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Geoff Thompson

Scientist Emeritus
Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

I was Chief Scientist on Oceanus Cruise 23 in 1977. We sailed from Barbados to the Cayman Islands to join Lulu and Alvin for studies in the Cayman Trough. I was the only Scientist and only WHOI representative on board, the rest of the scientific staff being made up of students from SUNY Albany NY and from Connecticut College. For most this was their first cruise. We managed to form a very good team of Science Watches for Bathymetric surveying and rock dredging. Without the help of the Officers and crew of the Oceanus this would have been a daunting task at best. However thanks to their expertise and encouragement, coupled with the contagious enthusiasm of the students and their hard work, we pulled off a very successful scientific cruise and recovered many valuable rock samples and data to guide subsequent Alvin dives.

My thanks to all and especially the crew of the Oceanus. Happy sailings and many more successful cruises in her next career.

Geoff Thompson

Last updated: November 16, 2011