Friday, June 10, 2011

Reunion of the shifts

9th June

Today was the last day of science on cruise NBP1103.  Although tinged with the sadness that accompanies the end of such an exciting trip, it turned out to be a fantastic day for the reunion of the day shift and the night shift.  Friends and colleagues that I hadn’t really seen for the past month, including my cabin mate, were suddenly working side-by-side with me.  The day started, for me, with a slightly earlier breakfast (in order for me to adjust to a normal working day) followed by processing with Andrea some water brought up by the Tow Cam.  Then, just before lunchtime (confusingly, what used to be my breakfast time… sigh…), the final trawl of the cruise was recovered and the whole science team headed out to the sunny back deck.  I was delighted to be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Eric, Sebastian and Michelle, night shift biologists, picking through the trawl material.  It was fun being able to chat to MTs Stian and Mark, who I normally only get to make fun of for a few minutes each day.

So, now the sample collection is over, the hard work starts: preparing and packing the samples and equipment.  Fortunately, we’ve all been really organized (cough cough) throughout the cruise and mostly have been documenting and packing away samples as and when we could.  Now, it’s just a matter of deconstructing the labs that were so carefully prepared a month ago – packing away water filters, washing sieves, counting spare sediment core tubes, and boxing up apparatus.  We also have to prepare an official report for the cruise, featuring contributions from the whole science team.  I’m certain the short transit back to Punta Arenas will fly by…

By Kate

PS: June 10th is a very special day…. It’s Rhian’s birthday… soooooo…. One, two, three…

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday dear Rhiaaaaaaan!!!!!
Happy birthday to you!

Weather: temperature 37 ºF, windchill 10 ºF, wind speed 10-20 knots and increasing, sunny!


Stian and Mark recover the kasten core last night.  The kasten core is a heavily weighted metal tube designed to recover intact sediments from the seafloor (K. Mohamed Falcon).
Rhian and Laura having an executive meeting in the dredge box.
Everyone, day and night shifts, waiting for the final trawl to be recovered… spirits and hopes were high!  (R. Waller).
Recovery of the last trawl of the cruise this morning.  The trawl brought up corals, sponges, bivalves, echinoderms, as well as fossils.  Everyone was happy!  (A. Margolin).

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