John Kemp: "I was fortunate enough to be asked to participate
in the initial sea/ice trials for the Healy that were conducted
in Baffin Bay back in 2000. Our mission was to evaluate the ship's
handling equipment and to ensure it was capable of deploying and
recovering moorings in heavy ice and open water conditions. The
demonstrations were a total success. I came away in awe of the ship's
ability to maneuver and the capability the ship has to conduct all
aspects of science at sea."
Dispatch 05 - September 14, 2003
By C. A. Linder
Weather conditions: Overcast skies, 5 kt
winds, 1-2 ft seas, air temperature 32°F
Going to sea is a unique experience. For an oceanographer, it is
an incredible thrill to get a firsthand view of the waters you are
studying. This cruise is exciting in an additional way - we get
to conduct our science from the most technologically advanced icebreaker
in the US fleet. Our science crew members have a wide range of seagoing
experience, from first timer to veteran of 26 years. I decided to
ask them what their impressions were about the first few days of
this cruise. What is perhaps most telling about the quotes
is that each person came up with a different comment.
Rebecca Woodgate: "The size of the ship is amazing --
the lab space and hold capacity are huge. Healy is a floating
Bob Pickart: "This ship is quieter than my house! I
feel like I'm sleeping in a floating hotel."
Daniel Torres: "I love the big screen TV. It makes me
feel at home (although it's not quite as big as mine!)."
Ryan Schrawder: "The crew has been nothing but extremely
helpful and friendly. I would also like to comment on the food,
it has been great. Not too fancy, just right...and tons of things
to choose from."
Christina Courcier: "It is early on but my highlight
for this experience so far remains the aviation- I felt really comfortable
& safe in the chopper on the way out here; it added a new, and extra
thrilling dimension to going to sea for me. I have always been impressed
with the men & women who navigate the ships I have been on in the
past five years with WHOI, but the additional skill and expertise
it takes to pilot the air waves is an impressive package, all in
Val Schmidt: "Clearly the most remarkable detail about
the Healy is how well she rides. You hardly know you're
at sea, at least until the thrusters are engaged."
Andreas Muenchow: "The most amazing feature of the Healy
is the ease with which I can access almost all sensor data both
as screen dumps, ASCII output, or binary data files. I can even
peek from my Mac over the shoulders of the CTD operators, ADCP operators,
etc. all at once from anywhere on the ship. Thanks to Joe DiGiovanni
to keep up with all the networking of the sensors and labs."
Sarah Zimmermann: "The most unusual thing out here has
to be PAGERS! I am used to having telephones on board but a pager
is a completely new way of tracking someone down."
Marshall Swartz: "This ship's size and resources go
far beyond the University National Ocean Laboratory System (UNOLS)
ships I'm used to! Maybe the worst part of the Healy is
that we're getting spoiled."
I'll finish this segment with a great quote from Lisa Munger.
Lisa Munger: "I think the best thing about the Healy
is the crew. Everyone is so willing to help, and even with the latest
and greatest technology I think the human touch is what makes this
As the cruise progresses, I'll be highlighting different aspects of the ship and her hardworking crew, from the engine room to the aloft conn.
We are now steaming north, towards the ice edge. We have successfully
completed a CTD section across Barrow Canyon and redeployed the
University of Alaska, Fairbanks mooring. We are all eagerly anticipating
our first views of the ice.
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