Cruise Day 64
Speed 0 knots (kts) (at port)
Location Dutch Harbor, Alaska
GO DEEPER DISCUSSION: (see previous journal for the questions.)
Prior to on-board refrigeration and before modern canning techniques, ships carried stores of dried and/or salted foods like dried peas, hard-baked ship’s biscuit, salted meats, etc. to eat once their fresh food supplies ran out. Water was a problem as well, with ships having to carry all they needed until opportunities arose to refill barrels from shore or in a pinch during rain storms (catching as much as they could on sails to funnel the rain.)
We made excellent time across the Bering Sea, with strong tailwinds speeding us along much of the way. We are now tied up in Dutch Harbor, the end point of the cruise. We are about 1/2 day early, mainly due to the cancellation of our last few Bering Strait stations. For the last several days the seas have been too high for our sampling operations, so the decision to just steam for Dutch Harbor was a good one. Shifting items to holds and secure places on deck begins next, and we’ll spend tomorrow finalizing things on board. With the full day at dock instead of just the afternoon the tasks should be more relaxed.
We spent 64 days at sea, with land only visible on four of those days (including our departure and arrival.) Our expedition covered over 5000 nautical miles, and spent about half of that time in varying degrees of ice. Over the course of the cruise we saw three other icebreakers, two other Coast Guard cutters (we passed the USCGC Munro today on our way into Dutch Harbor), and three Coast Guard helicopters (Munro’s helicopter came around us a couple of times this afternoon in salute.) We conducted 66 science stations, collecting untold thousands of individual samples and terabytes of data. Our cruise will yield years of study for the 13 principal investigators and their teams that sailed on the 2015 US Arctic GEOTRACES cruise and the rest of the 43 principal investigators associated with this cruise awaiting samples and data at home.
For my part, I posted a new blog entry every day of the cruise along with entries detailing Seattle operations, with this being the 71st entry. To accompany these posts I published 376 photos, which I also made available to the science team on our shared public drive during the cruise. I also have edited 64 videos of different expedition aspects which will be published to the PolarTREC YouTube channel upon my return home, so stay tuned!! For now I’m going to get back into action packing and helping out where I can but this time there will be a stable deck underfoot! Thanks for following along, and keep asking questions if you have them!
That's all for now. Best- Bill