Polar Defense Project » We’re Stuck(By the way, you may recall that Jeremy Clarkson drove a truck to the North Pole last winter.)
“We’re stuck”Google Maps, 80.52397, 12.21224
I have slept poorly. The floating ice, while thin, is so prevalent that, throughout the night, it grinds noisily against the side of the boat in a slightly alarming fashion - imagine someone scraping their nails across an old-fashioned blackboard.The then begins earlier than normal and, unusually, I am not woken by Robbie bounding into my room. Instead the ship’s engine roars to life earlier than normal - at around 5.30 - and the MV ‘Havsel’ begins to judder ominously. I clamber out of bed and scramble up to the bridge - all the ship’s crew are there, and they look serious. I look outside and I can see why. The sea is almost entirely congested with ice floes - I would estimate 80% plus of the sea is covered by them. There is a real risk that we could get stuck up here. We have drifted in the night into a much icier area than where we stopped last night. I wake up the team, and everyone groggily makes their way to the bridge. There’s a mixed reaction in the team to the prospect of getting stuck up here.
After awaking to find their vessel frozen in ice the team are steaming around looking for a path that's navigable by kayak.
No paddling today.
1. From The Reference Frame:
Of course, The Reference Frame wishes them a pleasant weather for the 1,000 km (90% of the trip) remaining to the North Pole, a safe trip back to their homes, and a successful brain transplantation afterwords.2. Their Google Map has been updated, and now shows them a bit further from the North Pole at 80.496 N.
3. In the comment section at Watts Up With That, Steven Goddard writes:
In 1922, it was possible to sail to 81N in ice free water.
He never had a chance to get within 500 miles of the North Pole. What a joke.
On this date in 1980, the ice edge was in the same place where they are stuck now.
Sept 5 update: They've evidently given up and are said to be headed south. Details here.
Another update: Their support boat was evidently a seal-hunting vessel.