Traveling to the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier
September 21, 2016
Yesterday we took a late-night flight from Yellowknife, Canada, to Cambridge Bay, Canada. Then we took a quick but cold ride, on a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB), out to the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier and arrived onboard at around 10:00 p.m. In Yellowknife, we switched to a plane that could land on a gravel runway.
At the airport in Cambridge Bay, there was a taxidermy musk ox in the waiting area that inspired me to ask Erik Trauschke to snap photos of different angles of the ox so that I could try to create a three-dimensional (3D) model by stitching the images together. I use this technique for creating mosaics and models of the seafloor so I used this ox as practice. Surprising us all, the 3D model came out quite well.
This morning the science party has been setting up equipment, including sounding editor workstations, and connecting our computer systems to the ship’s network. We’ve also been busy with familiarizing ourselves with the ship and participating in a safety orientation and emergency drills, which included donning immersion suits and life vests.