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Some like it Cold!

05/31/2010, 7:38 PM by Lollie Garay
Chief Mate Paul Carty on Watch<br/><br/>Credit: lollie garay
Chief Mate Paul Carty on Watch
Photo Credit: lollie garay

Lat/Long: 06.59N 045.015W
Air Temp: 28C 82F
Surface Temp: 28.7C 83.6F
Salinity: 35.44

Our day (Tish's team) "began" shortly after midnight after a deep cast of the CTD. Samples were brought up from depths of 1000M. The water we processed had to be kept cold and processed quickly to preserve the psycrophyllic bacteria in it. These cold-loving organisms live deep in the ocean and don't like the warm, tropical environment above them. So as soon as  water samples were drawn from the CTD, they were put into ice and the processing was done quickly to get them into cold storage. By 2am they were (hopefully) happy again in the cold lab.

For the last three years I've had the good fortune of being at sea doing science . Each voyage has had a different purpose but the one constant in all of them has been the beauty (and fury) of the sea. Gazing out at the open ocean that surrounds us is humbling and inspiring. And while the only perspective we have is of the surface, it staggers the imagination to think of what lies beneath!

For a lot of people on the ship, the sea IS home. Talking with them I sense the draw that the sea has for them through their stories. Chief Mate Paul Carty has been at sea for more years than he can remember and on a WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) ship for 16 years. As Chief Mate Paul assumes responsibility of the ship in the absence of the Master (Captain) and is head of the Deck Department. A former Hockey coach, Paul loves to travel and to write. His favorite voyages have been to Greenland (loved the tension of maneuvering through the ice as well as the wildlife) and to the Straits of Magellan. When Paul leaves the ship, he'll begin driving cross-country for a national drum and bugle corp, something he's done for several years and really enjoys.

Second Mate Jen Hickey is the designated ship's navigation officer and is a watch officer in the Deck Department. As navigation officer she plots the voyage track and provides the Master with all navigational information for transit routes, as well as insuring that all electronics, navigational and alarm systems and lights are in good working order.

Third Mate is Bree Ogden a graduate of the California Maritime Academy. She has worked on the Knorr since February of this year. Bree said that growing up near the beach in California instilled a of love water and the sea.  Bree' is the designated safety officer and is a watch officer in the Deck Department. She's had two great adventures already- a three month cruise to Greece and  mooring trip to the Agulhas current off the southeastern and southern coast of S. Africa. ( the Agulhas current is one of the world's strongest currents with speeds up to 2.3 km/hr or 1.4mph). Bree also revealed that she is one of the ABC triplets - her sisters are Ashly and Carlee!

Bosun Pete Liarikos said he's been at sea all his life. He was a commercial fisherman for 20 years before he went to work for WHOI 11 years ago.  Pete supervises all unlicensed Deck Department personnel and all over-the-side work, including the handling of scientific equipment.He's also responsible for assuring the proper use of equipment and scientific gear.Pete is a Red Sox fan and loves to fish. His favorite place to go was the Seychelles Island in the Indian Ocean, calling it absolutely beautiful.

Able Seaman maintain interior and exterior spaces and deck equipment and operate the machinery during the loading of stores and scientific equipment.

There are three Able Seamen onboard the RV Knorr. AB Susan Coleman has been working on a ship for 4 years. She says she loves the variety every day brings- no two days are the same. Originally from Ireland, she calls Australia home. Susan said her favorite cruise was to Greenland because of all the incredible ice she saw.

Her favorite thing to do when she's not on a boat is to cook!

AB Wayne Hinkel has been going out to sea since 1974. His favorite place is the San Francisco Bay area. Wayne is also (according to his mates) a fantastic chess player. He admits he loves the game and is looking forward to playing the chess circuit  in Florida after this cruise.

AB Karl Wagner is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He came on board the Knorr two months ago in S. Africa but has been working on a ship for 21/2 years. He also enjoys playing chess!

Look for more posts coming soon on the ship's  crew!

Happy Memorial Day :)

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Question of the Day

  • Do the bacteria in the water make us sick?

    Only a few of them.  Bacteria are in every habitat on Earth, growing in soil, hot springs, radioactive waste, water, as well as in organic matter and the live bodies of plants and animals. Bacteria recycle nutrients, with many steps in nutrient cycles depending on these organisms, such as nitrogen fixation.