Safety First!

Coring is dangerous work, but that’s what we went out there to do. So we took precautions and made sure everyone was safe, even in the middle of tricky situations. It’s so common a phrase, but Safety First is vitally important when you’re in a dangerous business. You’ll notice in the action shots of the...

The Bridge and its Crew

The bridge crew, composed of three mates and the captain, have finished docking us. They got one final flurry of excitement before the rest of the team settles in to unload. During the cruise, the bridge crew had a little less excitement for the most part, but an incredibly important and constantly shifting job nonetheless....

Back in Port

Well, that’s it. That’s the end of the CROCCA-2S research cruise. We pulled into port at 0730, half an hour early because we completed our survey ahead of schedule. We were all amused by the giant structures that didn’t move. It feels very strange indeed not to be rolling around on the ocean anymore. We’ve...

Almost there…!

After being beaten up by the wind and the waves for the last 4 days it has finally laid down out here.  Yesterday really was the worst of the cruise in terms of discomfort. It’s not just how hard the wind blows but where on the ship it’s coming from – we’ve been lucky so...

Gingerbread Ships and Marine Canyons

Sometimes you’re just too tired to take full advantage of a little R&R. We didn’t really have enough gingerbread to make two R/V Thompson’s, so the two watches combined their focus to make one complex, beautiful ship. It’s not for us to eat – the Thompson sails for Durban, South Africa just before Christmas. The...

30 knot winds and 4 to 6 meter seas.

We are heading home—Still.  It is nearly 5 days steam from our last sampling site to the final multibeam survey we have to do. It is still almost a day away. The routine has definitely changed from what we have been living the last nearly 40 days.  Routine is one of the aspects of being...

A Little Rest & Relaxation

As we steam our way to our final survey and things start to get packed up, we start to have a little more free time. Some of us have decided to sleep a little longer, but there’s a lot of fun stuff to do when you’re up. And now that the watches have changed to...

Making the long run home… but we are not done yet!

Not done yet! We have a date and we can’t be late. One thing that doesn’t change is that every cruise has to have an end point. We have to be in port at 8 am on Dec 19. Before that we have to be at the pilot point pick up at 6 am that...

The End of the Sampling

The sampling part of science officially ends today. That’s it – that’s our last dip over the side, the last sample we take. We’re done. Sort of. Certain experiments are still running – Vince and Ryan are still sampling some surface water – and data is still being logged and re-checked. We’re also conducting a...

Our last Jumbo Piston core

We did our final Jumbo Piston Core (JPC) yesterday. In the end it was a success, but the process was rather epic. The corer went over without a hitch (our team is well oiled by now) and the hit on the bottom looked good and the pullout was like butter (just as we had hoped)....