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It's Cheese O'clock Time

06/01/2010, 4:32 PM by Lollie Garay
Steward Felix is all smiles!<br/><br/>Credit: lollie garay
Steward Felix is all smiles!
Photo Credit: lollie garay

June 1
LAT/LONG: 05.56N 50.46W
Air Temp: 28.7C 83.7F
Surface TemP :30.1C 86.1F
Salinity: 32.68

It’s Cheese - O’clock!

Some people have tea time- we have cheese and cracker time, everyday at 3pm. So its been coined “cheese o’clock” time!

And today, it’s hats off for the crew in the galley! If you want happy people on a ship, then you have to feed them well. And we DO get fed well! Steward Felix Wharton has 32 years of experience as a cook and a baker. Felix began working on schooners at the age of 14 at his home in Trinidad and has worked on Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian vessels. He also worked for ARCO and Conoco/Phillips. This is his first time working on the RV Knorr, and I’d say he’s enjoying it because he always has a smile on his face! Felix has family still in Trinidad and in Ferndale WA. His favorite place to visit is South America.

Cook Erik Marlowe is also on his first voyage on the Knorr. Originally from Puerto Rico, he started working in his uncle’s restaurant and realized he liked working with his hands and creating dishes. Erik attended the Seafarers Harry Lumberg School of Seamanship and has been working at sea for 7 years. His favorite voyage has been to the Carribean because he was able to visit with family there. Erik enjoys traveling and meeting people which makes him a great fit as a ship’s cook!

Messman Thomas Leong is from Orange CA. He got interested in working on ships because his dad was in the Merchant Marines and he had friends who worked on ships. His experience comes from working on tankers in Alaska. Thomas said he likes the feeling of family he feels on this voyage- everyone working and spending time together. His favorite place? - Saipan with its beautiful beaches.

Yesterday we were out in deep ocean and had a full day of sampling. Right after the last cast of the CTD, we began steaming toward our next station and into a nice sunset.

Our transit plans have changed and we are heading back to French Guiana.


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