Thursday, May 12, 2011

Life on the Seamans: A Snapshot in Time

The rotating watch schedule ensures that people are always at hand to keep the ship running smoothly, and the decks are seldom not teeming with activity.  The following photos, all taken today between the hours of 10 and 11 AM-10 and 11 hundred hours in nautical speak-illustrate a snippet of this activity: a snapshot of life aboard one of the greatest research vessels to ever grace the waters of the Pacific.

-Lauren Kubiak

In preparation for our daily instrument deployment,
A Watch Team hauls the main sheet.

Adrian Archambault takes a sight with the sextant to determine our location. (Don't worry, we also have GPS on board).

The CTD instrument, deployed by student Laura Cummings
and scientist Annie Scofield, collects water from different
levels in the water column to determine how
salinity, oxygen, and temperature change with depth.

The oceanographic instruments on-and deployed from-the ship
return a wealth of oceanic data.  In the onboard lab,
student Tara Smithee examines bottom (left) and current profiles.

1 comment:

Theresa said...

What a thrill to feel part of this voyage! Thank you for letting us share in the exploration, the poetry (very good, by the way)and getting to know all the 'mates' of the Seamans!

Tere Mendoza