30 August 2014 » Uncategorized | respond

Tandberg Polar is now hopefully at any time departing for its last stretch towards Cambridge Bay. It has been an intence period the last weeks waiting for the ice to open, discussing the development of the ice situation and observing how the wind pushes the drift ice around.
This was also an observation professor Sverdrup on board Maud made during the Maud expedition when trying to drift with the current, fixed in the ice, across the North pole nearly 100 year ago.
The wind factor is really to be considered. Open water is now appearing along the coast drown from Bellot strait towards Gjøa Havn giving open water for further advance, clearly as a consequence of an easterly wind the last couple of days. Lets do hope Tandberg Polar will be able to reach Cambridge Bay this coming week so we can start changing our focus, finally.

While our Tug and Barge is hoping for an opening in the ice, photographer/diver Dag Leslie and myself are keeping busy preparing for the events to come. We are make physical preparations over and under the water as well as some more detailed planning for the lifting operation iself. As it looks now we will have only a short month of work until we have to prepare everything for the winter. In practice this means we will have limited time for doing what we want. The weeks to come will give us the answers.
It is always best to have the main focus on what needs to be done first, and then take things as they appear. Though we do need to operate with several variables.
One question that is arising these days is whether we will have enough time for the rising operation this autum, but at this point in time it is too early for speculations.

Being interested in the aviation history of Roald Amundsen I have spent some time lately experimenting with an attempt to get some aerial photo images of Maud, where she has spent the last good 80 years. Last autum I brought a little drone to CB that crashed as a consequence og interfering radiosignals from the local radiotower. At least that is my theory if it wasnt mr Amundsen playing with me.
So after giving up this noisy high-tec version I turned to Amundsens and picked up his idea of making a kite. Amundsen used kites for different things both before and during the Maud expedition. One purpose was to measure the strength and direction of the wind at various hights above the ground. This was purely for scientific recordings, but he also did some tests with man lifting kites before the Fram expedition to the south pole. These kites were ment to be used as a help to navigate through drift ice, simply to find the easiest way through the pack. By bringing yourself or someone else (this activity could not be without risk) high up above the ship you can see much further than from sea level. Amundsens kites were ment to lift a person up to several hundred meteres abouve the ground.
My ambition is simply to lift a gopro camera up with the help of a kite, which is less complicated and less risky than lifting my self (or anyone else) and the intention is to get an overall perspctive of the area where Maud has spent more than 80 years.
It is always in general good to get a perspective from above. To get elevated. To see it all in one glance.
To see Maud from above surely gives an impression of clearification. Yes it is really a ship laying down there. From sea level we can only see what sticks out of the water, which really is only the tip of the iceberg, so to say.

Passing over Edmonton in Canada on my way to Cambridge Bay recently, I had the pleasure to meet the family Norma Jean and Don Smithson and their son Phillip.They had a great little treasure they wanted to donate to the Maud Returns Home Project, namely what is thought to be a Bell once belonging to Maud. Family Smithson bought the bell back in 1978 from Richard Flatt who at that time lived in Cambridge Bay. If anyone reading this has more to tell related to the story of this bell we would love to know. The Bell will find its way to Vollen and Norway together with old Maud and be presented there in a future House of Maud. Thank you very much Norma Jean and Don.

Revival kite test flying around Maud kite-test
marina prado nogueira

Flying kites – different times – same principle amundsen-me


photo left: marina prado nogueira

Kite-test reward. There is an old ship down there. aerial1

Clearing the sea bed.There is a lot of lifting power in a small submerged ballon. planke-hev1

in free flight with the old lady Underwater Photographer

Tallest man in Cambridge Bay with yellow flippers: Dag Leslie is true dedication, precision and pure positivity. dag-flippers

The Maud bell. A solid handfull of history. bell-donators
marina p n

tandberg eiendom as / concept jan wanggaard

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