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Cruise Log: 8/06/2009    


Liz Baird

Have you ever packed for a trip and thought "Well if I forgot something I'll just have to stop and buy it somewhere?" That logic does not apply when you are packing for a trip at sea - there are no shopping centers in the Gulf Stream!

The science team gathered yesterday - from North Carolina, West Virginia, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Florida and Scotland. Along with their personal gear, they brought literally truck loads of gear - fish traps bigger than the back of a pick-up, equipment stored in crates that have to be lifted with cranes, spools of line, camera gear, computer components, wooden crates of electronics and boxes and boxes of collection containers. All of these have to be loaded on the ship, and organized and stowed to be safe and accessible at sea. Bungee cords and zip-ties are used to strap things down, and whenever possible, supplies are tucked into clearly labeled drawers and cabinets. Of course all the containers used to carry the gear have to be stored as well - empty boxes are hauled to large metal sheds on deck. It is an amazing transformation, from "controlled chaos" to a working lab.

The Seward Johnson sails at 9:00 a.m. and we hope to have our first dive this afternoon. We look forward to hearing from you!

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