Day 7

Day 7 (28° 52.000’ N , 89° 30.000’ W): As we work off the Atchafalaya region of the cruise, a long steam during the change of watch allotted for a needed extra two hours of sleep for the night watch. During the day watch an equipment malfunction lost 4 of the core tubes to the bottom. During 24/7 operations certain unforeseen events are inevitable especially when at sea. The tubes were replaced by the time the night watch began at 0200. We sailed through the night box coring and conducting GUST experiments. Long steams allowed for the GUST experiments to be done right as we arrived at each station and allowed for catch up work on sub samples. This also allowed Preston and Kyle to learn more about the other operations such as x-radiography analysis and its applications. Inexplicably, a pull up contest between Preston and Dr. Walsh happened 0430. Dr. Walsh won with four, though it’s been only a few months since Preston’s extensive hand surgery and he was still recovering. The hulk-like strength of Preston’s overcompensated left hand and upper body came through hard for a tie under handicap. Yes, in case you were wondering the contest used golf handicap rules for sports injuries. The low numbers account for the lack of a bar and just half a plank to rest your finger tips on. Well played, Dr. Walsh. With only a few days left to work we continue to be smothered and covered in muck like Waffle House hash browns; a sure sign that we are working hard. The crew of the R/V Cape Hatteras has been extremely accommodating and reasonable to the inordinate amount of sediment and dirt on the decks. The general consensus amongst the scientists is that other ships’ crews are much less accommodating. So a special thanks goes to the crew of the Cape Hatteras.