The cause of the Akademik Shokalskiy getting stuck in Antarctica – delay from sightseeing mishaps and dawdling by the passengers getting back on ship

This pretty much nails the cause of the situation, and blows expedition leader Chris Turney’s claim about being “surprised” about the situation literally out of the water.

In my post Now that the ‘Ship of Fools’ is safe in Antarctica, tough questions need to be asked one of the questions I asked was:

9. Did the sightseeing excursion to Mawson’s Huts on December 19th and again on Dec 23rd (apparently to Mertz Glacier, though their blog and “tracker” are unclear on this point) cause delays that caused the ship to be trapped in rapidly changing weather which closed the sea ice around them?

In the Spirit of Mawson Blog, we have this entry:

Posted by Graeme Clark, December 24, 2013

It’s often said that Antarctica is a dynamic environment that can rapidly transform at a moments notice. Today we experienced that first-hand, as we came down from a high of exceptionally good weather to find ourselves surrounded by thick, impassable pack ice. Too dense to travel through, the sea-ice has stopped the mighty Shokalskiy in its tracks despite aggressive charges by Captain Igor. The ship is now resigned to wait for a change in wind conditions to loosen or dissipate the sea ice before we can escape to open water. These are the challenging conditions for which Antarctica is so well known.

The real answer to that event lies in the blog of the Australian green politician on-board, Janet Rice. WUWT commenter Aphan gave us the scoop from her log on how the stage was set for getting stuck, because the passengers weren’t heeding the captain’s warning quickly enough. Clearly the captain knew what was coming, but the passengers were just too slow. He couldn’t abandon them, so he had to wait, and this delay put the ship in jeopardy.

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Aphan says:

January 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

My apologies if someone above has mentioned this. It’s getting to be a chore to scroll through all the activity here! (grins)

From Janet Rice- http://www.janetrice.com.au/?e=98

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(After 1 am on December 24)

“The ship is making very slow progress through pack ice. There is a narrow channel that we are inching our way along – it of course is pretty frozen in itself. There are icebergs on either side of us, some kilometres away – hard to tell exactly how far. We oscillate between hardly moving to suddenly being jolted sideways with a crunch as the ship bashes and barges its way through.”

***

“We were out in similar conditions this afternoon. Somewhat brighter – in fact there was blue sky and sunshine for some periods. The weather has been better than the forecast blizzard, so that was good.”

***

The first drama of the day was the sinking – or almost! – of one of the Argos. The Argos are designed to be amphibious – just. They were launched today off the ship – and two of the three made it safely being towed by a zodiac the 50 metres or so to shore. The third was towed too fast it seems – and water came over the bonnet / bow, flooding both the engine and the vehicle itself. Ben tried in vain to bail out with a spade and luckily they made it to shore before the vehicle sunk entirely. Ben ended up rather wet too, but similarly to Mary, not submerged enough for the lifejacket to come into play. Sadly Argo engines don’t take too kindly to being submerged… the ships engineers are still working on it and not very optimistic about its prospects.

“The third drama of the day is the one which is still unfolding. Because of the Argo mishap we got off late, and had one less vehicle to ferry people to and fro. I’m told the Captain was becoming rather definite late in the afternoon that we needed to get everyone back on board ASAP because of the coming weather and the ice closing in. As I write we are continuing to make extremely slow progress through what looks like a winter alpine snow field – it’s yet another surreal part of this journey that we are in a ship trying to barge our way through here! I’m sure the Captain would have been much happier if we had got away a few hours earlier. Maybe we would have made it through the worst before it consolidated as much as it has with the very cold south- easterly winds blowing the ice away from the coast, around and behind us as well as ahead.

We’ll see where we are in the morning – it may be a very white Christmas Eve!

PS. 9.30am 24/12. We have moved less than a kilometre over night, and are now stationary in a sea of ice. The word is that we are not stuck, merely waiting for a weather change. It seems to me that we are having the quintessential Antarctic experience. J Stay tuned.”

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THE CAPTAIN and PASSENGERS knew that bad weather and ice were coming on Dec 23-that a “blizzard had been forecast”. The Captain made it clear to them more than once, because he “became rather definite” later that they needed to get OUT of that area ASAP.

As of 1 am on December 24th, they were already progressing through “ice pack” that caused the ship to “bash and barge” it’s way through the ice! Need more evidence of how stupid these people are?

On the 21st, Turney blogged about their trip to the Mawson camp on the 19/20th. Trying to find the LEAST hazardous way to access the Commonwealth Bay area, they decided to move the ship up the coast-farther away, but with access to better ice to drive across. He says this-

“A timely reminder was during the evening we relocated. The Shokalskiy suddenly found it was in a mass breakout of ice. In just half an hour, an extensive area of ice (some of which we had been using for the Hangout on Air earlier that day) had broken up and was moving away from Commonwealth Bay with haste. Large pieces of ice, in the shape of shattered glass fragments – albeit large pieces – surrounded our vessel. There was no danger to the ship but it was a timely reminder how quickly things can change in this environment. You can never take anything for granted in the Antarctic!”

After experiencing the ship being surrounded by breakout ice on the 18th or 18th of December in just HALF AN HOUR, they stayed in that area, moved slightly up the coast and with an incoming blizzard and MORE ice on the way, they went onshore and forced the boat to wait for their return. THEN they got stuck.

For Chris Turney to then go on TELEVISION and act shocked that all this ice just mysteriously appeared and hemmed them in without any warning, is stunning. If the Captain gets sued for damages, I hope he takes every penny Chris Turney and the University of New South Wales will ever have in the future.

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[ Anthony:  I’ve saved the Rice log entry as a PDF here: Rice-log-Monday-23-December-2013 ]

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UPDATE: A chronological summary by Aphan

Aphan says:

*Didn’t mean for this to be so long. Just think the info here is important to the truth.*

Just got back from screen capping and copying URLs (instead of just cutting and pasting out key points) from http://www.spiritofmawson.com/blog/. We just never know these days when website pages will disappear. Right?

Not only does it detail all the sea ice they had to “grind through” (interactive map of the trips progress –https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z8QYRx-LCqEw.kFHpO8ktLaqI) in order to get anywhere CLOSE to the continent in the first place, but in the days BEFORE they got stuck in the ice for good, REPEATED posts on the blog by passengers demonstrate that the ice-fast ice-shore ice-was breaking up over and over again!!

Again, for Chris Turney to PRETEND after the ship got fatally stuck, to be shocked or surprised about all this ice suddenly showing up where it had not been before is ludicrous! It was there when they sailed in, it was breaking up and moving the whole time they were there, and Chris Turney admits on Dec 19th that he knew they were “between two low pressure system circulating the continent, promising fine, stable weather for at least the following two days. Unfortunately this is something of a double edged sword. We have been having extraordinary warm weather; so much so the fast ice – purportedly meaning the sea ice is locked ‘fast’ to the land – can spectacularly break out along the edge at any time.”

Not only that, but the ship ITSELF was breaking up fast ice on on shore!

*Dec 17th-Sean Borkovic-

“We reached a point when the ship veered suddenly to port aiming directly at the ice sheet. Just like that we ploughed into the fast ice in an effort to ‘park’ the ship so we could disembark. As we were rattled and shook by the manoeuvre it seemed crazy and bizarre yet it was not enough. We did not penetrate too far and instead of wedging in tight it instead cracked off several floes of ice. It took 12 goes before we had a suitable ‘berth’. ”

*Dec 18th- Robbie Turney-

“Later in the afternoon we took the Argos along the fast ice. We got half way before we realised it was too late and that we should head back. Although when we got back there was a large crack in the ice, 3 metres wide. It was too big for the Argos and Quad Bikes so we had to wait until the ship could barge its way to us. We were there for about an hour waiting in the five degree heat. Luckily there was no wind chill.”

*Dec 18th- Steve Lambert-

“Early evening as everyone on the ice was heading back to the ship, the cracks in the ice widened, separating them from the ship. Our obliging captain, Igor, manoeuvered the ship to a new spot, so that they could safely board.

Christmas Trees, decorations and lights are now up in the bar and dining room, We are festive. The Aussies have loved reminding our Pommie friends on board of that we have reclaimed the Ashes.

…9pm. Just at the end of dinner – the ice sheet that we were on all day has had a massive fracture and disintegrated into numerous sheets with large areas of water in between! Good thing that we are all on board, as well as all of the scientific equipment and vehicles.”

*Dec 19th-Ian McRae-

“The fast ice, the frozen ocean attached to the distant land, is rapidly breaking up and as we walk, cracks appear and occasionally we sink down to our knees to the ice below or, sometimes, to water. The surface we were walking on yesterday is now floating out to sea as pack ice and there is a danger that we could float out with it.”

Turney wraps up the 19th-20th on his entry on Dec 21st- (Note he acknowledges that he knew on or around Dec 19th that they are between low pressure systems and that stable weather might only last a couple of days)

“The weather forecast was excellent. We were between two low pressure system circulating the continent, promising fine, stable weather for at least the following two days. Unfortunately this is something of a double edged sword. We have been having extraordinary warm weather; so much so the fast ice – purportedly meaning the sea ice is locked ‘fast’ to the land – can spectacularly break out along the edge at any time. A timely reminder was during the evening we relocated. The Shokalskiy suddenly found it was in a mass breakout of ice. In just half an hour, an extensive area of ice (some of which we had been using for the Hangout on Air earlier that day) had broken up and was moving away from Commonwealth Bay with haste. Large pieces of ice, in the shape of shattered glass fragments – albeit large pieces – surrounded our vessel. There was no danger to the ship but it was a timely reminder how quickly things can change in this environment. You can never take anything for granted in the Antarctic! ”

By the 23rd, according to the Janet Rice site-they were surrounded by ice –http://www.janetrice.com.au/?e=98

“The ship is making very slow progress through pack ice. There is a narrow channel that we are inching our way along – it of course is pretty frozen in itself. There are icebergs on either side of us, some kilometres away – hard to tell exactly how far. We oscillate between hardly moving to suddenly being jolted sideways with a crunch as the ship bashes and barges its way through.”

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From what I read in the meeja, 55 or so tourists/passengers escaped from man-eating penguins in Antarctica. Unfortunatey, all scientists were lost according to onboard manifests.

Rob Ricket

Put on Robert Cray’s Smoking Gun and grab a cold one.

I just hope the crew who are left on the Akadmik Shokalskiy survive. Pretty brave decision not to go with the rescue helicopter – it might cost them their lives.

Monique

“[ Anthony: I’ve saved the Rice log entry as a PDF here: Rice-log-Monday-23-December-2013 ]”
Excellent. Now that this critical item has hit WUWT courtesy of Aphan, the race is on to get that log entry pulled off the internet. But that will be to no avail if the entry has been saved as a screen shot or PDF.

In view of the Antarctic being in the summer season one would normally expect delay to result in less ice rather than more ice.

Daryl M

I’m sure if it comes to that, no doubt, millions of taxpayer dollars will be spent to rescue them, irrespective of the stupidity that got them into this entirely avoidable situation.

Rob Ricket

Long range forecaster Piers Corbyn predicts a favorable shift in winds will free the A.S. Around 20 Jan.
REPLY: My forecast was for Jan 8th +/- 24 hours for a favorable wind shift based on WeatherBell analysis. Even so, the vessel may still be unable to free itself. – Anthony

Katherine

Stephen Wilde says:
January 2, 2014 at 8:01 pm
In view of the Antarctic being in the summer season one would normally expect delay to result in less ice rather than more ice.
Given that the captain was insistent on leaving ASAP, one would expect a delay is contraindicated.

JCH

Polar cruises offers a voyage. One of the ships listed is the Akademik Shokalskiy (54 passengers):
Ross Sea, East Antarctica Ships and Specialty Trips
Sights the sightseers get to see:
• Historic Huts
• Dry Valleys
• Awe-inspiring Ross Ice Shelf
• Majestic snow-capped volcano of Mount Erebus
• McMurdo Station
• Scott Base
• Enormous Adélie Penguin rookeries
• Emperor Penguins

Ben U.

Chris Turney is crazy like a fox – or just as well a penguin – no publicity is bad publicity, especially when the media air-brush for you. He will roll failure into an ongoing counter-assault. Hear his mighty quack! courtesy of Burgess Meredith.

Mac the Knife

What colossal stupidity….. and reckless, heedless endangerment of +70 lives, as well as the very sizable capital asset Akademik Shokalskiy and all equipment aboard! Is imprisonment a possibility???

Ray Boorman

Yep, sure reads like a few idiots who ignored the warnings to get back on board asap were the cause of this fiasco. Even now, they probably don’t realise what they did. The insurer’s should go after them to recover the costs of the rescue, but are not likely to.

Steve from Rockwood

Dumb and Dumber – Part Duh.

davidmhoffer

Popcorn! WUWT branded popcorn! We’re going to need it by the ton!
This is the gift that won’t stop giving. If the facts play out as they now appear, dozens of insurance execs just wet their pants while on the phone with their dozens upon dozens of lawyers who will be slobbering like rabid dogs over the news.
There’s a big bill to pay. I bet the ship owner is insured. Bet their insurance has a clause in it about operating the ship safely. The ship owner will argue that they couldn’t operate safely due to the failure of the passengers to heed their warnings. They’ll both try and hold over the insurer of the expedition. Bet that insurer will have a clause that says they’re not liable if the passengers didn’t follow safety procedures as ordered. They’ll throw it all on the passengers. The passengers will all get their own lawyers. The passengers that were on the ship at the time will argue that they aren’t responsible, the ones who were off the ship were. The passengers could well wind up suing each other!
Butter! WUWT branded butter!
Salt! WUWT branded salt.
Yes, I’m giddy. I’ve laughed so hard I’m suffering oxygen starvation and may pass ou

Chad Wozniak

@Eric Worrall –
If the crew do die because they can’t get out of there before the Antarctic winter sets in, Chris Turney and his fellow miscreants will be guilty of their murder, as far as I am concerned. Here we have a new kind of murder being committed by global warming alarmists – on top of hypothermia from carbon taxes and starvation from the ethanol program.

thingadonta

It’s not so easy to ‘adjust’ the real-world weather when it becomes inconvenient.

“We don’t need no stinking truth, we are the “Hockey Stick Team”.

Aphan

There’s more Anthony! I posted it on your questions thread, after the one you show in the OT. More damning evidence that conditions had been bad for DAYS before the night of the 23rd!! I posted MORE on your questions thread after the post you quoted in the OT detailing individual passengers mentioning the condition of the ice around them PRIOR to the night of the 23rd which was Janet Rice’s post.
( I don’t want to be obnoxious, but I want the whole story to be seen. I’m just posting stuff as I find it out myself. If you want to combine them/shorten/take editorial license with all of it, I totally trust you. Feel free to delete, rewrite, whatever you thinks portrays the total picture the most completely)
#2 long post in Questions thread-
*Didn’t mean for this to be so long. Just think the info here is important to the truth.*
Just got back from screen capping and copying URLs (instead of just cutting and pasting out key points) from http://www.spiritofmawson.com/blog/. We just never know these days when website pages will disappear. Right?
Not only does it detail all the sea ice they had to “grind through” (interactive map of the trips progress -https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z8QYRx-LCqEw.kFHpO8ktLaqI) in order to get anywhere CLOSE to the continent in the first place, but in the days BEFORE they got stuck in the ice for good, REPEATED posts on the blog by passengers demonstrate that the ice-fast ice-shore ice-was breaking up over and over again!!
Again, for Chris Turney to PRETEND after the ship got fatally stuck, to be shocked or surprised about all this ice suddenly showing up where it had not been before is ludicrous! It was there when they sailed in, it was breaking up and moving the whole time they were there, and Chris Turney admits on Dec 19th that he knew they were “between two low pressure system circulating the continent, promising fine, stable weather for at least the following two days. Unfortunately this is something of a double edged sword. We have been having extraordinary warm weather; so much so the fast ice – purportedly meaning the sea ice is locked ‘fast’ to the land – can spectacularly break out along the edge at any time.”
Not only that, but the ship ITSELF was breaking up fast ice on on shore!
*Dec 17th-Sean Borkovic-
“We reached a point when the ship veered suddenly to port aiming directly at the ice sheet. Just like that we ploughed into the fast ice in an effort to ‘park’ the ship so we could disembark. As we were rattled and shook by the manoeuvre it seemed crazy and bizarre yet it was not enough. We did not penetrate too far and instead of wedging in tight it instead cracked off several floes of ice. It took 12 goes before we had a suitable ‘berth’. ”
*Dec 18th- Robbie Turney-
“Later in the afternoon we took the Argos along the fast ice. We got half way before we realised it was too late and that we should head back. Although when we got back there was a large crack in the ice, 3 metres wide. It was too big for the Argos and Quad Bikes so we had to wait until the ship could barge its way to us. We were there for about an hour waiting in the five degree heat. Luckily there was no wind chill.”
*Dec 18th- Steve Lambert-
“Early evening as everyone on the ice was heading back to the ship, the cracks in the ice widened, separating them from the ship. Our obliging captain, Igor, manoeuvered the ship to a new spot, so that they could safely board.
Christmas Trees, decorations and lights are now up in the bar and dining room, We are festive. The Aussies have loved reminding our Pommie friends on board of that we have reclaimed the Ashes.
…9pm. Just at the end of dinner – the ice sheet that we were on all day has had a massive fracture and disintegrated into numerous sheets with large areas of water in between! Good thing that we are all on board, as well as all of the scientific equipment and vehicles.”
*Dec 19th-Ian McRae-
“The fast ice, the frozen ocean attached to the distant land, is rapidly breaking up and as we walk, cracks appear and occasionally we sink down to our knees to the ice below or, sometimes, to water. The surface we were walking on yesterday is now floating out to sea as pack ice and there is a danger that we could float out with it.”
Turney wraps up the 19th-20th on his entry on Dec 21st- (Note he acknowledges that he knew on or around Dec 19th that they are between low pressure systems and that stable weather might only last a couple of days)
“The weather forecast was excellent. We were between two low pressure system circulating the continent, promising fine, stable weather for at least the following two days. Unfortunately this is something of a double edged sword. We have been having extraordinary warm weather; so much so the fast ice – purportedly meaning the sea ice is locked ‘fast’ to the land – can spectacularly break out along the edge at any time. A timely reminder was during the evening we relocated. The Shokalskiy suddenly found it was in a mass breakout of ice. In just half an hour, an extensive area of ice (some of which we had been using for the Hangout on Air earlier that day) had broken up and was moving away from Commonwealth Bay with haste. Large pieces of ice, in the shape of shattered glass fragments – albeit large pieces – surrounded our vessel. There was no danger to the ship but it was a timely reminder how quickly things can change in this environment. You can never take anything for granted in the Antarctic! ”
By the 23rd, according to the Janet Rice site-they were surrounded by ice -http://www.janetrice.com.au/?e=98
“The ship is making very slow progress through pack ice. There is a narrow channel that we are inching our way along – it of course is pretty frozen in itself. There are icebergs on either side of us, some kilometres away – hard to tell exactly how far. We oscillate between hardly moving to suddenly being jolted sideways with a crunch as the ship bashes and barges its way through.”

john robertson

The turkey will be frantically unfriending the Greenie MP.
Banishing her back to communing with her chooks.

Claude Harvey

Maritime law and centuries of tradition generally hold the captain of a vessel responsible for its safety. Period. With that responsibility comes almost absolute authority over both crew and passengers including the authority to physically restrain. Once the captain allowed passengers to depart his ship, he lost the ability to control their actions. If that loss of control resulted in a ship threatening delay in departure, there’s a good chance maritime law would judge the captain at fault for having allowed the situation to arise in the first place. Unlike landlubbers, sea captains do not get to weasel out of responsibility for having released a band of potentially incompetent “explorers” for a frolic across the bay during uncertain weather conditions.

Patrick
Patrick

I didn’t notice before posting, but the article is listed under the “tarvel” section of the SMH. So, wasn’t a science trip after all LOL.
[“travel” section? Mod]

John F. Hultquist

There are many serious world conflicts and in the US an important mid-term election. The newest entrant in the former is the threat to the Olympic Games in Sochi to start in 5 weeks.
I’ll go out on a limb and predict that this Antarctica stuff will sink beneath the waves of social media and MSM sound bites. Leaders of the US, EU, and UN are the real ship of fools and none have anything to gain by keeping the ice saga alive. Note the Greenpeace/Russia thing. First terrorists, then hooligans, then free and home. It served Tzar Putin’s purposes and has gone away. Expect the same of the ice holes of Akademik Shokalskiy.

David L.

On TV tonight they showed some clips of those idots being saved. They were singing and smiling and laughing and having a great time. They acted like a bunch of pugnacious brats. Now they are cruising away at full speed on fossil fuel burning ships and helicopters while the captain and crew are still stranded.

RossP

But if this below is true , then the “Turkey” and his fellow idiots have just created a huge cost to a number of innocent parties
“Under international maritime conventions, the cost of the rescue will be borne by the ships involved.” This is part of a news report in NZ. I hope someone has got their facts wrong. But if it is correct then does it still apply if no danger to life was evident when assistance was asked for ?

Brendan

Spot on Patrick. Despite having 2 journalists on board, Fairfax (owners of SMH and the Age), have done all they can to either completely ignore the details fo the story by just not reporting anything, or make it all look like some sort of travel mishap.
One can only imagine the headlines form the same newspapers had Turney found what they were hoping to find.

Patrick

“davidmhoffer says:
January 2, 2014 at 8:21 pm”
My bet is the Australian taxpayer will end up footing the (what will be) rather substancial bill. Lets hope the ship and remaining crew are freed in the next week or two.
Yes Mod, travel section. I really should be more careful with my spelling given I suffer from dyslexia. Thanks!

Ruth

Here is something I wrote on JoNova’s blog:
Thanks to Robert W Service for the inspiration!
There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for fame;
The Climate Change has bedfellows strange
That would make your brain go lame;
The Southern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did bear
Was the climate geeks on the Akademik
Who got stuck in the ice-not-there.
Now Chris Turney was from New South Wee, where the gum tree stands and grows
Why he left his home in the South to roam ‘round the Pole, God only knows.
He was always hot, (no matter what), and often channelled Mao;
And he’d often say in his arrogant way “The Ice has Melted now.”
On Christmas Eve with Argo’s leave they were slow to find the trail
Talk of your cold! Through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail.
If eyes they’d close, then their lashes froze till sometimes they couldn’t see;
It wasn’t much fun, but the only one to tweet was Chris Turney.
And that very night, they got a fright – their ship was in sea ice;
And the blogs were read, and the wind they said was blowing up a vice;
Chris Turney claimed it was “Climate Change” – the Ice had Up and Went;
The rest had napped and they were trapped in their own experiment.
“Sea ice has waned due to climate change, but here it’s building up!
We have found this has changed – they all explained, there’s fresh water all about!
And don’t you know, the seawater below, well, we can almost drink it.
This ice which packs will have impacts so fast – you wouldn’t think it.”
The Snow Dragon and had also come, and got stuck in the same sea ice;
The Astrolabe tried and Turney cried so they hailed the Australis.
The sea ice grew and tempers brewed, and those onboard got sick;
The wind was blamed on Climate Change; that’s why the ice was thick!
The days went by and my oh my; the media had dissed
The simple fact the ship was packed with climate scientists!
They tried to show the melting snow would strike our hearts with fear
And we would back the carbon tax – if truth was far, not near.
Now a promise made is a debt unpaid and the sea has its own stern code.
In the days to come – though the papers were stum, we learned to love that load
Of childish geeks and climate freaks who danced and sang and stuff.
They howled their woes to ice and snow, and proved their warming bluff.
The choppers came and came again – the rescue on and off;
The Australis and the Chinese ship were struggling in a trough
Of water cold near the South Pole so they could pluck them out
Of their own vice in the snow and ice – “not supposed to be about.”
These scientists were more like kids when they begged for help from Watts;
To give the fools some weather tools, to extract them from a spot
Of danger here and trouble there – to save them from themselves!
The choppers came in just in time to pluck from icy shelves.
There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for fame;
The Climate Change has bedfellows strange
That would make your brain go lame;
The Southern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did bear
Was the climate geeks on the Akademik
Who got stuck in the ice-not-there.

Leon Brozyna

The clueless run amok … so, that’s why there are so many climate activists — it attracts many of the planet’s clueless … poor Captain … having to handle so many prima donnas who haven’t got a clue … now he’s stuck in the ice as a result of the clueless. On the bright side, he now can run the ship without having to do stupid acts for the passengers … or babysit them.

Mrs Beardsley

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for fame;
The Climate Change has bedfellows strange
That would make your brain go lame;
The Southern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did bear
Was the climate geeks on the Akademik
Who got stuck in the ice-not-there.
Now Chris Turney was from New South Wee, where the gum tree stands and grows
Why he left his home in the South to roam ‘round the Pole, God only knows.
He was always hot, (no matter what), and often channelled Mao;
And he’d often say in his arrogant way “The Ice has Melted now.”
On Christmas Eve with Argo’s leave they were slow to find the trail
Talk of your cold! Through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail.
If eyes they’d close, then their lashes froze till sometimes they couldn’t see;
It wasn’t much fun, but the only one to tweet was Chris Turney.
And that very night, they got a fright – their ship was in sea ice;
And the blogs were read, and the wind they said was blowing up a vice;
Chris Turney claimed it was “Climate Change” – the Ice had Up and Went;
The rest had napped and they were trapped in their own experiment.
“Sea ice has waned due to climate change, but here it’s building up!
We have found this has changed – they all explained, there’s fresh water all about!
And don’t you know, the seawater below, well, we can almost drink it.
This ice which packs will have impacts so fast – you wouldn’t think it.”
The Snow Dragon and had also come, and got stuck in the same sea ice;
The Astrolabe tried and Turney cried so they hailed the Australis.
The sea ice grew and tempers brewed, and those onboard got sick;
The wind was blamed on Climate Change; that’s why the ice was thick!
The days went by and my oh my; the media had dissed
The simple fact the ship was packed with climate scientists!
They tried to show the melting snow would strike our hearts with fear
And we would back the carbon tax – if truth was far, not near.
Now a promise made is a debt unpaid and the sea has its own stern code.
In the days to come – though the papers were stum, we learned to love that load
Of childish geeks and climate freaks who danced and sang and stuff.
They howled their woes to ice and snow, and proved their warming bluff.
The choppers came and came again – the rescue on and off;
The Australis and the Chinese ship were struggling in a trough
Of water cold near the South Pole so they could pluck them out
Of their own vice in the snow and ice – “not supposed to be about.”
These scientists were more like kids when they begged for help from Watts;
To give the fools some weather tools, to extract them from a spot
Of danger here and trouble there – to save them from themselves!
The choppers came in just in time to pluck from icy shelves.
There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for fame;
The Climate Change has bedfellows strange
That would make your brain go lame;
The Southern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did bear
Was the climate geeks on the Akademik
Who got stuck in the ice-not-there.

MattS

“If the Captain gets sued for damages, I hope he takes every penny Chris Turney and the University of New South Wales will ever have in the future.”
The Captain and the owners of the Shokalskiy are the ones who should be doing the suing.
If any of the crew dies from this, Chris Turney should face criminal charges for negligent homicide.

Mrs Beardsley

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for fame;
The Climate Change has bedfellows strange
That would make your brain go lame;
The Southern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did bear
Was the climate geeks on the Akademik
Who got stuck in the ice-not-there.
Now Chris Turney was from New South Wee, where the gum tree stands and grows
Why he left his home in the South to roam ‘round the Pole, God only knows.
He was always hot, (no matter what), and often channelled Mao;
And he’d often say in his arrogant way “The Ice has Melted now.”
On Christmas Eve with Argo’s leave they were slow to find the trail
Talk of your cold! Through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail.
If eyes they’d close, then their lashes froze till sometimes they couldn’t see;
It wasn’t much fun, but the only one to tweet was Chris Turney.
And that very night, they got a fright – their ship was in sea ice;
And the blogs were read, and the wind they said was blowing up a vice;
Chris Turney claimed it was “Climate Change” – the Ice had Up and Went;
The rest had napped and they were trapped in their own experiment.
“Sea ice has waned due to climate change, but here it’s building up!
We have found this has changed – they all explained, there’s fresh water all about!
And don’t you know, the seawater below, well, we can almost drink it.
This ice which packs will have impacts so fast – you wouldn’t think it.”
The Snow Dragon and had also come, and got stuck in the same sea ice;
The Astrolabe tried and Turney cried so they hailed the Australis.
The sea ice grew and tempers brewed, and those onboard got sick;
The wind was blamed on Climate Change; that’s why the ice was thick!
The days went by and my oh my; the media had dissed
The simple fact the ship was packed with climate scientists!
They tried to show the melting snow would strike our hearts with fear
And we would back the carbon tax – if truth was far, not near.
Now a promise made is a debt unpaid and the sea has its own stern code.
In the days to come – though the papers were stum, we learned to love that load
Of childish geeks and climate freaks who danced and sang and stuff.
They howled their woes to ice and snow, and proved their warming bluff.
The choppers came and came again – the rescue on and off;
The Australis and the Chinese ship were struggling in a trough
Of water cold near the South Pole so they could pluck them out
Of their own vice in the snow and ice – “not supposed to be about.”
These scientists were more like kids when they begged for help from Watts;
To give the fools some weather tools, to extract them from a spot
Of danger here and trouble there – to save them from themselves!
The choppers came in just in time to pluck from icy shelves.
There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for fame;
The Climate Change has bedfellows strange
That would make your brain go lame;
The Southern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did bear
Was the climate geeks on the Akademik
Who got stuck in the ice-not-there.

Patrick

Good for a laugh!
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/2013-confirmed-as-australias-hottest-year-on-record-20140103-308ek.html
“This event could not have happened without increasing greenhouse gases, without climate change”
They forgot to mention without models too!

Aussiebear

Reading some of the blogs from these folks, I can only wonder about their use of the English language. From a previous post “..waiting in the five degree heat”. Five degree HEAT?. I guess in a “warming” world there is no cold. Sort of like 8.2pH changing to 8.1pH being “more acidic”.

Keith Minto

Patrick says:
January 2, 2014 at 8:31 pm
I didn’t notice before posting, but the article is listed under the “tarvel” section of the SMH. So, wasn’t a science trip after all LOL.
[“travel” section? Mod]

Fairfax press must be embarrassed about this, that is why it is back in the travel section.
They are part of this fiasco (“follow Faifax’s Antarctic Expedition”), and, this being holiday summer here you would think that this would just the story to boost circulation in the slowest circulation period of the year. There is a video link here, to our great Antarctic and Everest mountaineer Greg Mortimer who was one of the team leaders, and he looks truly shocked about the event. He is an experienced, no nonsense guy and it is obvious that he is less than impressed with all of this.

Janice Moore

@ Aphan — WAY — TO — GO! Your moment finally came. You are always such a fine affirmer and encourager of others on WUWT, glad to see you shine. GREAT WORK!
A fan,
Janice
*********************
@Patrick — You do AMAZINGLY well at writing given your dyslexia. You should feel so proud of yourself. (and that fact that you are Australian, yes, yes, (smile))
With admiration for your perseverance and mental tenacity,
Janice

Rick

Remember the Four Lads in their large row boat, the Arctic Joule, who, back in August/September 2013 attempted to traverse the ice choked North West Passage. Their pathetic struggles against the wind and ice, brought to us daily via modern technology, and their eventual capitulation half way to their goal, provided plenty of mirth for the interested observer.
While the astonishing naivete of both groups is comparable, IMO the huge costs and the number of people involved with this latest farce render it rather less humorous.

Mrs Beardsley

Sorry about the bad cut and paste on my first post. The second post is the poem I wrote with thanks to Robert W Service for inspiration. “The Cremation of Sam McGee”. 🙂

Chris4692

Good work Aphan.

Nothing here for the masses. WUWT gets a laugh.
But the proles won’t see this on the News without an AGW spin.
The common MSM news consumer will get the news the cabal wants them to get.
Facts are irrelevent in this new world

Janice Moore

LOL, Mrs. Beardsley (riiiigghhht, wink, wink, nod, nod).
Fun paraphrase of Robert W. Service (one of the few poems I’ve had memorized, or nearly so, since I was little). You left out the best part, though, v. a v. Turkey I mean, the part about where in the ice they see in a thrice … the Alice May and … stuff …. ‘im in! Oooo wouldn’t that be great? (No, no, not literally — just some sort of punishment) Well, anyway, thanks for sharing your wit.
Well, actually, Sam MacGee was a lot more noble than Turkey — he just asked to be let off and didn’t endanger anyone else… . And didn’t LIE.

wayne

“The ship owner will argue that they couldn’t operate safely due to the failure of the passengers to heed their warnings.”
So true. The leader/sponsor of this fiasco must bear the total rescue cost and that bill has not stopped running to date. So possibly, so long to Turney’s Carbonscape Holdings, Ltd, it would be such a deserving end to this saga. Hope he has learned why the seekers of the true knowledge are now saying Global Cooling is upon us, this is no “pause”.

Janice Moore

@ Mrs. Beardsley — lol, I was writing my post while you posted your second one. I DO believe you re: the cut-and-paste thing. The “riiiggghht” was about your “name.” Heh, heh. Mrs. Beardsley. Mm, hm.

Patrick B

Does anyone else read the posts by the “scientists/tourists/mad men” and get the impression they are reading reports by high school kids on a field trip that they failed to prepare for?

Mike Bromley the Kurd

“a timely reminder how quickly things can change in this environment”. Funny to hear this coming from one of the participants as they were somewhat incautious in testing this maxim.

Ben U. says:
January 2, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Chris Turney is crazy like a fox – or just as well a penguin – no publicity is bad publicity, especially when the media air-brush for you. He will roll failure into an ongoing counter-assault. Hear his mighty quack! courtesy of Burgess Meredith.

Except that he will have a lot of trouble chartering any boat for a future similar boondoggle.

Janice Moore

Take care, out there, Mike Bromley. You are being prayed for.
Janice

Janice Moore

“Does anyone else read the posts by the “scientists/tourists/mad men” and get the impression they are {really, really, REALLY, dumb}?”
Yup.
#(:))

Janice Moore

I mean, “Yup, Patrick B.” — ooops (heh, heh, just what I deserved for calling those mentally-impaired spoiled brats “dumb,” huh?).
Okay. How many posts is that? (eye roll with sheepish grin)
Did somebody in the back yell, “TOO MANY!”?? #(:))

Paulo deSouza

[SNIP – this is not only inappropriate here, but ugly – take your comments elsewhere – Anthony]