Equipment arrives at last
Latitude: 20deg 10’ S
Longitude: 57deg 29.8’ E
Wind Direction: E
Wind Speed: 2 Knots
Sea Temperature: 82°F (27.8°C)
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By Amy Nevala
under a blazing sun, we rolled up our sweaty sleeves to
lift, haul and pull 70 tons of equipment on to the Knorr. Throughout
the afternoon, chairs and computers, test tubes and thermometers
found homes in various labs throughout the ship.
long-anticipated science shipment was the last to hit the deck
in mid-afternoon. Team efforts helped to fill the empty decks
with boxes, and once-lonely lab tables with stacks of metal
suitcases and plastic shipping containers. Electric screw drivers
buzzed as equipment came together and inside the ship, ceilings
thumped as the cranes plunked delivery-truck sized metal containers
on the decks.
a zoo out there, confirmed Lori Dolby, cruising through
the main lab with a cardboard box on her way downstairs to
the geology and map making lab.
We will spend this evening and tomorrow unwrapping
equipment in a sort-of science supplies celebration. Its the first time any of us have seen the materials
since the shipments left three months ago from the United States and Europe.
Long checklists itemizing the materials were hauled out to sort supplies among
the dozens of boxes in each lab.
Despite a hot and hurried afternoon on the
ship, the morning allowed for a relaxed start. With supplies
arriving at noon, we explored Port Louis, where the Knorr is
docked for the next three days. Small groups took the water taxi across the
harbor to town to browse the market for spices and silks, then
wander with legions of European tourists through Port Louis new waterfront development.
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