Challenging Habitat

We are celebrating the 250th birthday of Luke Howard, the man who named the clouds. Besides studying languages, pharmacy and natural sciences, he was an ‘amateur’ meteorologist. The Royal Meteorological Society is marking his contribution to the field with an article in their journal Weather and holds many of his watercolour studies of clouds, which are presented and discussed in more detail in the Science Museum Group Journal.

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As our first Scientist in Residence with language as research focus, Esther explores our interactions with the sea and how our language relates to them. She sees the point of connection as: “science and literature are both rooted in communication” and this chimes with my view that everything we do has an element of communication, verbal or otherwise.

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It was an early start for six A-level students from Lipson Co-operative Academy. We departed by coach at 2 am to reach Bristol airport for a (much delayed) flight to Dublin, where we boarded the Pelican of London at midday.

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Seas Your Future generously reserved a berth for science on each voyage in the summer 2022. This enabled me to recruit young and aspiring scientists, mainly students of relevant degree courses, to work as Scientist in Residence on board the Pelican of London.

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The 50th Bristol Harbour Festival was great fun: after a couple of years of COVID19 -induced absence, it returned with a wide range of activities, music and events for all ages.

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On Pelican of London, we have weighed anchor and are on our way from the Isle of Man to Dublin Bay.

Soon we’ll set sails and our progress will depend on nature’s forces. There is beauty in that and applying the skills, experience and strength of the ship’s crew to harness the wind. A metaphor for life.

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Recently, I attended a cetacean identification course with Orca (highly recommended!) and it featured stunning videos of dolphins and whales.

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I’m at sea aboard Pelican of London with 23 young sailors who share my interest in science and technology.

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Back in January, Seas Your Future facilitated a fantastic opportunity for six young Scientists in Residence to carry out research project during a 12 day voyage on the Pelican of London along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Here you can find out what they discovered:

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My work with Seas Your Future gives me the privilege to sail the tall ship Pelican of London with some fabulous people.

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