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November 30th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Just a quick picture of the day post, the North Sea is worryingly calm and beautiful at the moment, I’m convinced  we are going to take a battering on the way to Aberdeen to payoff in 2 weeks!! Wish us luck… Spence  ...
November 30th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Through the power of social media (my twitter account) I recently found out about an exciting new blog being written from the RRS James Clark Ross. The blog in question is written by a PHd student called Louise Biddle who has a keen passion for exploration and of course there are few place...
November 29th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
After an unfortunate internet outage, rendering me twitching with withdrawal I was unable to post yesterday, my apologies. Today I’m going to cover king penguins, a type of penguin we would often see whilst South. Today’s pictures are all taken on the beautiful and famous islan...
November 27th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Considering the time of year we have had 2 full days of really really nice weather and personally it’s got me worrying… the calm before the storm maybe? one can certainly hope not. I took this picture today, I really am in the North Sea I promise! Spence  ...
November 27th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Whilst the title of this post is not an actual type of penguin I certainly feel it is quite fitting considering the nickname for this penguin is the bearded penguin and I very much enjoy sporting a beard. They are more commonly known as chinstrap penguins, I wont explain why. The first tim...
November 26th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Day two of penguin week here on the blog and today I’m going to talk about my second favourite type of penguin, the emperor, I know nothing of the history of these extraordinary birds but I’m happy to guess that they are known as emperors simply because of their posture, size, ...
November 25th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
November not only see’s about the most impressive month of the year for facial hair and exquisite moustaches but it also marks the start of the penguin breeding season and in celebration of this fact I’ve decided that this week is penguin week on the blog, I will of course po...
November 24th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
The following was written by a 10- year old British school boy, a boy who was clearly wise beyond his years, I really did have a chuckle to myself when I read it, I hope you enjoy it too…. “I want to be a captain when I grow up because it’s a cool job that […]...
November 22nd, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Today has brought about some rather awful weather, something I’m never really a fan of! It’s actually very difficult to get a picture of rough seas, but here are two pictures that give some idea about how it can be. Sorry this is a short one, the internet is never good when we ...
November 21st, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
A sailors leave generally consists of a tipple or two and this post is for the drinkers or those with a keen interest in pirates or history. Coming from a town with a brewery situated directly in the middle, a student life and also having the privilege of sailing on some of the few remaini...
November 20th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Well here we are again and time really did fly whilst on leave. My apologies for irregular postings and generally not making a better effort whilst at home. I’m back to sea now and already hooked up to the tow line and carrying out heading control once again for the FPSO Gryphon Alph...
November 11th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
I have updated my youtube channel with 3 more videos today, one in particular is my favourite of being at work. It is a timelapse of our transit north through the La Mare channel in Antarctica, it is my favourite purely and simply because of its beauty, mere metres from touching the sides ...
November 11th, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
Today is a day of remembrance around the world, and as this is a Merchant Navy themed blog the following poem is a reminder of the Merchant Seamen who laid down their lives for us.   Don’t speak to me of heroes until you’ve heard the tale, of all those merchant seamen who sailed...
November 1st, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
When I was away with the container ships I would try my best to send postcards from everywhere I went and there are a fair few still on my mothers notice board. Nowadays I just use facebook, email and  text messages, halfway through a long trip approaching christmas I used to make DVDs an...
November 1st, 2012 - Posted by The Mariner
I like to keep in contact with Cadets I have sailed with for a number of reasons, mostly to follow their progress and help provide additional information and advice should they need it, also because by the time you have spent many months training with them they quickly become friends. Keep...