Akademic Shokalskiy makes it back to port, #spiritofmawson ship of fools still stuck in Antarctica

The comedy just keeps on coming. Plus, now it seems that Turney failed to get some approvals, and his welcome home may not be all the happy. Maybe he’ll stay in Antarctica.

After having to prematurely abandon their mission due to being stuck in ice, and having a weather forecast provided that said all they had to do was wait a few more days, which came true, freeing the ship, the intrepid Dr. Turney and his gaggle of global warming geese tourists were evacuated by helicopter to the Aurora Australis, which then sailed to the Australian Casey Station to finish the resupply operations that got interrupted by Turney’s distress call.

The #spirtofmawson people are still at Casey Station, waiting for their ride home, while the Akademic Shokalskiy has made it to port in New Zealand. See the current positions of both ships:

Akademic_S_track_1-13-14

Source: http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:168.3123/centery:-46.88068/zoom:8/oldmmsi:273458210/olddate:lastknown (h/t to reader “itdoesntaddup”)

Here is the current position of the Aurora Australis:

Aurora_australis_position_1-13-14

Aurora_australis_bowcam_A140131930A

Above: View of Casey base from the Aurora Australis webcam. Source: http://www.antarctica.gov.au/webcams/aurora

From the Aurora Australis sitreps reports:

Sunday 12-Jan-2014 We arrived at Casey this morning ready to commence cargo operations at 8am. We continued moving cargo between the ship and shore until 1330 when the refuelling hose was loaded on to the barge. The hose and anchoring system were deployed then the hose tested for any leaks. Once the leak test was complete pumping of SAB (Special Antarctic Blend) began. We are expecting that the completion of the refuelling of Casey will occur at around 6am tomorrow morning and we will have delivered over 850,000 litres of fuel during resupply part 1 and part 2. There is one remaining hold of cargo on the ship to discharge. When it is possible we try and transport cargo on the shore to ship as well as the ship to shore. This is not always possible depending at what stage of unloading we are at and what needs to occur to make room for the RTA cargo. It is a bit like a jigsaw but the pieces don’t always fit so neatly together. Cheers Leanne and Mark

Source: https://secure3.aad.gov.au/proms/public/schedules/display_sitrep.cfm?bvs_id=19327

What irony that the “trapped” ship has made it back, while the #spiritofmawson fools are still at Casey base, waiting for their ride home.

Meanwhile, all is not well back home. I suspect Turney won’t get a heroes welcome:

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137 Responses to Akademic Shokalskiy makes it back to port, #spiritofmawson ship of fools still stuck in Antarctica

  1. P Gosselin says:

    “Maybe he’ll stay in Antarctica.” lol!

  2. JCH says:

    Finally, an actual irony.

  3. “The Antarctic 52″ now join “The Arctic 30″ in the history books!

  4. dp says:

    You are ignoring the purpose for them moving from one ship to the other – the bar was depleted on the Russian ship. Duh.

  5. Carlo says:

    Antarctica strikes back.

  6. MattS says:

    “tourists were evacuated by helicopter to the Aurora Australis”

    You are putting the wrong spin on things.

    What really happened is that the crew of the Akademic Shokalskiy was rescued from the tourists by removing the tourists from the Akademic Shokalskiy.

  7. steven says:

    That’s some Polar Vortex Irony!

  8. martin says:

    Perhaps our green tourist friends will stage a protest about the evil Aurora Australis delivering 850, 000 litres of liquid poison ( SAB) into the Antarctic environment :)

  9. Leon0112 says:

    So Turney’s call for help was 1) a waste of money and other people’s time and 2) very disruptive of actual scientific research. I hope that Turney has good insurance because some folks are going to want compensation.

  10. arthur4563 says:

    Looks like the ship of fools are good at exaggerating dangers in every sphere. The greater the danger, the bigger the heroes they are. It’s when those dangers are shown to be mostly figments of their imagination that things get all gummy.

  11. Rud Istvan says:

    According to other blog site postings of apparently authentic communications, the expedition website also claimed approval from and support by two New Zealand institutions which they have explicitly denied earlier today their time. Looks like quite a problem is brewing.

  12. Admad says:

    As they say in certain newspapers, “You couldn’t make it up!”

  13. M Simon says:

    You are ignoring the purpose for them moving from one ship to the other – the bar was depleted on the Russian ship. Duh.

    Raise the bar or lower the bar?

  14. Leon Brozyna says:

    How sweet it is … and the consequences keep piling up.

  15. Don says:

    Am I the only one surprised to see the interview tweet came from Andy Revkin? Nice to hear an interview where they ask straight forward questions, though.

  16. Joe Ryan says:

    In their defense, Anthony, they only really have experience with failed models and forecasts. :)

  17. jorgekafkazar says:

    Leon0112 says: “So Turney’s call for help was 1) a waste of money and other people’s time and 2) very disruptive of actual scientific research. I hope that Turney has good insurance because some folks are going to want compensation.”

    I don’t think Turkey had authority to “call for help.” The story according to Mikhail Voytenko is:

    “They’ve been taken from Shokalskiy simply because they were already more of a nuisance staying on board of Shokalskiy, and eating away food supplies which are required for the crew remaining on board. Passengers were mostly scientists, or so they say, who were trying to get yet more proofs of devastating global warming effects. Well, if getting trapped in ice is a result of global warming, they definitely found what they’ve been after. ”

    http://www.news.odin.tc/index.php?page=view/article/1105/Research-vessel-Shokalskiy-may-become-an-Antarctic-Flying-Dutchman

    I don’t imagine the crew would want to spend any more time than necessary trapped on board with a bunch of self-anointed eco-messiahs who think the sun rises and sets around their keysters.

  18. AP says:

    These poor people. They panick about everything. The sky is falling in… the ship is stuck… the ice is melting… the ice is growing… the globe is warming… the weather is cooling… I can’t get any banana and peanut butter milkshakes… the penguins have to walk farther…. the penguins have to walk less… global warming is causing earthquakes… tsunamis… typhoons… bla, bla, bla. Perhaps something happened to them in childhood that can explain their current personalities.

  19. juan slayton says:

    It’s a *** poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word. –Andrew Jackson

    I agree with Andy, but it’s still AntarCtica. Ref: title
    : > )

  20. M Courtney says:

    This isn’t climate science.
    This isn’t even news about climate science.
    But it sure is funny.

  21. Bob says:

    So the good professor Turney’s family expedition to Antarctica is still in progress. They must be eating rations intended for real scientists, at the Casey Antarctic station crew!
    He should have, for a change, listened to Anthony’s forecast, they would be much closer to home by now….

  22. GeologyJim says:

    Delicious – simply delicious irony.

    Note to future “explorers: When on shipboard, you are either CREW or CARGO.

  23. eo says:

    WUWT advice is based on computer modeling on the expected weather conditions for the next few days. Why should the tourists believe on the WUWT model when they have more expensive, high energy and carbon emitting and sophisticated that could predict the climate in the next 100 years?

  24. Henry Galt. says:

    The AS can re-supply, restock their bar and depart with their next flock of tourists eschatologists on schedule.

    Nice little earner someone has there.

  25. James Allison says:

    And here I was thinking that the Ship Of Fools escapade was done.

  26. lurker, passing through laughing says:

    I see a Chevy Chase “Vacation” movie in the future stemming from this charlie foxtrot.

  27. JJ says:

    In the above pic of the Australis there is open water … on the sea ice page this area is covered with ice?

  28. Resourceguy says:

    Send in the GreenPeace ship for rescue. Oh, it’s seized property in Russia.

  29. Terry says:

    Who was rescued? The Russians from the parasitic ‘scientists’

  30. David L says:

    The climate forecasters didn’t trust the weather forecasters!

  31. clipe says:

    Martin Hovland says:
    January 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    The Antarctic 52″ now join “The Arctic 30″ in the history books!

    Don’t forget to add the 28gate participants.

  32. Brian H says:

    Are they still confined to quarters to keep them from being nuisances?

  33. AP says:
    January 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    “…Perhaps something happened to them in childhood that can explain their current personalities.”
    After reading AP’s clever post, I couldn’t help myself to post this video again. Perhaps they were on the stage when they were little and had to witness this live and up close:

  34. Rob Dawg says:

    It is my sincere hope that the real scientists speak out about their research was delayed. .

  35. Jud says:

    Idiots. I hope they are thoroughly miserable.
    They did inspire me to try making a banana and peanut butter milkshake though.
    In fairness they are delicious.

  36. Terry Comeau says:

    Well… maybe Turney’s Turkeys will get a look at how real scientists operate……

  37. Ric Werme says:

    Oh good, I was hoping this would happen. Well, maybe for a couple of days. Looks like it might be a week. I wonder how many flights home are at risk of being missed?

  38. clipe says:

    Akademic Shokalskiy on new mission to re-stock 850,000 litres of alcohol in Antarctica.

  39. R. de Haan says:

    What we see here is the real down to the earth analysis of Anthony, Coleman and the Weather Bell team versus the hysterical attitude of the Antarctic Exploration Team read climate alarmists.

    Anthony, Coleman and the Weather Bell Team are right and the climate alarmists are WRONG.

    Case closed.

  40. Radical Rodent says:

    I would love to know what the other words below “Green” were on the Aurora heli-deck (no, not the snow angel). I have suspicion the message was not complimentary.

  41. John V. Wright says:

    It does not matter how the pathetic Guardian tries to dress this up. It is utter, absolute and complete humiliation. Utter humiliation. Perhaps the MSM turning of the tide stems from this moment in time.

  42. Lil Fella from OZ says:

    The trouble is, this is typical of the alarmist story. Now the problem is for them that people are now starting to see through all the hype.

  43. Resourceguy says:

    If Putin were in charge of this operation, he would demand cash bonds from each tourist and pseudo-scientist before picking them up.

  44. Gunga Din says:

    “On the road again –
    Just can’t wait to get on the road again.
    The ice I loath is making laughter among my friends
    And I cant wait to get on the road again…”

  45. pat says:

    Rud Istvan –

    do you have any link for the update from New Zealand?

    good to see Revkin linking to Australian Antarctic Division director,Tony Fleming’s interview with ABC 666 radio’s Louise Maher. after all, ABC has not reported the Fleming interview nationallly, & no MSM in Australia has bothered to pick up the quotes, or talk to Fleming themselves. no wonder the dinosaur media is dying.

    Fairfax media allows a different voice today:

    14 Jan: SMH: Tom Switzer: Game finally up for carboncrats
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/game-finally-up-for-carboncrats-20140113-30qqo.html

  46. I knew that when I saw that Akademic Shokalskiy made it back to port and the “rescued” scientists where still out to sea that It was a great story. It is the kind of story that newspaper men like H.L. Mencken would have told so very well once upon a time before the media in the USA became sycophantic government-worshiping drones.

    I hope some very good member of the alternate media will take a crack at telling the whole tale in 2500 words or less. I’ll give it a shot myself someday when all the facts are in for the entertainment of the few score who will read it.

    The biggest trouble we have in the skeptical camp is not that we need to marshal better arguments, come up with more telling data, or make our ideas more understandable. Our biggest problem is that the fellows who “buy ink by the gallon” are all telling the “CO2 will destroy humanity” myth day in and day out.

    Breaking on through to the other side is going to be hard. (apologies to the Doors on that one)

  47. Gunga Din says:

    OOPS!
    “The ice I loath is making laughter among my friends”
    Should be
    “The ice I loath is making laughter in the Press”

  48. oakwood says:

    Very funny to hear the ship they were rescued from (by those evil biggest CO2 polluters the Chinese) is now home while the rescued are still stuck in the Antarctic. And – according to the interview – they are not allowed off ship at Casey – so more cabin fever than they had when stuck! Could it get any worse for them? Plenty of time for reflection I trust.

  49. craig says:

    I’m still yet to hear back from his employer how they plan to ‘discipline’ their employee…………

  50. ConfusedPhoton says:

    “One thing is becoming abundantly clear, the Spirit of Mawson expedition and Chris Turney appear to be less than honest in answering questions about their expedition. This is now proven categorically by the Depart of Conservations official reply to legal queries under New Zealand’s Official Information Act.”

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/01/chris-turney-lied-support-institutions/

    Oh dear

  51. Jimmy Haigh. says:

    “850,000 litres of fuel”. Fossil fuel at that, eh? How does that make you feel then, warm-mongers?

  52. D.J. Hawkins says:

    M Simon says:
    January 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm
    You are ignoring the purpose for them moving from one ship to the other – the bar was depleted on the Russian ship. Duh.

    Raise the bar or lower the bar?

    Re-stock the bar!

  53. Don says:

    9:46 of the audio interview, “…whether you believe this exHIBition could have been better managed.”

    Now THERE’s a felicitous freudian slip!

  54. Hot under the collar says:

    By a consensus of captains, they cherry picked the wrong ship in order to hide the decline in the credibility of their passengers. Now it will be harder for them to redefine the peer review process and produce a hockey stick.

    Still the BBC will report “this groundbreaking scientific expedition has proved climate change is worse than we thought”. The Guardian will report “this groundbreaking exhibition has proved climate change is verse than we thought”.

  55. Steve from Rockwood says:

    I’m having a riot watching this but I don’t believe the Russians dumped their passengers because they were running out of food. Wasn’t the second leg scheduled for 3 weeks? Wouldn’t they bring extra food as a precaution. Couldn’t the helicopter have dropped off enough food (e.g. banana milkshakes) to keep the scientists (clears throat) well fed enough to continue their important (gags a bit) work?

  56. RockyRoad says:

    P Gosselin says:
    January 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm
    “Maybe he’ll stay in Antarctica.” lol!

    Exactly!

    What’s cheaper?—providing a ride out of Casey Station for the “ship of fools”, or re-supplying Casey Station for a year to feed the same bunch?

    Not that we’d want them to become permanent residents of Antarctica or anything…

    Although….

    I’d donate $10 for re-supply.

    :)

  57. pat says:

    (Fairfax Media)14 Jan: Stuff.co.nz: Akademik Shokalskiy arrives in Bluff
    MPI to inspect vessel
    Media have been asked to stay away until inspections have been made…
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/9607412/Akademik-Shokalskiy-arrives-in-Bluff

    14 Jan: Herald Sun Australia: AAP: Ship stuck in Antarctic ice arrives in NZ
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/ship-stuck-in-antarctic-ice-arrives-in-nz/story-fni0xqll-1226801192989

  58. Jordan says:

    “Once the leak test was complete pumping of SAB (Special Antarctic Blend) began … and we will have delivered over 850,000 litres of fuel during resupply ….”

    Surely that would be a death hose, responsible for the extermination of hundreds of species?

    Self-respecting environmental activists would do everything in their power to protest and disrupt operations. Or maybe not.

    It would just prolong the agony. Better to let it pass this time, and get home sooner … can then get back to harping-on and putting the world to rights in the comfort of the faculty common room sofa.

    /sarc off

  59. Hot under the collar says:

    Was one of the presstitutes complaining about running out of milkshake?

  60. cnxtim says:

    If Casey doesn’t have a Centrelink office, they should be dropped at the closest available – it’s all these clowns are good for.

  61. Joe Chang says:

    Lets get serious, a Russian ship does not run out of Vodka no matter how serious the situation

  62. Hot under the collar says:

    Headline should read – “Akademic Shokalsky free from loony ‘scientists and propagandists, makes it back to port, crew receiving counselling, message on deck reads ‘green w&@k£&s’.”

  63. Gary Pearse says:

    JCH says:
    January 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    “Finally, an actual irony.”

    You weren’t impressed by an expedition to study the devastation of global warming on Antarctic ice conditions getting stuck in the ice and blasted by a blizzard in the height of summer?

  64. ATheoK says:

    Our original understanding was that several of the twits were having their ‘celebratory’ last drinks because they were going to a ‘dry’ ship; i.e. dry means no drinking while on board.

    Now it sounds like the twits are restricted to shipboard without leave to visit the port. I guess as a result of their ability to stay safe in dangerous environments and to not get in the way of workers…

  65. pat says:

    after this:

    10 Jan: Guardian: Eternal sunshine and confused minds in Antarctica
    Posted by Alok Jha, Newcombe Bay, Antarctica Friday 10 January 2014
    http://www.theguardian.com/science/antarctica-live/2014/jan/09/eternal-sunshine-confused-minds-antarctica

    we get this, not posted from Antarctica, & not in the Antarctica Live section:

    12 Jan: Guardian: Alok Jha: Why you can’t travel at the speed of light
    http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jan/12/einstein-theory-of-relativity-speed-of-light

  66. Jimmy Haigh. says:

    I see from the website that:

    “To minimise our impact on the planet, the AAE will offset its carbon emissions by planting trees. Not just any trees, nor just anywhere. As Sir Douglas Mawson quoted above, images of the New Zealand kauri (Agathis australis) have long been a source of inspiration and admiration to explorers and travellers alike. ”

    I planted a million trees in the 80’s. Can any warm-mongers top that? Can I get my carbon credits back dated please? Let’s see now: One million trees (a conservative estimate by the way..) producing O2 from CO2 for 30 years – minus about 100,000 of them they chopped down 5 years ago to build a bloody wind farm…

  67. ktwop says:

    Perhaps the Akademic Shokalskiy could give them a lift home?. Their present schedule will only get them back on the 22nd.
    In the meantine Turney – Scientist, Explorer and Weiter – is busy tweeting a reference to yet another model on his website – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jqs.2683/abstract

  68. Don’t know if this is mentioned yet:

    @RichardTol:
    Has Chris Turney lied about his support by institutions?:
    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/01/chris-turney-lied-support-institutions

    The first of these listed government supporters is questioned: Department of Conservation, Landcare Research, and the University of Waikato.

  69. Jimbo says:

    I don’t know why Mr. Turkey said that he had approval. He did not.

    He also said that Antarctica could be unpredictable at times, then took along his wife and kids.

    He called his Akademik an ice-breaker when the Russian government owners called it a tourist class vessel.

    He said……………………….Oh never mind. Get the tar and feathers ready for this fool. Well, just the tar.

  70. Jimbo says:

    Since Dr. Christmas Turkey chose to try and enter Antarctica during it’s summer melt maybe he didn’t notice what is going on. Yet he is supposed to be a Calamatologist!

    sunshine hours – January 11, 2014
    Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Is So High It May Set A Record For Highest Minimum of All time
    http://sunshinehours.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/antarctic-sea-ice-extent-is-so-high-it-may-set-a-record-for-highest-minimum-of-all-time/

    We must act now! It’s all for the grand kiddies. Where is Monseigneur ‘Death Trains’ Hansen when you need him?

  71. Jimbo says:

    Ooopps!
    “…its summer…”
    This is why I make the most comments on WUWT. :-)

  72. CarbonnihilateMe says:

    This is more entertaining than an episode of Gilligan’s Island. They can’t get off the ship at Casey because their carbon footsies are too big to fit through the doorways.

  73. Jordan says:

    Jimbo says: “…maybe he didn’t notice what is going on. Yet he is supposed to be a Calamatologist!”

    Logically perfect: compulsory material for teaching inductive reasoning in courses of study leading to any degree in (cough) “Environmental Science”.

  74. Will Nelson says:

    I call for another immediate evacuation. Are there any submarines or small dinghys nearby?

    Jimbo says:
    January 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    The AP also says the AS is an ice breaker. Does Tur[k]ey also write for the wire?
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/chinese-ship-breaks-free-ice-antarctica-21446301

  75. wazsah says:

    Right now 1110AEDT the Aurora Australis is at Casey – the foredeck crane is stowed – a crane hook is visible above the stern – it is snowing, visibility is poor, wind is 20kmh and a small boat departs to port.

  76. Curious George says:

    Prophessor of Climate Change.

  77. Martin Clark says:

    @Jimmy Haigh:
    Having been involved in land reclamation projects that resulted in several million trees being planted during the 70s, I like your comment :-)
    Turney & Co are going to have difficulty offsetting this mess. This type doesn’t actually “plant” much, just 6 trees then the photo opportunity.
    I suspect that if they do anything at all, it will be to pass the task on to some volunteer agency.
    Pity. Would do them good. I recall the old “Green Corps” standard was 200 trees per person per day? No booze, no milkshakes …

  78. Jimbo says:

    What Mawson went through was his skin fluffing off and other un-mentionables.

    What Mr. Turkey et al went through was worrying about yogurt, milk-shakes, cafe latte, delays and cuddling penguins. THEY DON’T MAKE THEM LIKE THEY USED TO.

    Warning: Never, ever believe a word these people tell you because they have invested their money hard. Look at Mr. Turkey. LOOK!

  79. One good thing, I have learned something about the Australian Antarctic science program following the ship web cam and reading the sit reps. Reading the reports it does mention the new passengers a few times. Leanne and Mark thanks for the updates on the ship. Cheers back at you.

  80. Walter Clemens says:

    Just a technical question: how can a ship located in Antarctica be traveling “east-south-east”?

    Aren’t all directions either “south” or “north”? What is the base reference point?

  81. Does anyone know how the Australis crew are taking this? I can’t imagine that relations between them and their new cargo are too hospitable…

  82. bullocky says:

    There’s always something new and interesting in Climate Science;

    The Circumpolar Vortex in the north is counter-balanced by the Circum-Shokalskiy Vortex in the south!

  83. I’m happy the crew made it back to the home port, Turkeys are still in Antarctica.

  84. Steven Daniels says:

    Al Gore should be held liable for all rescue costs related to saving his starry-eyed followers. He should also be required to wear a sign that says: “It’s the Sun, stupid!” With the so-called “Arctic Vortex” freezing the Northern regions and the Arctic summer freezing icebreakers in place in the Southern regions, just where is this global warming when you need it??

  85. RockyRoad says:

    I still say Al Gore is among ‘em and they just don’t dare admit it!

  86. Latitude says:

    and having a weather forecast provided that said all they had to do was wait….

    ..they are climate scientists…they know better than to believe a weather forecast

    /snark

  87. tallbloke says:

    I expect the Akademik crew will have been enjoying a couple of scoops ashore by now. They’ll be in high spirits.

    With loosened tongues, the locals will be treated to some amusing details and anecdotes I’m sure.

  88. pat says:

    hilarious:

    13 Jan: UK Telegraph Blog: Sean Thomas: What if man-made climate change is all in the mind?
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/seanthomas/100254179/what-if-man-made-climate-change-is-all-in-the-mind/

  89. Jeef says:

    I would imagine that various disgruntled passengers will have their own version of this sorry tale to tell when their ship finally comes in.

    I hope at least one journalist has the nous to hit the docks on arrival and ask some pertinent questions of them.

  90. Leon Brozyna says:

    Let us be respectful regarding the plight of the crew of the Aurora Australis and remember that they are carrying some very valuable and critical cargo … as well as that sorry lot led by Professor Turkey. I wonder what kind of rations are available on board for unplanned passengers.

  91. John Galt says:

    National Lampoon’s Antarctic Vacation

  92. Don says:

    Perhaps the original distress call was misconstrued, and the pack the captain reported to be threatened by was not of ice but of Greenies. How clever of him to transport them to another vessel where they will be “no Tribble at all!”

  93. Caleb says:

    I am starting to feel a bit sorry for the passengers. They must be starting to feel unwanted, and that their presence is an imposition. This is rough on the ego of a do-gooder.

    They have been demoted. One day they were saving-the-world in peace and comfort, and now all of a sudden they are nothing but a cotton-picking burden, in what (to them) is discomfort.

    However, when I compare their discomfort to the discomfort of elderly pensioners living in fuel poverty, or third world people barely able to afford a single meal a day, I think the ship should download them ashore, and the base should ship them inland to a remote bunkhouse formerly used by birders studying an abandoned penguin rookery that hasn’t seen a bird since the MWP.

    An unworthy and ungenerous thought, I’m sure.

  94. Robert of Texas says:

    Thank heavens they got them out… All their “hot air” was beginning to melt the ice.

    Has anyone ever wondered why sea ice seems to be breaking up more and more (Arctic), and then thought about all the ice-breakers charging about? Its just a correlation, but sure seems relevant somehow… LOL.

  95. Jay Dunnell says:

    couldn’t resist…a dramatic view of the mess of the AA

  96. James (Aus.) says:

    I wonder if the “cheer-up” woman is wearing a little thin by now. As in very thin. You know, the inevitable 50+ one who was making up songs and leading the would-be scientists in rousing and rib-tickling choruses. No doubt she has a whole bunch more. Check that AA crane to see if she’s been isolated on its hook.

    Let’s hope there are some reports about their playschool passengers from the crews of the Academik Shokalskiy and Aurora Australia very soon.

    (I know the time of goodwill to all men has just passed, but surely the gerfriend (sic) of that BBC or Guardian (hard to tell the difference) wimp/parrot has moved on in his absence.)

  97. Lew Skannen says:

    MattS says:

    January 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    “tourists were evacuated by helicopter to the Aurora Australis”

    You are putting the wrong spin on things.

    What really happened is that the crew of the Akademic Shokalskiy was rescued from the tourists by removing the tourists from the Akademic Shokalskiy.

    ===========

    Sums it up perfectly.

  98. Bill Illis says:

    Unbelievable, they are still at 66S (and were delayed for days from getting to Casey by a large number of ice-bergs apparently) while the Shokalskiy is already in New Zealand stocking up on vodka and getting their ship repaired.

    You couldn’t even make up such a science-fiction disaster story if you were Al Gore.

    Maybe another rescue ship/helicopter should be sent. Can we rescue them to 90S for a year or two?

  99. ES says:

    Walter Clemens says:
    January 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm
    Just a technical question: how can a ship located in Antarctica be traveling “east-south-east”?
    Aren’t all directions either “south” or “north”? What is the base reference point?

    I answered this yesterday:

    For directions in Antarctica the Prime Meridian is north. It is the line of longitude that separates east and west Antarctica.
    http://www.mapsofworld.com/antarctica/
    The winds are taken in a system called grid north where 0 degrees is north and 180 degrees is south.
    http://www.usap.gov/travelAndDeployment/documents/FieldManual-Chapt21AntarcticNavigation.pdf

  100. angech says:

    Southern Hemisphere Sea Ice Area may set a record for the Highest minimum in recorded measurements, may even be as high as 4 million square kilometers, almost a million higher than previously. Should we be making something of this in view of this expedition or do you prefer to wait until after the event?

  101. john robertson says:

    I wait for a journalist, to interview those presstitutes from the ship of fools.
    “Why were you on board, sonny?
    You did no reporting, so what was your function? Times 5.

  102. Mac the Knife says:

    tallbloke says:
    January 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm
    I expect the Akademik crew will have been enjoying a couple of scoops ashore by now. They’ll be in high spirits. With loosened tongues, the locals will be treated to some amusing details and anecdotes I’m sure.

    tallbloke,
    I’m sure you’re right!
    Is there a WUWT pub crawler…. er, ‘investigative reporter’ in the Bluff port area that might locate the ‘ol watering hole, stimulate their tongues with a few rounds bought and report back here? Anybody???

  103. RoHa says:

    “The biggest trouble we have in the skeptical camp is not that we need to marshal better arguments, come up with more telling data, or make our ideas more understandable. Our biggest problem is that the fellows who “buy ink by the gallon” are all telling the “CO2 will destroy humanity” myth day in and day out.”

    A slightly smaller problem is that some of the noisier members of the sceptical camp seem to be wild-eyed, foam-flecked, right-wing loonies, who cannot refrain from inserting their political ideology into the debate. Reasonable, moderate people find their politics repellent, and associate those politics with the sceptical camp as a whole.

  104. Mac the Knife says:

    RoHa says:
    January 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm
    A slightly smaller problem is that some of the noisier members of the sceptical camp seem to be wild-eyed, foam-flecked, right-wing loonies,

    RoHa,
    Your wild-eyed, foam flecked comment is not reasonable, moderate, or informative. Who are you referring to?

  105. Larry Fields says:

    Great humor in this thread! I hope that the following is not too over-the-top.
    Q: What do you get when you cross a Penguin with a Turkey?
    A: A mentally retarded Penguin.

  106. TimTheToolMan says:

    Please, please, please let the Aurora Australis get stuck in ice…just for a few days ;-)

  107. tchannon says:

    Anthony might like to take on this newpaper reporter.
    “I doubt that the polemical world occupied by Bolt and Watt has much room for such things.”
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/bolt-and-companys-claims-cut-no-ice/story-fnjj6013-1226801026797

  108. Anthony Watts says:

    @tchannon, thanks, the guy can’t even spell my name right. Watts, not Watt.

  109. goldminor says:

    I here that it’s nice down there at this time of year. What a lucky adventure for this group to get the complete tour.

  110. negrum says:

    I visualise one of the new passengers on the Aurora Australis going up to the captian to complain about the delay in getting back to Australia. Material for a tragi-comedy there.

  111. pat says:

    tchannon –

    the writer who can’t even spell Watts correctly:

    Huffington Post: Peter Boyer
    As a freelance writer he worked for a long time for the Australian Antarctic Program…
    As a presenter for Al Gore’s Climate Project since 2006 he has spoken to more than 9,000 Australians about our environmental and energy challenges. Since September 11, 2007 he has written a weekly column, Climate Challenge, published in Tasmania’s major newspaper, The Mercury. In April 2009 he founded the blog site Climate Tasmania.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-boyer

  112. A.D. Everard says:

    As I understood it, the press were on board so that they could bring to the world “what they found as quickly as possible”. Funny how quickly their mission got forgotten. Must have been all that vodka, no?

  113. pat says:

    the Peter Boyer attack on Watt (sic) & Bolt originally appears in Boyer’s lonely little blog. surely if Boyer can get published in Murdoch’s Herald Sun, with a piece attacking one of their own writers, Anthony Watts should be given space to respond, given the popularity of WUWT!

    14 Jan: ClimateTasmaniaBlog: Peter Boyer: The disorderly story of Antarctic sea ice
    http://climatetasmania.com.au/2014/01/14/a329/

  114. Patrick says:

    I don’t know where the post went but…Peter Boyer links to SkS and HotWhopper under the climate/energy debat section of his blog.

  115. Frank Kotler says:

    I learned (thanks to this fiasco) that Douglas Mawson dragged himself back to base camp, barely alive, just in time to see his ship disappearing in the distance, and had to spend the winter in Antarctica. I am saddened that this group was unable to duplicate his journey. Well… perhaps there’s still time…

  116. Adam says:

    Stop calling them “tourists”. These are Professional Scientists performing research vital to the survival of mankind in the most dangerous of conditions. [/sarc]

  117. Jimbo says:

    Will Nelson says:
    January 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I call for another immediate evacuation. Are there any submarines or small dinghys nearby?

    Jimbo says:
    January 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    The AP also says the AS is an ice breaker. Does Tur[k]ey also write for the wire?
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/chinese-ship-breaks-free-ice-antarctica-21446301

    AP knows little about shipping. How about the Russian Maritime Register?

    Their following list describes some ships as “Ice Breakers” as well as “Scientific-Research”. The Akademik Shokalskiy is listed under “Passenger Ships and Passenger Ships (unberthed) “
    http://www.rs-head.spb.ru/app/fleet.php?index=810141&type=book1&language=eng

    AKADEMIK SHOKALSKIY….
    Basic type: Passenger ship
    Subtypes: Cruise

    http://www.rs-head.spb.ru/app/fleet.php?index=810141&type=book1&language=eng

    Maybe Mr. Turney should write for AP. ;-)

  118. Speaking of Bolt; guess who’s on vacation in Unzid?

  119. Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7 says:

    Totally unrelated to the saga of the Akademic Shokalskiy, I had occasion yesterday to research the details behind the extreme roll incident of the Pacific Sun in 2007, depicted in this YouTube video. Views of the interior conditions can be seen here .

    You can read the inquiry report from the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch here . It makes interesting reading. As is often the case it was not one single event or misjudgement which got the ship in such trouble, but a sequence of them.

    I assume there will be come kind of official inquiry whenever a ship at sea signals distress, but in this case I do not know under what jurisdiction it will be held. The Akademic Shokalskiy is Russian flagged, but Australia somehow ended up with operational responsibility for the incident, so my guess is the inquiry will be held by Australian authorities.

    It will be interesting to read the inquiry report when it becomes available. Perhaps Australian readers could monitor and report.

  120. Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7 says:

    I botched one of the links above. External footage of the Pacific Sun rolling can be seen here . In case I botched it again, the link is: .

  121. Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7 says:

    And the burning question of the day is whether WUWT/Wordpress will have a preview feature before someone develops a practical thorium reactor. Difficult to say which one would be a greater benefit to civilization, but here’s hoping for both.

  122. Kaboom says:

    Total irony would require for the Aurora Australis to be unable to return to the north because ice is suddenly getting blown in, keeping the pleasure cruise down there for winter.

  123. tty says:

    Caleb says:

    “I think the ship should download them ashore, and the base should ship them inland to a remote bunkhouse formerly used by birders studying an abandoned penguin rookery that hasn’t seen a bird since the MWP.”

    You might be surprised to learn that there are people that have been doing exactly this, studying how penguin colonies have been shifting north and south as climate changes. It is fairly easy to date the changes by radiocarbon, since the temperature never rises above zero the frozen remains of the penguins last practically for ever.

    http://people.uncw.edu/emslies/publications.html

    However these people are real scientists who haven’t tried to twist their results to fit the CAGW narrative, so practically nobody has ever heard of them.

  124. It doesn't add up... says:

    A fuller report from Bluff here:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/9610055/Crew-thaw-after-Antarctic-ordeal

    Kiselev did declare a pan-pan, not a mayday.

    According to this:

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/288118/ship-back-bluff-after-ice-stranding

    the Russians will carry out a full vessel inspection (and presumably that will include a report into what happened).

  125. tty says:

    Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7 says:

    Totally unrelated to the saga of the Akademic Shokalskiy, I had occasion yesterday to research the details behind the extreme roll incident of the Pacific Sun in 2007, depicted in this YouTube video. Views of the interior conditions can be seen here.

    In the Shokalskiy class vessels everything is solidly bolted down, and the passengers are issued with coffee mugs of stainless steel, for very good reasons. The Pacific Sun rolled 31 degrees, which is quite a lot, but I’ve been in a sister ship to Shokalskiy when she rolled 40 degrees.

  126. WxMatt says:

    Very impressive start to the new year down there with most ice coverage on record: http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/antarctic.sea.ice.interactive.html

  127. wazsah says:

    Just over an hour ago the Aurora Australis departed Casey, plenty of cargo on deck. Just prior 1630AEDT 15 Jan

  128. Kevin White says:

    The Impossible Polar Expedition
    ========================

    To dream … the impossible dream …
    To sail … through those frozen ice floes …
    To run … where you only see penguins …
    To wear … my most warm thermal undies …
    To prove … the unprovable lie …
    To love … with my wife here beside me (glad I brought her on the cruise now) …
    To tweet … when your arms are too weary …
    To take … the unwatchable selfie …
    To check … how much Flannery has invested in my carbon capture company …
    To plant … one million proud Kauri trees in New Zealand …
    To reach … for a banana and peanut butter milkshake …

    This is my quest, to follow Al Gore …
    No matter how hopeless, no matter how far …
    To fight the great warmist cause, without question or logic …
    To be willing to march in the footsteps of Mawson … burning gallons of fuel

    And I know if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest,
    That my heart will lie like a warmist does best,
    when I’m laid to my rest …
    And the world is less one more shrill, loud mouthed pest:
    That one man, scorned, while the warming scam cools,
    Still strove, with his great ship full of fools,
    To reach … for that great Polar Star …

  129. Philip Lloyd says:

    Surprised there has been no comment about the 666ABC interview. It is great stuff – you have to read between the pauses in Dr Tony Fleming’s responses to really get the gist!

  130. It seems that Turney a climate scientist who lead the expedition, either did not read, or if he did took no notice of the September 2013 IPCC Summary Report for Policymakers finding that over the 34 years to 2012 Antarctic sea ice extent had grown by around 1.2 to 1.8% a decade which equates to up to a cumulative 9% increase (contrary to IPCC model predictions that it would shrink)
    How deliciously ironic that it appears they got trapped in that extra sea ice
    Thomho

  131. Professor Turney may well heed the words of another great leader of expeditions: “Il n’y a qu’un pas du sublime au ridicule.” N. Bonaparte

  132. Reg. Blank says:

    “Are we there yet?”

    “No. Shut up.”

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