August 10, 2008
By reading these journals, I hope that you have developed an appreciation for how science is done out here. The sense of scale is hard to imagine--everything is so BIG. The dip nets are Bongos, water sampling is by Rosette, mooring buoys weigh 2500 pounds, holes are made with 10" augers, our arms are replaced with cranes and winches and engines. And all of this is done outside in the Arctic, where both air and water temperatures hover around 0°C (and that is before the wind is taken into account). Decks are slippery, ice is moving, polar bears may be interested and all the while big heavy things, from helicopters to strings of glass balls, are moving around overhead.
Who runs all this equipment? The LSSL Deck Crew. The term Boatswain (abbreviated "Bosun") is an old mariner term used to describe the person in charge of the deck crew. Rico Amamio is the LSSL Boatswain. His crew helps us each and every day.
They run the cranes and winches that bring in the moorings, Rosette, and Bongo nets. They get us into the helicopter to get out onto the ice, and help us out on the ice. They drive the ship, and they make us smile!
Thank you LSSL Deck Crew!