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mostly cloudy
Partly Cloudy
72°F (22.2°C)
Latitude: 36° 57'N
Longitude: 61° 35'W
Wind Direction: SSW
Wind Speed: 22 Knots
Sea State: 4
Sea Temperature: 71°F (21.7°C)
Swell(s) Height: 8 Foot
Barometric Pressure: 1010.5 MB
Visibility: Unrestricted

what's to eat

French toast with maple syrup
Grilled ham
Gingerbread muffins

Red beans and ribs soup
Chicken quesadillas
Sloppy Joe sandwiches
Grilled grouper
Homefried rice
Hungarian beans
French fries
Ice cream bars

Beef brisket
Roasted carrots and potatoes with gravy
Filet of sole amandine
Saffron rice
Sauteed cauliflower and snow peas
Pumpernickel bread
Oh Henry bars

Rockin' and Rollin'
June 1, 2003
By Joe Appel

Late Sunday night, we were still heading to the Muir seamount, albeit a little more slowly than we'd originally planned. Swells around 12 feet and gusts of wind above 40 knots led the ship's captain to seal off the deck at 7:30 p.m., and lower our speed to under seven knots.

For the rest of the night, we were confined to watching the ocean's drama through port hole windows. Even without the view, there was no doubt the seas were rough; we all felt it in our bones and our bellies. The traditional evening foosball games found competitors begging for the ship's roll to favor their side.

A day like this seemed like a good one to head below to the engine room, and find out how much power it takes to get through some rough stuff.

1st Assistant Engineer Gary McGrath walked us through the maze of turbines, compressors and tanks. "This is the fullest power we've been putting out since the trip began," he shouted over the roar of the engines. "With 38 knot headwinds and a lot of distance to make up, we need to gun it a bit."

From noon Saturday to noon Sunday, the ship had used 3,700 gallons of fuel. If that sounds like a lot, it is: the average isn't much more than half that.

Although it takes a lot to move a 277-foot research vessel through churning seas, we're lucky to be on RV Atlantis. By all accounts, the boat rides very smooth. But that's hard to hear when the foosball game doesn't go your way.





















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