Empty plates and happy faces. Thanks to Slesvig Roklub!

Hedvig Sophia Day 17

Empty plates and happy faces. Thanks to Slesvig Roklub!

The (supposedly) predicable weather was our theme for the day, as we delayed departure this morning in pursuit of favourable conditions. Luckily we were able to make it out and had divers in the water around midday, to continue the measurements and drawings for the bow and stern.

Both teams did well and, despite a camera crew being on board, we made some progress on our drawings. We meant to leave a little earlier today, as we were invited to the Slesvig Rowing Club for a viewing of the TV film about Hedvig Sophia and a barbeque. Despite inclement weather and a dinner date we made three sets of dives, especially important as we were unsure whether the weather would be suitable for diving the next day.

We drove straight to the rowing club, to be greeted by the wonderful smell of a barbeque….. starved (and somewhat tired) students (and one hungry professor) leapt on the opportunity to eat! Once gratefully stuffed, we sat down to watch the Hedvig Sophia film. Each group presented our progress to the club, Athena speaking for team Bussard and Fred for team Nordwind.

After a long day and a pleasant evening, we were back at work, processing our data from the day. We needed to be prepared for the next day, as we didn’t know if we would be able to dive. Just in case, we needed to be prepared and know exactly what we had to get to finish satisfactorily. Luckily, the evening of good food (and maybe a few beers) put us in good stead and we didn’t finish too late…

The whole team thanks the Slesvig Rowing Club for their hospitality, not just for this evening but for the three weeks they have been kind enough to house us. We are extremely grateful, as it has made our fieldschool possible –  and we certainly wouldn’t have been quite so comfortable anywhere else!

Sylvia Bates

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