I swear, I don’t want to be a nay-saying science crankypants. I want to dream big and have my own submarine and frolic on the Deep Sea News private island hideout. I don’t want to be the lab-coated finger-shaking wench that crushes new ideas before they are even born. But sometimes a girl just . . . → Read More: SeaOrbiter: amazing breakthrough or cool-looking boondoggle?
In 2003 I received the opportunity of a lifetime to go out to sea for the first time on a major zoological expedition. I was merely an undergraduate, but at 24 – having started college a little later in life – I had an edge over many seniors. Namely, a continuous, unbroken thread of failures . . . → Read More: The EPR Chronicles I
Just to be fair to Sea Shepherd, ship launch FAIL’s can happen to anyone. Even megatonne cargo ships! Isn’t she just so chipper! Bonus mega ship launch FAIL compilation below the fold! . . . → Read More: TGIF: Ship Launch FAIL Edition
Enter the Ady Gil (formerly the Earthrace). No, this isn’t the Knight Rider of the harbor. This batmobile of conservation is now the newest member of the Sea Shepherd team, also known as Team Sink-A-Boat-For-Whales. From Sea Shepherd’s press office: Due to its speed capabilities, up to 50 knots, Captain Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd President . . . → Read More: DSN’s 7 Simple Rules for Marine Conservation Expedition Safety
to be reprimanded The quarterdeck at the stern of the ship was officer’s country. A sailor didn’t go there unless he had work to do or if he was being disciplined. A sailor caught in some infraction might be called aft for a Stern Lecture – being balled out by an officer. . . . → Read More: Wednesday Nautical Phrase/Term: Stern Lecture
Through the nifty little Google Earth plugin you can now be the helmsman of your ships. This ship simulation program is a trip and I expect to be wasting hours of my precious time in the near future. I love firing off the ship’s horn. Maybe this is the way that all the unemployed . . . → Read More: Pilot and Captain Your Own Ship
Random military vessel seen from my office. Not sure of the name as it is not printed on the facing side, but my officemate, the Southern Fried Scientist suggests it is a cable layer or other type of workhorse. I just think big ships are cool :) . . . → Read More: Island Views
JOIDES Resolution sailing out Singapore shipyard. Photo Credit: Ocean Leadership The JOIDES Resolution, once workhorse of the deep sea scientific drilling research community, is currently at sea trials following a major overhaul. NSF has a press release, here is a snippet: “This is a long-awaited day for the world of ocean research,” said Robert Gagosian, . . . → Read More: JOIDES Resolution Sails Again!
All good things must come to and end, so they may have a new beginning. And so begins the next chapter in the history of deep ocean exploration… . . . → Read More: TGIF: Deep-sea exploration’s new flagship