NOAA Teacher at Sea
Aboard NOAA Ship Delaware II
July 25 — August 5, 2011
Mission: Clam and Quahog Survey
Geographical Area: North Atlantic
Date: July 30, 2011
Weather Data from the Bridge
Location: Georges Bank off the New England coast
Longitude: 68 00.801 W
Conditions: Cloudy today, somewhat cooler but with sun most of the day
Science and Technology Log
This being the beginning of a new month we all did our safety drills on August 1 – that means everyone, including all the crew. First we did the fire drill then the “Abandon ship” drill where we had to put on our “gumby” suits in one minute. I did much better this time! We’ve moved away from the New York-New Jersey coast and are now on the Southern Georges Bank. We ran into a problem this morning when the cable that runs the pump for the dredge got tangled around the dredge during one of the drops.
It necessitated cutting the cable that was twisted around the dredge then reconnecting it. The cable itself is a series of copper wires twisted into 6 coils, surrounded by a neoprene “skin”, then surrounded by a Kevlar sleeve, and finally a synthetic woven casing. It will take somewhere of 6-8 hours to repair the cable during which time we cannot do any dredging. I’m going to use the down time to introduce you to some of the crew here on the Delaware II.
There are three groups of workers: the NOAA Commissioned Corps which run the ship, the crew members who perform day-to-day work on board, and the science crew who are responsible for performing the scientific experiments for each expedition. The NOAA Commissioned Corps on the Delaware II consists of the Commanding Officer (CO), LCDR Richard Hester, Executive Officer (XO), LCDR Sean Cimilluca, LT Fiona Matheson in charge of operations, ENS Shannon Hefferan, the Navigations Officer, and ENS Carl Noblitt, Junior Officer.
I interviewed Ensign Hefferan and asked her how she got into the NOAA Commissioned Corps and what her job was like. I’ll be posting that interview once we are back in Woods Hole since internet connections are not that good out at sea.
I would be remiss if I didn’t give credit to our outstanding cooks on the Delaware II. Both of the men who work in the galley do an amazing job. Other than the first day I haven’t made it for breakfast but lunch and dinner have been wonderful.
We’ve had everything from BBQ chicken, lasagna, a full turkey dinner, scallops, shrimp, and lots of different kinds of fish. Besides all that, they cook vegetables that even my husband might eat and he won’t eat anything but a baked potato! They feed all 30 of us every day and it’s a good thing we work so hard otherwise I’d definitely have to be dieting when I get home!