The real heroes …

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Robert on 08-08-2009

We have shared some of the science and certainly some of the views of the ocean. But the ship’s crew and professional staff make our work possible. We are a team, as we live and work together at sea. It’s hard to know where to start – perhaps at the TOP …
TheBridge The Bridge changes the watch. Captain Rick briefs 2nd Mate Toni as AB Patrick keeps us all pointed where we need to go.

DoghouseComposite AB Doug stands by in the DogHouse (winch and crane control) and helps us lower the CTD water sampler to the seafloor.

DoSiDo in MarTech Office The Marine Technician’s office is always a hub of activity … a line for an ethernet cable or a square dance (see Video at 11).

GalleyCrew Jockie and John have the most stressful job on the ship – feeding your friends 3-times/day, 24/7. But their constant smiles show their pride and good humor – surely needed to care for this shipload of misfits (speaking for myself, of course).

EmptyLab SO, if I say we are working so, so hard, WHERE IS EVERYONE (is it a movie? a whale on the rail? is it a Fire and Boat drill?) …

TheMess But of course! It’s dinner time.

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DG on 8 August, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

Lovely to see some introductions – the whole family enjoys this. thanks Robert. And you maties aren’t the only researchers out on the briny this month. You Tube, TED, the BBC, Facebook, PBS, and Twitter are offering videos of the Kaisei Project and SEAPLEX, the voyages to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. So cool to have science out front where we can watch some of it.

DG on 8 August, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

And boy does that food look good!

DG on 9 August, 2009 at 10:21 am #

“At three o’clock Eastern Standard Time on September 22, 1932, a fair part of the world sat breathless beside the radio, straining to hear the voice of William Beebe speaking from a cramped position in his tiny bathysphere nearly half a mile beneath the surface of the ocean. As ship and radio crews and apprehensive colleagues watched, Beebe and the sphere’s designer, Otis Barton, had been lowered on a fragile tether over the side of their ship and down, through infinite gradations of translucent greens and blues, into the pitch-black depths, where they hoped to view the life of the deep ocean for the first time. Through a thick window of fused quartz, Beebe glimpsed unearthly creatures with strange shapes and ghostly lights, deep-sea animals totally unknown to the science of his day.”

The Remarkable Life of William Beebe, by Carol Grant Gould. Published 2004.

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