So, Australia's biggest and best icebreaker, Aurora Australis, broke loose from her moorings during a "summer" squall - 80 kt winds and blinding blizzard snow - and ran ashore at the Mawson Station in Antarctica. That's at West Arm in Horseshoe Harbor.
Here she is afloat - presumably "breaking" ice. And she is capable of cutting through ice as thick as 4 feet! She displaces 3,911 tons and is 95 meters long (that's about 311 feet for those of you not able to deal with metrics) and, at the time of the "problem," she had some 68 souls aboard. Let me say right off, none were hurt in the grounding and the ship remained intact - mostly. She had arrived at Mawson on 20th February.
The ship was designed as a multi-purpose research and resupply vessel for use specifically in Antarctica.
|That's just bad!|
So much for a pleasant summer cruise!
Until next time,