The RV Laurence M. Gould (LMG) left Punta Arenas at 2400 (Local Time = GMT-3)
on Wednesday (2/12) for the start of the 2003 Southern Ocean GLOBEC mooring
cruise (LMG03-02). This cruise was scheduled to leave Wednesday morning, but
our loading was delayed due to high winds. Sustained 30-45 knot winds with
gusts up to 60 knots on Tuesday caused the Chilean Navy to close the dock for
the entire day, which prevented us from moving equipment and supplies to the ship
from the Agunsa warehouse by truck. A brief drop in
winds allowed us to load some supplies between 0830 to 0930
on Wednesday morning before the winds strengthened up to 30-40 knots and
the Navy closed the dock. Fortunately a Navy ship needed to dock Wednesday at
1800 so the dock was opened then. With everyone helping, we completed the
loading by 2300, and the ship ready to sail at .
The LMG entered the Drake Passage on Friday (2/14) and started the cross-strait
ADCP section. Two AMOL/NOAA satellite-tracked drifters were deployed at 59S and
60S on Saturday (2/15) along the cross-strait section. The wind and seas
increased as the LMG moved south, making the ride a bit rough.
The LMG arrived at the first SIO bio-acoustic mooring S1A at 0330 Sunday (2/16).
Conditions were too rough to attempt a recovery at first light at 0500.The SIO group talked with the mooring and
confirmed that it was working and still at its deployment site and dropped 5
weighted lightbulbs at different ranges from the
mooring to check its sensitivity and range.Then the LMG continued towards the GerlacheStrait with the hope to
finding whales in the more protected inner passages.The LMG entered GerlacheStrait around 1700, and
steamed to its southern end until about 2200 when the LMG started to keep
station. A number of humpback whales and one minke whale were seen along the
Strait, and several sonobouys deployed to listen for
The LMG should arrive at Palmer Station tomorrow (Monday, 2/17) morning at
0800.Our plan is to off load the Palmer
Station equipment and supplies as fast as we can during the morning and be
ready to sail in the early afternoon.