2022: Blog | Joining HMS Protector
After being released from our hotel quarantine we were transferred to the HMS Protector, it was nice to see a bit of Stanley and the local landscape. We were given a warm welcome including handshakes from the Commanding Officer and Captain, and a quick transition to a maskless covid-free environment. After dinner and a quick tour of the ship we were invited into the Wardroom and got to know the team of Officers.
Pictured: HMS Protector
All of the crew have been incredibly friendly and helpful and each of the team have found their ‘people’. I have discussed the approach to Port Lockroy with the Navigator, and how we might land our stores with the Coxswain. Tank has spent time in the ‘Chippy’ shack, doing carpentry jobs for the ship and getting shown around the engine room by the Chief Engineer. We were also able to check through our stores which had been secured in the cargo hold.
Pictured, left to right: Tank busy working on HMS Protector; Kit visits Stanley Post Office
Kit had arrived in Stanley ahead of Tank and I to pack our stores. This had also given him the opportunity to visit the Stanley Post Office in person and meet Lindsay and Glynnis who oversee the mail going between Port Lockroy and the UK. We will operate the Post Office again this season continuing the tradition first established at Base A during Operation Tabarin. Every year the British Antarctic Territory issues one or more new stamp sets, this year commemorating 30 years of Environmental Protection they include an image of the 2016/17 Lockroy team painting Bransfield House, a task on our work list for this season.
We are a little apprehensive of the crossing after seeing videos from the bridge of the size of the waves previously encountered!
Lucy Dorman, Base Leader 2021 - 2022
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