Alas, like all good things, our expedition has come to an end. It’s been a wonderful experience, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to explore the depths of the Earth from the South Atlantic Ocean. Hopefully you can tell that we’ve also had a lot of fun. Our cruise tshirt design below … More Time to head home!
Line crossing ceremonies are part and parcel of maritime tradition. Sailors who haven’t crossed the equator are mere Pollywogs and those who have are Shellbacks. We surely celebrated our new status and our re-entry into the northern hemisphere in style with a special BBQ party on the muster deck! The guys from the kitchen – Ricky, … More The Shellbacks eye land…
Anyone watch Star Trek? Remember the people that were always tirelessly working and performing miracles in the engine room to ensure the Enterprise wasn’t lost? It’s sort of like that on board the R/V Langseth as well. This expedition would all be for naught if the ship did not stop and go as needed. The … More Looking under the hood
Alexis here! Curious what the rooms are like onboard the Langseth? Here are a few pictures to get the sense of living on a ship. The 6 student watchstanders share one suite that consists of 4 rooms that open into a shared living space (or as Bobby calls it, “The Snake Pit”). Each of the rooms sleep two … More Crest rest
Gail was fortunate enough to have a very special birthday fall in the middle of our expedition. The science party worked very hard to make her birthday a memorable event! We wanted to throw a surprise party with a few of Gail’s favorite things, so she had a Star Trek/cat party! The decorations were … More Birthday at sea!
Once a week the ship will have some type of emergency drill, such as man overboard or abandon ship. Some weeks only the crew is involved (perhaps practicing what to do if there is a fire in the engine room), and other weeks it is ‘all hands’. The first week we had a drill where … More Survival Suit Challenge!
According to Wikipedia’s glossary of nautical terms, a slop chest is ‘A ship’s store of merchandise, such as clothing, tobacco, etc., maintained aboard merchant ships for sale to the crew.’ About once a week Captain Mark opens up the slop chest in case anyone needs an item. All the items fit into one cabinet, but … More The Slop Chest
Alexis here- Like most research cruises, ours is a 24-hour operation. So whether it’s day or night on the Langseth, there’s always work being done. The ship’s crew maintains a 24-hour schedule to keep operations moving, whether it’s upkeep on deck or in the engine room ensuring things are running smoothly. The Captain and his … More Science waits for no one!
Hello everyone! My name is Clint Koch, and I am a first year PhD student at the University of Arizona. My research involves using reflection seismic data to address interesting tectonic problems. I joined this expedition to gain some experience in acquisition and processing of seismic data. I spent the first couple weeks on the … More Seasickness and Sunsets
“First rule on a ship is to never run out of food,” said Eric. Stacey Worman here. This past fall I started a post-doc position at UTIG where my day to day involves using seismic data to map methane hydrate deposits in the Gulf of Mexico. The job marks my … More First rule on a ship…