HMS Protector in Christchurch



HMS Protector in Lyttelton

I got an invitation to celebrate the arrival of the HMS Protector because of my current position as chair of the Antarctic Society, Canterbury Branch. It was a very nice atmosphere  when the ship was welcomed by traditional Maori ceremonies.

We were then invited on board the ship. Beverages and canapes were served on the bridge and it was a catch up with all people related to Antarctic business and interests.

Tours were offered through the ship what was very informative. The event was closed with a naval ceremony after almost 2.5 hours.

The  ship is accessible for the public on 24th January 2016, 10am – 2pm, what is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Lyttelton and Christchurch.


After the event in front of the ship (Ursula and Evelyn)



Back from the Antarctic


Open sea on the way to Antarctica

It is now one month that we have been to the Antarctic. New impressions shaped my picture of Antarctica. But now is time to concentrate on writing and the “normal” work again.

I will submit another Marsden Fast Start proposal and work already on that.

I have started to work as part time employed subcontractor for NIWA for the National Science Challenge. I assess logbooks and have to catalog them for the weather modeling system which is a focus from that project. Logbooks are a valuable source of information on social conditions on board and data such as weather conditions. The material I have to work with are logbooks which were traveling to Australia and New Zealand. I started with the systematic search for data and learned already a vast amount about ships, what happened in the colonies and many more details. The first set of data is dated from the 1840s on.

Another work I will finish soon is a book chapter for the Routledge handbook for Polar Regions. I wrote in a former post about it, but I am close to finish the first draft. Exploring and mapping Antarctica is the theme of my chapter. It is exciting to work on that and it will bring new insight into the history of Antarctic exploration.


Crater Hill in the Antarctic with a wind turbine for Scott Base

Lecture at Scott Base


Discovery Hut 2015

I delivered my lecture on Antarctic History yesterday evening – at Scott Base. Some people from Scott Base attended the lecture and of course all the PCAS students. It was good to have the tour through the Discovery Hut the day before, so I could refer to the location quite often. I compressed my lecture from a three hour to a one and a half hour one. That worked quite well and it was very helpful that we had the exercise already in the field. My lecture was recorded by Anthony Powell and I am looking forward how he will integrate parts of it in his new documentary.