In 1972, with his career at sea well established, and holding a First Mates’ certificate, he answered an advert for a Second Mate in the British Antarctic Survey.
Interviewed by Captain Tom Woodfield, David was appointed to the small research vessel RRS “John Biscoe”.
David served three years in this vessel, making three seven-month voyages to Antarctica. The ship carried out relief and re-supply for the BAS bases on the Antarctic peninsula, the South Orkney Is. and South Georgia.
With many adventures, this was the most interesting phase of David’s career, and he was sad to leave “Biscoe” to study for his Masters’ certificate in 1975.