Frame of Reference

Last night I went up on the top deck to get some fresh air and stretch my legs. There was a bit of a swell causing the ship to slowly sway from side to side, even though the movement was being damped by the thrusters roaring below deck. As I climbed the stairs I was aware of my body’s constant adjustment to the rhythmical movement of the ship.

Ship Shape and in Bristol Fashion!

There is a common saying in the UK that comes from a nautical root – ‘everything is ship-shape and in Bristol fashion’! Bristol refers to the City of Bristol that has been an important port for hundreds of years, sitting as it does at the head of the Bristol Channel - a deep and wide inlet between the Cornwall/Devon isthmus and South Wales.

Cups and crayons

After all the excitement of the ‘core on deck’ over the last 24 hours we are now on the move again. The drilling we did was an exploratory core for another expedition still in the planning stage.

What a Difference a Day Makes!

After all the planning, preparation, travel and heightened anticipation we have got to the starting line and we are off! The drill pipe is in place, the seabed survey completed, the drilling has started and at last the core is coming up on deck. It has been arriving from the seabed every hour and a half with a shout of ‘core on deck’ ringing around the corridors.

Camera - DOWN! Core- UP!

“WOAH!” Is all I have to say! (Please do say it like Joey Lawrence does in Blossom… and if that isn’t ringing a bell, give it a quick youtube to enhance this experience)

I must go down the the seas again....

Last night was the last night that we were in transit between Taipei and the drill site. After the rolling waves and buffeting winds of the second day, now the sea was comparatively calm, and the wind was blowing steadily but strongly from behind the ship. The white wake spread out evenly, slowly fading into the still darkness of the empty ocean on either side of the ship.

Exp 350: Week one!

AHOY! I’m Julia DeMarines, one of your two Education Officers onboard the JR and I’m excited to be the interface between ship life and YOU! The science team arrived to port in Keelung, Taiwan on March 31st to meet their new home for the next two months.

The sea is very bumpy today!

 Yesterday the sea was totally calm, like that described in the Tale of the Ancient Mariner. There were no white horses on the tips of waves, just a very gently undulating blue carpet in all directions, and little wind. A sailing craft could well have been becalmed.  Luckily our large diesel generators kept the electric motors pushing us onwards towards our destination.

So long and thanks for all the fish

Our last day of Expedition 349 and we are sailing up the East coast of Taiwan unfortunately somewhat far offshore so that we do not have a view of the spectacular mountains that form the escarpment along the East coast of that island.

Write, Revise and Resubmit

We are now sailing off the southern tip of Taiwan on our way to Keelung and we all acutely aware of the fact that the time is running out for us. Unfortunately the work is not running out just yet because we are still required to read, revise and indeed in some cases complete our reports for the final site before we are allowed to get off the vessel and collapse.

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