Cruise Day 63
Speed 17 knots (kts)
Course 180° (S)
Location Bering Sea, ~304nm N. of Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Depth 42 m
GO DEEPER DISCUSSION: (see previous journal for the questions.)
Orcas are the largest member of the oceanic dolphin family.
Our cruise covered a lot of ground last night and today, crossing about half of the Bering Sea in lively waves. Packing up continues in most science areas of the ship as the end of the expedition in Dutch Harbor approaches fast. We originally were going to arrive on Monday morning but now it looks likely that we’ll make port on Sunday night. This is welcome news to many folks who need time in port to finish wrapping everything up for the Healy’s transit to Seattle and final unpacking there in early November.
There’s been a neat tradition all cruise of different ship’s departments making Saturday night dinner, our weekly morale meal. Tonight it was the science team’s turn! Folks brainstormed courses that would be popular and that we could make with the ingredients still left after two months at sea. We ended up with Coq au vin (chicken with wine sauce), macaroni and cheese, grilled corn with onions, steamed rice, fresh dinner rolls, and ice cream cookie sandwiches. Dinner was a hit, and it was fun to help out in the galley making a meal for almost 150 people. Here are a few of the shots I took of our morale dinner- enjoy!
The Healy has vast walk-in refrigerators and freezers for food storage, along with enormous stores of canned goods to replace fresh provisions as they are used up. What did long sailing expeditions do for food prior to the advent of these modern food preservation techniques?
That's all for now. Best- Bill