The Bridge over a Ridge

Hi there. Today, Clint and I (John) took a tour of the bridge, and thought we would share with you what we saw.

DSC_0676.jpg Currently on shift: 2nd Mate Mason [right], along with AB (Able Seaman) Josh [left] and OS (Ordinary Seaman, or “Outstanding Seaman” is his words) Aaron [center]. They each work a total of 8 hours a day on two 4-hour shifts from the “office” with the best view on the ship.

 

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First, we were shown the main control center, where the ship is steered. Various screens display pertinent information, such as location, speed, and heading (what direction we are going), and the radar (screen on the far left) tells us if there is anything in our path.

 

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The two levers on top the grey ball control the speed of the ship. Rather than change the rotations per minute, the speed is altered by changing the pitch (angle) of the propeller to increase or decrease the thrust produced.

 

 

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Gone are the days of the massive wooded wheel to steer the ship. Now, the ship is steered using these two dials.

 

 

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The ship even has windshield wipers, controlled by this panel.

 

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Mounted above the control panel, there is a wind speed indicator, along with various radios for communicating with other ships that we may encounter (especially important so we can tell them to steer clear of the 12km streamer we are towing).

 

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As a backup, there is still a magnetic compass in case we lose our GPS connection. It is mounted above the bridge, and can be viewed by looking through a series of mirrors in the silver tube hanging from the ceiling.

 

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This computer screen displays the navigation for the ship, showing us where we are and where we are (planning on) going.

 

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There are two other control stations in addition to the main- one on the port and one on the starboard. Either of these stations can “take control” from the main station, allowing for enhanced visibility on one side when maneuvering in special situations, such as during OBS recovery.

 

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A close up of the compass shown in the previous picture.

 

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A panel displays all of the controls and alarms throughout the ship, so the bridge is always aware of what is happening, especially in the case of an emergency.

 

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In the middle of the bridge, there is a map table where the ship’s course is still plotted by hand throughout the day. The red light is used at night in order to preserve their night vision.

 

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Back when we were doing OBS operations, the bridge was a prime spot to go and try to spot the instruments floating in the water during recovery.

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To commemorate our bridge visit and crossing the ridge, and because he is getting quite delirious after 6 weeks at sea, Clint wrote a song to the tune of “A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea”:

“There’s a ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge in the middle of the sea

There’s a boat on the ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a boat on the ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge in the middle of the sea

There’s a CREST on the boat in the ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a CREST on the boat in the ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge in the middle of the sea

There’s a fest with the CREST on the boat in the ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a fest with the CREST on the boat in the ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge in the middle of the sea

There’s a bridge near fest with the CREST on the boat in the ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a bridge near fest with the CREST on the boat in the ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge in the middle of the sea

There’s a fridge on the bridge near the fest with the CREST on the boat in the ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a fridge on the bridge near the fest with the CREST on the boat in the ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge in the middle of the sea

There’s a smidge on the fridge on the bridge near the fest with the CREST on the boat in the ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a smidge on the fridge on the bridge near the fest with the CREST on the boat in the ridge in the middle of the sea
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge
There’s a ridge in the middle of the sea”

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3 thoughts on “The Bridge over a Ridge

  1. Who is this song writer who just won my admiration? All great adventures need a commemorative song!
    Oh! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, to all the CRESTIES!
    Sail On, Mates! ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. Nice boat 🙂 Thanks for sharing the information and all the excellent photos! I am still amazed by all the different technologies involved in this most wonderful odyssey……. Safe travels……

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