Life Aboard Ship

By Iris Clyne

Sep. 28, 1998. Life aboard ship is beginning to fall into routines. Since the ship and the research never stop, everyone has to take different shifts or watches. Watches are 4 hours long so no one gets too tired. I have the 8-12 PM. Not bad, I get to watch the data roll in while the stars are out and still get to enjoy the sunshine observing others. Today was very exciting as we deployed the wax corer for some bottom samples and the Deep Submergence Laboratory (DSL 120) to start sonar data. The core sampling site was the edge of what appears to be a small submerged cone. It was interesting to see the sample was black sand. The petrologists (person who studies the rock samples) says it’s probably from the submarine eruption that formed the cone. Of course the sand will have to be examined in detail before anything is conclusive.

There were some glitches in getting the DSL running. Once it was deployed, they ran into some navigational problems. Not sure what the status is right now. I’ll be part of the first watch if everything gets going. And, it’s that time. Off to do my job....