We depart for the Bahamas tomorrow, 8am…

27th February

Approaching RRS James Cook at night as she lies sleepily alongside the dock in temperate Tenerife is truly a sight to behold. Gleaming white and lit up like a Christmas tree, she’d easily be the most impressive ship in the harbour, had it not been for her younger sister arriving a couple of days ago to steal her limelight.

It just so happens that this errant sister, the RRS Discovery, lies but a few feet from Cook’s stern, here on totally unrelated science. But she’s not going to the Bahamas, and we are, so we win!

Our lines are due to be cast tomorrow at 8am sharp, and we’ll not see land again for a whopping 44 days. Packed to the rafters with scientists and their respective toys, the plan is to take data recordings from buoys across the Atlantic and around the deep ocean which surrounds the Islands.

The team, led by Dr David Smeed of the National Oceanography Centre, hope to look at how the movement of heat and carbon in the ocean affect our climate, and how this may change in the future as the world’s oceans begin to warm.

I am here to report on the expedition and cannot believe my luck with the cabin I’ve been given. Due to having a little extra space, my new best friend the Ship’s Purser, decided to be nice and give me the kind of top-notch quarters normally reserved for Senior Scientists.

Result! I have my own en-suite and more than enough space to swing a cat. A happy, and very excited girl indeed.

– Laura

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