYTHING they have done. Especially Mark, Wally, Jaquie and Amy from the catering team, who have supplied me with the best two weeks' food I have ever had. I don’t know how I am going to go back to my own cooking. And washing up...."

Tina writes:

The end of an adventure: I have seen creatures living 4000m down in the ocean, driven the ROV, watched dolphins playing, eaten far too much, made friends and really enjoyed my time on the cruise.  Would I do it again?  Yes !       Would I change anything?  No !

So goodbye and best wishes


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