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Thick Ice, Long Night

For much of yesterday, the going was easy, through light ice. But things got harder last night, as we headed away from the wind-cleared area south of St. Lawrence Island  and closer to mainland Alaska. Near land, you’re much more likely to run into thick, dense ice.

Speaking of things getting harder last night, at about 3:30 this morning, an alarm went off and a very loud voice announced a fuel leak in the #1 engine room. Footsteps rang through the ladderways as the officers down the hall from me ran to their emergency stations. The science party gathered sleepily in the science conference lounge to be counted. About 40 minutes later everyone was sent back to bed.

This morning everything was back to normal, and the officer driving the ship wedged Healy in next to a nice solid piece of ice to sit for the day.

Read on about our adventure in the slideshow below. Can't see the slideshow? Get the Flash plug in »

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