Engineering assistant Christopher Ross splices a "hardeye" (galvanized thimble) into 7/8-inch, 8-strand nylon line in the WHOI rigging shop. After positioning the hardeye, he spliced the rope back into itself--about an hour's worth of work. Ross learned how to splice line from WHOI co-workers such as Rick Trask, Larry Costello, Steven Murphy, Mark Lambton, and Dara Tebo. The line he was working on is destined for use in a mooring in the Southern Ocean.
(Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)