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Latitude: 0 deg 45.1'S
Longitude: 90 deg 17.8W
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Speed: 11 Knots
Sea State 1
Swell(s) Height: 2-4 Foot
Sea Temperature: 85.8°F (29.8°C)
Barometric Pressure: 1010.6 MB
Visibility: 12 Nautical Miles
Cheeseburgers and Fries
Salmon with Tamari
Corn and Beans
Broccoli and Cauliflower
Cheese Cake and Ice Cream
Heading outat last!
May 24, 2002
by Lonny Lippsett
Like all oceanographic voyages, this one was planned months ago. You
know how hard it is to get the car gassed up, everything packed,
and everyone ready and out of the house and into the car? Well,
imagine getting scientists from all around the country and all
their scientific equipment to a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean
to meet a big, world-traveling research ship. It was all arranged
to happen on April 13 from Puerto Ayora in the Galápagos
But a few weeks before, the motors of our research ship, RV Atlantis, unexpectedly
needed repair. It happens to cars, and it can happen to big ships.
Cars are somewhat easier to fix, however. Two holes had to be
cut in Atlantis stern deck and the motors, weighing
several tons each, were lifted out. They were fixed, returned
through the holes, and the deck was welded shut. It took about
a monthwhich completely threw off Atlantis' tight schedule
of research cruises.
Jon Alberts, ship scheduler at Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution, had the very difficult job of contacting the hundreds
of people who were affected by the delay. And he had to arrange
a new schedule that wouldn't disappoint scientists who had waited
months to go on cruises.
In the end, a few scientists shortened their
cruises and two cruises were delayed until next year. Most everyone
else remained in line to use Atlantis and Alvinbut
six weeks later than expected. A lot of people changed a lot of plans.
Dan Scheirer, a Brown University geophysicist
who will help make seafloor maps, wasnt even scheduled to come. Dan Fornari, a Woods Hole marine geologist,
called him up a few weeks ago to see if he could take the place of another scientist
who was originally signed up for the cruise in April, but could not make it now.
Similarly, Lara Kemper, a Woods Hole graduate student, signed on a few weeks
ago to replace another originally scheduled technician who was committed to go
on another cruise in May.
Stace Beaulieu, a Woods Hole biologist, was surprised
last Thursday when she was asked to replace another scientist who
was injured in a motorcycle accident. On Tuesday, Stace was on
a plane to South America.
Susan Humphris, a Woods Hole geochemist, had
planned to piggyback last month's cruise with a vacation to the
Galápagos. She had already bought her tickets
and took her vacation in April. Now she is back again.
Bob Collier, a geochemist at Oregon State University,
and Anna-Louise Reysenbach, a microbiologist at Portland State
University, had carefully arranged for colleagues to teach their
classes while they were away in April. They had to work out new
arrangements. Anna-Louise will try an experimentteaching her classes via
e-mail from the ship.
Craig McLean, Director of National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration's Ocean Exploration Program, which is
funding this cruise, unpacked a bar of soap from a Paris hotel
when he arrived onboard. He had traveled directly from an oceanographic
meeting in Paris, to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and then
to the Galápagos. I
had to pack for all three trips up front," he said. "I thought I would
have a chance to enjoy my slides from Paris before shipping out again.
But the delay was a blessing in disguise for
Tim Shank, a Woods Hole biologist. The cruise was originally scheduled
to end on April 25the due date of Tims
second child. This will be Tims first cruise as Co-Chief Scientist, and he was caught between two mighty obligations.
As it turned out, his daughter Calista was slightly delayed, too. She arrived
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