Blog Posts Tagged "navigation"

Coming on Site, Old vs. New

Yesterday, we arrived at our second site with little fanfare or excitement, which is a far cry from what it was like in the DSDP days.  With the advent of GPS, determining where a site is and how we stay on site is very different from the early days of drilling. 

A Gold Star or a Big Red Cross

I had really been looking forward to Easter Sunday on this wide expanse of Pacific.  I had often heard about holidays on The JR and this was my opportunity for first-hand experience. 


When you stand outside, on a ship, in the middle of a vast expanse of water, you become completely disorientated because there is nothing in any direction with which to orientate yourself. On land you are nearly always within sight of something notable – a hill, a copse of trees, a road or a church tower – something that can help you to know where you are.

Trust the Thrusters

Charts and Crafts

Last week, I gave you a quick tour of the JOIDES Resolution engine control room, where the ship's functions are monitored and managed. But if the engine control room is the brain of the ship, then surely the bridge must be the brain. Another brain. The ship has two brains, like a stegosaurus.