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06/13/2010, 12:17 PM by Lollie Garay

June 13
Lat/Long: 09.4N 052.24W
Air Temp:28.3C 83.12F
Surface Temp:29.7C 85.46F
Salinity: 29.28 psu

We were up around 3:30am today to process samples from a deep CTD cast. As hard as it is to get moving at that hour, once you get on deck and watch the beauty of a new day dawning, everything just falls into place. In the weeks we've spent out at sea, it's easy to understand why people choose "seafaring" careers.

Gary McGrath is one of those people. He’s been working on a vessel since 1983. However, he was quick to point out that it was his brother Jack’s fault that he ended up here! Growing up, he lived right across the street from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and with his brother already pursuing a career at sea, one thing led to another...

Gary is the Chief Engineer onboard the RV Knorr. His career includes work on prepositioned ships and ready reserve fleet ships, as well as working on several WHOI ships. When asked why he chose a career at sea, he replied "It's different every day!".

As Chief Engineer, Gary is on call 24 hrs. and is responsible for the proper operation, maintenance, and inspection of main and auxillary machinery and all electrical, mechanical, and safety equipment. His favorite place? He told me that Iceland and Easter Island were very interesting to visit, but his favorite place is home! Gary is the proud father of a daughter Erin, and twin boys Patrick and Collin.

CommET David Ziskin chose a career at sea for different reasons: economics and an opportunity to learn a trade. Dave is responsible for communication, navigational, and all other electronic systems and has spent about 20 years working on vessels at sea.

On this voyage he’s been instrumental in helping me set-up and operate the underwater camera. Dave and his wife Susan live in Culver City, CA.

So, today could have been just another day of work, work, work- but thanks to the creative imaginations of Deb Steinberg and Victoria Coles we (men and women) were treated to facials using thousand year old mud from the sea! The after dinner “spa time” ambiance was so much fun! You also had the option of neck massages (thanks to Laurie Chong) and painting your nails a hot pink! (only a few takers on that :) Kudos to Deb and Victoria for the laughs and the great time we shared!

We're on our way to retrieve the ARGO float-more news as it happens!


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