Yesterday, I attended an event in downtown Charleston but not before noticing an unusual cruise ship docked at the port. It was one I hadn’t seen before in Charleston but I was lucky enough to find out that this ship was coming from Greenland and heading to Antarctica! Wow!
The ship was smaller than the ones that usually dock at our port, so I was intrigued as soon as I saw the ship with ports of call painted on the sides in big, huge letters. As I was standing and looking at it, I noticed a gentleman taking pictures of the ship and asked if he knew what type of ship it was. Well, he happened to be one of the crew and filled us in. The ship was the Fram from Norway. It had started its journey in Greenland and was traveling along the east coast with a destination of Antarctica with plenty of port stops along the way. He said the whole trip would take 88 days! How cool! The ship’s hull is made from a “rubber” type material that would helps when it travels through channels with icebergs and more. It’s a cruise/research ship, and the entire thing fascinated me. I’d never seen a ship like this! I will be keeping in touch with Jaypee, my new photographer friend, and will share some of his pictures as his adventure continues.
Have you ever thought of cruising to Antarctica? I think that would be an adventure of a lifetime! Hey – that sounds like it would make a good novel! Ideas are churning now!