HMS Endurance 2006-2008

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HMS Endurance 2006-2008 saellis 1/5/07 2:48 PM
Follow the HMS Endurance during her 2007-2009 deployment.
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Endurance disabled in Strait of Magellan
Royal Navy Statement:
" We can confirm that Royal Navy Antarctic patrol ship HMS Endurance suffered a flood in her engine room which left her without main power and propulsion off the coast of Chile. An investigation is underway into the exact cause of the incident.

The flooding has now been contained the ship is currently being held in safe water by her anchor in the Strait of Magellan. The Norwegian Sun Cruise liner is nearby and is ready to provide assistance if needed.

Our top priority is the safety of those onboard. Royal Navy personnel are highly trained in emergency incidents and are well equipped to deal with the situation. The crew recently underwent an intensive period of training prior to deployment.

A Chilean Navy puma helicopter has already taken 10 civilians off the ship as a precaution. A Chilean Tug and Maritime Patrol Aircraft are also on route to assist if required.

Next of kin are currently being informed of the situation and a Helpline (08457 800 900) has been set up for concerned relatives to call for further information."


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HMS ENDURANCE, pennant number A171, is the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Vessel. She deploys each year in the autumn from her base port of Portsmouth in Hampshire, to the cold and ice of the Antarctica austral summer where she carries out her operational duties for the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO).



Thanks to everyone at the Google Earth Community who took the time to answer my stupid technical questions. I could not even zip a kml file or make a working Network Link when I started this project last year. Also, I owe special thanks to Endurance's Public Outreach Programme, Captain Nick Lambert, Navigating Officer Lee Vessey, and Dr. Anna Nelson of the British Antarctic Survey for their assistance in this project.
Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 Noisette 1/6/07 5:33 AM
Absolutely fabulous post saellis. Fascinating subject, great presentation, lots of information and fantastic photos. An excellent example of how GE can be used for this kind of project.

Just one thing puzzles me, can I ask how it comes about that somebody in Colorado Springs is doing a presentation for the British Royal Navy? Just curious
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 saellis 1/6/07 9:03 AM
Thank you for your kind words, Noisette. I'm glad you like it. I first learned of the HMS Endurance from another GEC post by user 'pm77' earlier this year. After doing a search I found that there were no Google Earth projects about the modern HMS Endurance so I started on the project back in November as a way to combat insomnia after working past midnight.

I tried to follow the design of the Visit And Learn website with the idea that the KMZ file would serve as a companion to it. The hardest part of the project has been to find high resolution sattelite images to use as overlays to improve on the basically featureless GE base image. I have a great image of Livingston Island but the copyright is owned by the Bulgarian Antarctic Place-names Commission which has yet to answer my request to use it.
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 Noisette 1/6/07 3:12 PM
Ah I see You did such a good job of following the design of the website, I thought you must be affiliated to it! Have you contacted them to see if they would be interested in including your file, or linking to your post here on the BBS?
Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 saellis 1/7/07 4:02 AM
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...Have you contacted them to see if they would be interested in including your file, or linking to your post here on the BBS?



Just prior to posting it here, I had contacted VisitAndLearn so they could review it and also to get permission to use their copyrighted material. They seemed keen on linking to this post. I suggested that the link could be put on their "student links" page so that more students might be introduced to GE.

Still no word from Bulgaria about using their images so I would appreciate it if anyone could direct me to a source of sattelite or aerial images of the Antarctic Peninsula and sub-Antarctic islands, hopefully in the public domain.
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 Delta102 1/8/07 6:41 AM
What a Great post!
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 syzygy 1/8/07 9:27 AM
very well presented, truly informative!
thank you! 5*s from me!
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 scunnin224 1/9/07 12:41 AM
My brother is onboard HMS Endurance, here is a link to some pictures from their trip down there:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/95205697@N00/
Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 saellis 1/10/07 4:29 AM
Thanks for posting the pics, Scunnin. It looks like the best tour of duty in the Royal Navy.
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 scunnin224 1/12/07 1:49 AM
I can only tell you what he says, its amazing to see the wildlife, the icebergs and the beauty down there. Of course its sometimes pretty rough seas on the way down, but a great tour of duty to go there - here is another link to some pictures of Endurance up close and personal on the way southward in november -

http://funchalport.blogspot.com/2006/11/her-majestys-ship.html

Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 saellis 1/22/07 11:29 AM
UPDATE:
BBC video clips added to the 'Introduction' placemark.
They should open in a separate Real Player application.
(users of Internet Explorer will also have to contend with another browser window openning to a dead link. Just close it and life goes on. )

Several members of Endurance's crew will be attempting the first circumnavigation of James Ross Island soon. I think they were dropped off at their base camp on 11 January.
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 saellis 2/2/07 9:17 PM
2/2: HMS Endurance responds to distress call from cruiseship grounded at Neptune's Bellows, Deception Island

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LINK2

The first placemark in the 'Deployment Photo Gallery' folder shows Endurance's crew as they conduct rescue and recovery operations.

Luckily it seems that a major oil spill has been averted.
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HMS Endurance 2006-2007 ferdy 2/3/07 4:24 AM
this is absolutely fantastic.
extremely enjoyable..
top job!!

can we sticky this please ?
Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 saellis 2/17/07 7:28 PM


2/15 After 10 days in Mare Harbour for resupply and engineering work, HMS Endurance resumes her work with a new captain, Bob Tarrant.

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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 saellis 2/24/07 4:31 AM
**Attempted circumnavigation of James Ross Island by kayak has been aborted due to poor ice conditions. The team is now attempting Vega Island to the north. The placemarks in the 'Endurance Kayak' folder are from their blog.
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 Anonymous 2/28/07 3:06 PM
Noisette alerted me to this post. What excellent work! Very thorough with great links for further information and well crafted overlays.
Thanks again
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 saellis 3/1/07 11:09 AM
Thank, Heamit. I have some work to do on the 'Endurance Kayak' section. Either I'm mixing up some of the placemarks or there are more than one team of kayakers going in different directions around Vega Island. Also I haven't been able to get more of the ship's positions so the instances of the Linestring crossing landmasses is starting to get out of control. I'll probably create a Region to fade the Linestring to completely transparent as one zooms closer to the Antarctic Peninsula.
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 saellis 3/13/07 11:31 PM
Endurance has stopped in Punta Arenas, Chile. There are lots of brightly colored buildings in this town which are plainly visible in GE. It reminds me of some towns in Portugal where people paint their homes using the cheapest paint they can get.

The visitandlearn website link for this placemark is kind of interesting. They keep mixing up which side of the Andes Argentina and Chile are on. Maybe they had their map upside-down?
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 SvenAERTS 3/17/07 8:38 AM
That is nice !

We are also doing something with a boat:

http://www.earthrace.net

Maybe it would be possible to start something like this on our endeavour as well ?

It was presented with Al Gore during the WorldBioFuelMarkets conference and fair in march 2007.

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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 saellis 3/23/07 9:07 AM
What a small world! The Endurance's former captain, Nick Lambert transfered to the HMS Cornwall in the Persian Gulf. Fifteen Royal Marines from the Cornwall were recently taken captive by Iran. Dodging icebergs and a hostile navy half a world away in the space of a month. What a job!
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 Anonymous 3/25/07 2:08 AM
Wow!

That really is amazing!
Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 saellis 4/7/07 8:44 PM
Polygons showing the seasonal changes in the Antarctic ice pack have been added to the 'Overlays' folder.

Summer


Winter
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 almonadl 4/13/07 6:14 AM
Thank you
Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 scunnin224 5/10/07 6:10 AM
Hey,

Endurance will be spending a few days in an African Country for a few days. Sorry I cant reveal where she is as she is still an active war ship. But the crew will be assisting rebuilding a roof on a nursery. You can check some good pictures my brother took at http://www.flickr.com/photos/95205697@N00


Thanks
Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 scunnin224 5/10/07 6:12 AM
Oh I forgot when Endurance returns to Portsmouth there will be a ceremony where she will be awarded the freedom of the city. If you are in the UK you can get tickets but I will keep you in touch with the event.

Thanks,
scunnin224
Historical map SuperOverlay added saellis 5/15/07 6:51 PM
SuperOverlay of the South Shetland and South Orkney Islands added.


1908 Hydrographic Office Map.

I've been working on this one for a few months. I had to code everything manually since I don't have an application to speed things along. It has been a good lesson in perseverance since the SuperOverlay example in Google's KML2.1 documentation had my mind bolloxed for weeks.

I referenced the map's lines of long/lat to GE's gridlines as best I could. It aligns very well east/west but lines of latitude get increasingly out of place moving from north to south. The map visibility is set to 0 when the .KMZ file first opens so open the 'Overlays' Folder to enable it. It looks best with all the other placemarks turned off. It is interesting to note that some features are plotted on this map significantly off from their true positions while others are nearly spot on.

Enjoy
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Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 scunnin224 5/22/07 4:56 AM
As you can see pictures below:

http://www.internationaldove.com/gallery/misc


The crew worked on a orphanage, and is on her way back to Portsmouth to receive the Freedom of Portsmouth.

If you are interested and in the UK, HMS Endurance will be docking tomorrow back in Portsmouth with the end of her Deployment....

Welcome home Endurance!
Final Revision saellis 6/8/07 8:47 AM
Final Revision

Thanks to everyone at the Google Earth Community who took the time to answer my stupid technical questions. I could not even zip a kml file or make a working Network Link when I started this project last year. Also, I owe special thanks to Endurance's Public Outreach Programme, Captain Nick Lambert, Navigating Officer Lee Vessey, and Dr. Anna Nelson of the British Antarctic Survey for their assistance in this project.
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Re: Final Revision scunnin224 8/16/07 1:37 AM
Just to let you know Endurance is heading back soon, but for a much longer deployment. if you wish to see pictures from the Antartic you can view my pictures at www.flickr.com/scunnin224
Re: HMS Endurance 2006-2007 saellis 10/1/07 8:05 AM
HMS Endurance is in dry dock and almost ready to begin her 2007-2008 season. I'll post this season's kml when she has been underway for a few days; until then, here are a few photos of Endurance below the waterline. Note the icebreaking knife at her keel and the protective shroud of her propeller.




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HMS Endurance begins her 2007-2008 deployment saellis 12/1/07 4:19 AM
Endurance left Portsmouth on 28 November to start her 2007-2008 deployment which, at 18 months, will be her longest ever.

New to this file are:
  • Endurance's last reported position
  • New Ground Overlays for Livingston Island
  • Videos added to the Document description; "1 June 2007" Placemark; "Ship Grounded at Neptune's Bellows" Placemark in the "Deployment Gallery" Folder.
  • Quadrant 'A' Iceberg positions updated weekly.