26-May-2013

Netherlands Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. Day 30.

The Netherlands Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter (G-BIMU, Stac Pollaidh) hovered off the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer as we traveled along the coast of Netherlands on our way to Oslo, Norway. The helicopter did an amazing job of staying stationary right next to our ship. They wanted to do a drill, but had to leave as they were running low on fuel. I liked the expression on the pilot and co-pilots faces.

Netherlands Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter (G-BIMU, Stac Pollaidh) Hovering Near the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer in the North Sea. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/14, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Netherlands Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter (G-BIMU, Stac Pollaidh) Hovering Near the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer in the North Sea. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/14, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Netherlands Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter (G-BIMU, Stac Pollaidh) Hovering Near the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer in the North Sea. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Netherlands Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter (G-BIMU, Stac Pollaidh) Hovering Near the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer in the North Sea. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

01-October-2012

Back Home.

For the past ~40 days I have been on the M/V Explorer as part of the Fall 2012 Semester at Sea program. The map shows a GPS track of where I have been. The internet connection on board the ship was limited, so I have not been posting since mid-August. Blog posts and images from the trip will be added in the near future (links below).

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20-August-2012 Packing Day
21-August-2012 Halifax, Nova Scotia
22-August-2012 Halifax, Nova Scotia – M/V Explorer Arrival
23-August-2012 Halifax, Nova Scotia – Fall 2012 Semester at Sea Voyage Departure
24-August-2012 At Sea – Day 1

24-August-2012

Semester at Sea Fall 2012 Voyage Day 2: Atlantic Crossing

The main activity for the first full day at sea was an all-day orientation for the students in the Union. There are 477 undergraduate students attending the Fall Semester this year. In addition there are 47 Life Long Learners (30 full voyage and 17 partial voyage), 36 Faculty, 37 Staff & Family, and 181 Crew on board the M/V Explorer for this voyage.

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Halifax Sunrise, M/V Explorer Departure, Sunset at Sea (David J. Mathre)
Orientation for Students in the Union (David J. Mathre)

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Sunset (David J. Mathre)
Students Waiting for Sunset (David J. Mathre)

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Sunset (David J. Mathre)
Student Waiting for Sunset (David J. Mathre)

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Sunset at Sea on the M/V Explorer. Fall 2012 Semester at Sea Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 122 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunset at Sea on the M/V Explorer. Fall 2012 Semester at Sea Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 122 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)