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Kudos to the Crew of the R/V Knorr

06/19/2010, 7:07 PM by Lollie Garay
Electrician Russ on his way to work<br/><br/>Credit: lollie garay
Electrician Russ on his way to work
Photo Credit: lollie garay

June 19

Lat/Long: 11.3N 055.25W



We‘ve had a good run on the RV Knorr, with the loss of the air conditioning being the only major event ship-wise that we’ve had to work through. As I said before, the crew has to be commended for rising to every challenge thrown at them! And I am very happy to report that after days of hard work, the AC is back up and running! Thanks Engine Dept!


Russell Adams, Electrician, was one of many people working on that AC. Russ is originally from Slidell, Louisiana, but lives in Macae, Brazil with his wife Dora, a native of Brazil. Russ speaks Portuguese now, but admits he knew nothing of the language before he began work in Brazil and met his wife. Russ worked for many years there on the design, manufacturing and maintenance of a prototype for the SWATH- Shallow Water Area Twin Hull vessel. (The SWATH had 2 bowling pin-shaped pontoons underwater designed for speed with the least amount of hull.) Russ said that his work on the SWATH was one of the most interesting in his career. He began working on research vessels with WHOI in 2004. His most interesting sea cruise? Korea


Oiler Rodney Fry comes from Washington State. One morning as I sat working on a blog, I noticed him working on the floor next to me. I asked what he was doing as I watched him snake a wire tape through a hole in the floor. He explained that he was checking the fuel level in the tanks using a Ulage tape, similar to checking the oil in a car with a dip stick. However, the tape he was using extends to 30-40 ft! The tanks get checked every day and helps them to determine when they need to move fuel to keep the tanks balanced on either side of the ship. If you happen to be in just the right place, you can hear it scratching its way through the tanks.


Trying to catch up with ALL of the crew members proved to be harder than I originally thought, primarily because some of them worked through the night as I slept, or simply because they were busy at their work! But I finally stole a few minutes with the remaining crew members!



Oiler Rogelio Fong is a native of the Phillipines but now lives in San Diego. He worked with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and is on his first cruise on the RV Knorr.


OS Scott Loweth said he grew up on boats and loves being on the ocean. Originally from Connecticut, his family is big on fishing and sailing. He’s been working on the RV Knorr for 2 years. Scott is often seen on deck operating a winch or other machinery during science operations.


OS Brent Sesby is from Alaska and spent many years on a fishing boat there. He admits this warm weather is a welcome change from the cold seas around Alaska!


1st Asst. Engineer Scott DePersis is a hard man to find because he is always busy! I caught him eating dessert after dinner and didn’t want to interrupt his meal any further, but he was gracious enough to let me get a picture of him :)


Oiler Lee Dresselhaus has worked on ships for 20 years. He and his girlfriend live in Palm Springs, CA. He’s worked on the Knorr for 4 1/2 years. Before that he worked with Maersk and the Military Sea Lift command, servicing military ships


3rd Asst. Engineer Joe Bastoni is on his first assignment on the Knorr. He comes from Plymouth, Massachusetts and worked previously on an oil rig for West Cirus.



To Captain Adam Seamans and the crew of the RV Knorr: The science team offers our sincere thanks for working so hard to make this cruise successful!


Safe seas on your next voyage!





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