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August 23, 2007 at 1:06 am #777
Tomorrow I deploy to the R/V Nathaniel B Palmer. I’ve been on the ships before, but only visiting or being transported. This will be my first voyage as a member of the crew. My job will be network admin.
It’s something new for me! It was time to try something different and ship work was one of the last frontiers. Speaking of which… What excites me most about this cruise is that we’ll be going to some very remote areas, places that few people on earth have ever seen: the Bellingshausen Sea and maybe the Amundsen Sea too, off the coast of West Antarctica. If we see ‘Peter I’ island first-hand I think I’ll just croak — It’s been on my dream list for years.
glennAugust 23, 2007 at 4:21 am #7852Been ThereMember
Keep us posted.
Been ThereAugust 24, 2007 at 3:56 am #7853skua77Keymaster
Yes, definitely keep us posted!
In 1989-90 I talked my supervisors into letting me transit from McMurdo to Palmer on the Polar Duke, which was scheduled to visit Peter I Island among other remote places.
Unfortunately, this boondoggle didn’t happen since I needed to stay at Pole until station closing to finish stuff. Plus folks started to figure out that this might be the ultimate boondoggle.
So I had to travel from Pole to Palmer the traditional way via the USA and the home office. Still made it in 14 days!September 16, 2007 at 10:55 pm #7851
I’m in Punta Arenas, Chile. We returned earlier than anticipated because there was a fire in one of the biolab rooms on the NBP. Thankfully nobody was hurt. The fire gutted the one lab room, but the smoke and soot spread through the 00 level of the ship, especially the e-lab and forward and aft dry labs. The e-lab has all the servers and LAN equipment (and my office, naturally), and virtually all of that equipment was coated in soot.
We’ve been in PA for several days now and may be here for a couple more, cleaning up the ship. Most of my time is spent cleaning the soot out of computers. Some work afterwards. Some do not. All are of dubious reliability now, even if they work. It’s a mess.
glennSeptember 17, 2007 at 1:58 pm #7850Been ThereMember
Well it looks like your new adventure got off to less than an ideal start. At least you got to stop by Palmer Station for pizza. Is the science cruise canncelled? I assume so at this point.
Been ThereSeptember 17, 2007 at 4:26 pm #7849
The science cruise has been in limbo for quite a while. The scientists are eager (can I use that word?) to extend the cruise and continue, and most didn’t want to come back PA in the first place. There have been issues.
There was supposed to be a big conference call pow-wow this morning concerning cruise continuation but I haven’t heard the results.
gSeptember 19, 2007 at 10:07 pm #7848
Decision made? The latest schedule is to leave Thursday (Sep 20th) and return at the normally scheduled date, Oct 31.
The ‘Fire Sail’ continues…
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