My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.
A huge chunk of the Petermann glacier in Greenland finally arrived off the north-east coast of Newfoundland in the summer of 2011. By then it was 58 square kilometres – larger than the island of Bermuda!
Local people in St. Anthony said they’d never seen anything like it. The sea water off northern Newfoundland is warmer than in Labrador and Arctic waters (rising from 1 to about 4 degrees celsius in summer time), so as the iceberg was carried south the huge ice island began to break up into hundreds of still enormous icebergs.
I was fortunate (or unfortunate – stopped by transmission problems) to be there at the time. These were some of the sights: