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Ship Tours and My Farewell

When this ship pulls into port, it draws a lot of attention, and tours are plentiful.  The co-chief scientists and I gave two tours - one to the staff and students of the Goedgedacht Trust, the recipients of the marathon money raised, as well as three boxes of donations from generous shipmates, and the second to the University of Cape Town's  Dept.

Land Ho!

My undying gratitude

I owe my entire experience to the co-Chief Scientists, Ian Hall and Sid Hemming.  Were it not for them demanding that an Education & Outreach Officer be included on the expedition, even though the ship was leaving in less than 3 weeks, I would not be here.  I also have to thank the Staff Scientist (our supreme leader!) Leah Levay for putting up with my learning curve.  Of cou

Sea Story #3 = The other rescue

This story comes from Cornelis Van Gelder, one of our crane operators.  He gave me a video to watch, but no photos to post (the one photo here is just of a construction ship he used to work on).

Secrets of the sediment!

One of our scientists aboard the ship, Thibaut Caley, is studying specifically the leakage of water from the Agulhas Current into the Atlantic Ocean.  For the most part, due to various interactions and physical conditions, the majority of the fast-paced, tropical water of the Agulhas gets retroflected back into the Indian Ocean when it gets to the southern tip of Africa.  But there's

Sea Story #2 = The rescue

This story comes from Kevin Greiger, the Operations Superintendent.  On transit after Expedition 312, January 2006, the ship was sailing from Panama to Galveston when it came across a homemade boat that had broken down three days earlier.  Twelve Cubans were onboard with no water left, and a storm on the way.  The JR rescued the 12 men, tried sinking their boat but it got stuck i


World Half Marathon aboard the JR!

Cardiff University press release

For immediate release: Wednesday 23 March 2016

Backlog assistance

With only 8 hours of transit time between our final site and the Cape Town port, it's going to be a challenge to get all the core from the final site processed and packed up before we have to depart the ship.  That means it has been a top priority on this 5 day transit to clear out the backlog from the last two sites, where the water was shallow, core came up every 20 minutes, and there wa

Galley and Stewards

Last, and perhaps most importantly, true happiness lies in a satisfied stomach.  Many people overlook the importance of the galley and steward staff on a ship, but let me tell you, they are key!

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