Waving good-bye

This morning at 07:00 hours, I got to the dock just in time to see the JR throwing off its lines and pulling away from its giant parking spot at Berth 4 of the Townsville Port. Standing with several other non-sailing folks on the dock, we waved good-bye to our ship as she pulled away - with the help of a tugboat and a pilot on board to help her navigate into open water.

And we're OFF!

The JR left port this morning at 7:00 am Townsville time!  Everyone was up on deck to watch the tugs and the pilot boat lead us out of the channel.  It was windy and a bit rainy but that didn't dampen anyone's spirits.  Everyone was taking pictures and videos and some of our Australia colleagues were getting in last minute cell phone calls while they still had a signal.&

Hitting the ground running

Things are off to a great start.  Today was sort of an orientation day.  We learned about how the science party would be grouped and how their work would be organized.  We also had presentations about shipboard life, safety and computer technology.  We found out our lifeboat assignments and went up on deck to make sure we cou

At port call in Townsville Australia

Port calls are exciting times! The JR is parked at Berth 4 in the port of Townsville here in the northeast corner of Australia. People are buzzing all around, coming on and off the ship. Cranes are loading bags and boxes of food and supplies around the clock.

We've made it to Australia!

Sharon and I made it to Townsville yesterday afternoon.  It was my first long plane trip, and to be honest, I felt AWFUL by the time we got to the hotel.  However, a good night's sleep made all the difference.  Everyone here is very friendly, and of course, I love the Australian accents.  We're learning the tricks of Australian English - Sharon ordered bisquits for breakfast

Flat Stanley is packing samples

 Hey kids, I'm packing up the last samples here. See, I even have my own sample bag to take with me. I have packed up my boots and hard hat, too.

This morning we saw an island! One of the scientists on board told me it was part of Papua New Guinea. We're heading to port now. We should be in Townsville, Australia in just a few days.

Flat Stanley Samples

 Takashi Sano:

I am Takashi Sano from the capital city of Japan. Do you know which city I'm speaking of?

I am co-Chief Scientist on this expedition. If you like you can help me with sampling, Flat Stanley. Would you like to take one sample on your own? You can put it in your own sample bag over there.

Flat Stanley:

Crossing the Equator

The JOIDES Resolution is now south of the Equator! We made it! It was a treacherous and terrible stretch, but we successfully navigated our way across the Equator. It took us almost 3 days for this part of the journey to conclude, but by the grace of His Royal Highness, King Neptune himself granted us permission to cross the Equator.

Flat Stanley and the bunk beds

 Oh look, how high I can climb on this ladder, I'm almost there. I think the entire bed is made of metal. Did you see the bar on the upper bed? Do you know what it's good for?

I looked around in this cabin and I couldn't find any window here. So if you turn out the light, it will always be dark in the room. Hmmm, I don't know if I'm brave enough......

Flat Stanley looks into a cabin

 Hey kids,

I heard you want to know where the people here on board sleep?

Here you can see me entering the cabin of two scientists. They are working at the moment so we'll sneak in and have a look around. I see they have a desk where they can work right next to their bunk beds. Maybe I can climb into the upper one.

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