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Captain's log: A perfect day for work

Great conditions allow for plenty of action from the Laurier

  • Aug 31, 2014
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September 1, 2014, 23:00 Mountain Standard Time
Light winds, open water and relatively calm seas made for a perfect day to get all of the equipment in the water and in the air, and advance multiple project goals simultaneously. The northern search area remains difficult for boat work. Patience is the key up here, so we will go hard wherever the ice and weather let us work. Our current area down in the south is a location we have been searching since 2008, and it remains an area of interest. So, we will continue to cover more of this spot.

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Pilot Andrew Stirling gives a briefing on helicopter operations aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier. (Photo: M. Bernier, Parks Canada)

Immediately after breakfast, Parks Canada’s Investigator, along with its autonomous underwater vehicle, was launched back in the approach to O’Reilly Island, followed by the Canadian Hydrographic Service’s Gannet and Kinglett which were deployed toward their survey blocks. Lead hydrographer Scott Youngblut’s team had also engaged the multibeam on the Laurier very early in the morning so the onboard hydrographers Arthur Wickens and Ryan Battista kept themselves very busy processing the near real-time data throughout the day.

Our terrestrial archeologists were also eager to work today, and were able to grab the extra seats in the helicopter with Youngblut as he headed to one of the unnamed islands in the southern area. Besides the ongoing multibeam work, the hydrographers routinely establish global positioning stations onshore. These are critical to ensuring the positional accuracy of their surveys. While Youngblut set up the GPS station, archeologists Douglas Stenton and Robert Park conducted archeological surveys, located several Inuit tent rings and mapped sites using the ground-based LiDAR. The pilot stayed with them, keeping an eye out for hungry predators. Luckily, they only attracted curious caribou. The ability to share resources and assets between the various agencies aboard is a fundamental element of this project.


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