August 27, 2006
Meanwhile, Captain Andrew McNeill, Chief Officer John Jenner, Helicopter Pilot Chris Swannell, and Helicopter Technician Rob Locke meet with several of us who will be working on the ice in the near future to deploy buoys or make measurements. Some of the chemists spend time catching up on their backlog of samples, others in the science party process data, and some just take a break. Later a group of the scientists meet to show and discuss some of our preliminary results from the data already acquired during this cruise. The variety and quality of the observations is impressive, and the preliminary findings are exciting, although it will take many more months of analysis to completely understand the information.
Since it is Sunday, several members of the science party will be honored by being invited to supper in the Captain’s Wardroom (which is normally not used during the week). This week, it is the turn of the WHOI mooring group, along with Mary Steele and Jane Eert from IOS to dine in style with the Captain, Chief Officer, Chief Engineer Donald Stortts, Logistics Officer Bill Brocklebank, and Cook Paul Devlin. Keeping with tradition, everyone dresses in their best attire. Drinks are had before the meal, followed by wine and an absolutely exquisite 5 course dinner. Good people, stimulating conversation and fine food make for a most pleasurable evening. Civilization flourishes even in this remote region of the Arctic.