Taylors in Finland

The Grand Adventure

Mary Ann's Fulbright Exchange to Oulu, Finland
August 2001 - June 2002

Photo Album

Sampo Icebreaker Trip
David Heintz and John 15 March 2002



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Ice sculptures in a Kemi city park. (3108)

David Heintz starts his own photographic record. ( 3115)

The crowd watches as we leave Kemi (Ajos) harbor. (3117)

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The channel behind us. The ice closes up immediately. Reminds me of a frozen daiquiri. (3118)

The portholes offer a great view of the ice (and only the ice). (3119)

The rest of the dinning area. It seats seventy-five at one time so meals may need to be served in two sittings. (3120)

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View out a porthole from the dinning area. (3121)

The Sampo begins to break new ice. (3123)

View of the Sampo's bridge from the bow. (3126)

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David is doing great. We were worried that he might get seasick. (3128)

The snow on top of the ice is pushed ahead. (3129)

The ship relentlessly, and effortlessly, seems to glide over the ice. (3130)

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Watching the ice disappear under the bow is mesmerizing; like watching the surf at the beach. (3131)

I finally see some big chunks break. I had moved back from the bow to where the hull was actually riding onto the ice.  (3132)

There would be silence and then "crack" as another slab was broken. (3133)

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Cannot stop watching. (DH03)

Chart on the wall shows how far we were in Kemi from the Sampo's dock in Ajos. (3137)

The bridge was quiet. This cruise is run four times a week and the crew members know what they should be doing. (3143)

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She looked and walked like an orange-suited Charlie Chaplin. (Sampo02)

John suited up for a dip in the Gulf. (Sampo04)

David gives me the "I'm OK" sign. (Sampo06)

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John floating next to the hull of the Sampo. (Sampo07)

Looking up at the stern of the Sampo from the Gulf of Bothnia. (Sampo10)

David floating next to the ice. (Sampo12)

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You can see the ice-clear area where we float. It will close up within an hour of our leaving. (3149)

The parking lot of snow mobiles the tour group had arrived on. (Sampo25)

Trying to crawl up onto an ice berg. (3153)

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He made it. You can see that although only 10 centimeters of ice is above the water, the ice berg is about 1 meter thick. (3154)

Everyone who wants gets their turn for "swim call". (3155)

David on the ice. The ship is "slotted" into the ice so tight you can walk up and touch the hull. (3158)

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Had to have my photo to show I was there also. (3159)

You can see how the bow curves back so the ship may ride over the ice rather than run into it. (3160)

David checking out the bow. (3163)

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Everyone's gone. (3164)

They back the ship into the harbor for about the last kilometer. (3166)

David is double-checking the skipper's maneuvering as we back down to be alongside the pier. (3168)

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Trusty Volvo wagon waits to take us back to Oulu. There were also ten or twelve cabs waiting for passengers. (3169)

Postcard of Sampo with an overhead view. (SampoPC03)

Postcard of Sampo shows how the bow curves back so the ship can ride onto the ice and break it with its weight. (SampoPC06)


Photos DH## courtesy of David Heintz. Thank you.


Last Update 2002 04 08

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