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SOS: Sounds on (the) Ship

By Rick Keil

The Secondary Maxes playing tunes on a crazy Friday evening of sampling.

The Secondary Maxes playing tunes on a crazy Friday evening of sampling.  From left; Anna, Emily, Bary, Rick, Osvaldo and Chloe.

The Nathaniel Palmer is a very loud ship.  Engines, generators, pumps, hydraulics, computers, etc; everything aboard ship seems designed to make noise.  Apparently when the ship was built they saved money by eliminating things like mufflers or noise-dampening panels. Profit over comfort…  Anyway, I hear it is even louder when ice breaking, but we are in the more tropical latitudes so all we hear is the sound of the engines and not the sound of crunching ice.  Many of us have taken to covering our ears when moving about certain spaces on the ship, and there are at least four different brands of ear protection available.  Turns out that I favor ‘Skull Screws’.  They effectively tune out the ship and let my tinnitus be the only sound that annoys me.

Luckily, not all the sounds aboard ship are annoying.  Most of our lab spaces have small stereos set up, and Cal in particular can often be found cranking out some good loud tunes.  Conversations are welcome sounds; people sharing jokes, science or just the joys of being at sea.  This is a friendly bunch aboard ship, and it is nice to hear all the happy chatter.

Jaqui on guitar and vocals.

Jaqui on guitar and vocals.

The best sounds aboard ship are found late at night in the wet lab.  Every second or third day a rotating set of us have been assembling to pick up instruments and play songs.  We have created an informal band named The Secondary Maxes (so-called because we are searching for secondary nitrite and chlorophyll maximums).  Several people aboard ship are very adept at guitar, with special shout-outs to Ger, Osvaldo, Bary and Gadiel.  Each one specializes in some sort of amazing guitar sound, and each has an interesting history.  Ger can change chords like nobody’s business and he has an amazing ability to pick up tabs and play a song perfectly the first time.  One time, perhaps many years ago, he was a singer of children’s songs; our on Raffi right here aboard ship.  Osvaldo seems to have the entire repertoires of Jim Croce and Cat Stevens in his fingers.  This is quite fun for me, but none of the young kids (by definition: anyone under 40) know any of the songs!  Imagine that…  Somewhere the education system is failing us.  Gadiel is good at Spanish guitar and Bary can play lead on most songs from the 1960’s with an apparent specialization in the Ventures and other surfer music.

The band also has 3 ukuleles and a keyboard.  People have been switching between these smaller instruments but special awards out to Jaqui for her multitude of talents on keyboard and voice, Emily for her instinctively good chord changes, Erwin on maracas, Chloe for ukulele strumming, Nick for his keyboard wizardry and Anna for so quickly learning her first ukulele tune “Noodling in G with Turnarounds”.  After seeing so much talent aboard ship, I realized that my guitar and ukulele skills were of limited use, so I made a bass out of a broom handle and a 5 gallon bucket.  Thus, I am the unofficial band beat-keeper.

Me on guitar.

Me on guitar.

What song are we best at?  “The Cups Song” (You’re going to miss me when I go”).  Almost everyone in the band has learned to play the cup-clapping sequence; you should come aboard ship and see us play sometime!  Tickets are free.

El Nathaniel Palmer es un barco muy fuerte. Motores, generadores, bombas, sistemas hidráulicos, computadoras, etc, todo a bordo del barco parece diseñado para hacer ruido. Al parecer, cuando se construyó la nave se guardan dinero al eliminar cosas como silenciadores o paneles de amortiguación del ruido. Me han dicho que es aún más fuerte cuando se rompe el hielo, pero estamos en las latitudes más tropicales tan sólo se oye el sonido de los motores y no el sonido del crujir del hielo. Muchos de nosotros hemos tenido que cubre los oídos cuando se mueve sobre determinados espacios de la nave, y hay por lo menos cuatro marcas diferentes de protección auditiva disponible. Resulta que estoy a favor de “Los tornillos del cráneo. Se eliminan eficazmente el barco y dejar que mi tinnitus sea el único sonido que me molesta.


Bary and I laying down some surfer music.

Bary and I laying down some surfer music.

Por suerte, no todos los sonidos a bordo del barco son molestos. La mayoría de nuestros espacios de laboratorio han establecido pequeños equipos de música, y Cal, en particular, a menudo se puede encontrar el arranque de algunas buenas melodías fuertes. Las conversaciones son sonidos de bienvenida, la gente compartiendo bromas, la ciencia o simplemente las alegrías de estar en el mar. Se trata de un grupo muy amigable a bordo del barco, y es agradable escuchar toda la charla feliz.
Los mejores sonidos a bordo del barco se encuentran a altas horas de la noche en el laboratorio húmedo. Cada dos o tres días una serie rotativa de nosotros hemos estado reuniendo para recoger los instrumentos y reproducir canciones. Hemos creado un grupo informal llamado Los Maxes secundarios (llamados así porque estamos en busca de nitrito de secundaria y máximos de clorofila). Varias personas a bordo del barco son muy expertos en la guitarra, con especial grito-outs a Ger, Osvaldo, Bary y Gadiel. Cada uno de ellos se especializa en algún tipo de sonido de guitarra increíble, y cada uno tiene una historia interesante. Ger puede cambiar los acordes como nadie y tiene una capacidad asombrosa para recoger las fichas y reproducir una canción perfectamente la primera vez. Una vez, tal vez hace muchos años, fue una cantante de canciones para niños, en nuestro Raffi aquí a bordo del barco. Osvaldo parece tener todo el repertorio de Jim Croce y Cat Stevens en sus dedos. Esto es muy divertido para mí, pero ninguno de los niños pequeños (por definición: cualquier persona menor de 40) conocía a ninguno de las canciones! Imagina que … En alguna parte del sistema de educación nos está fallando. Gadiel es bueno en la guitarra española y Bary puede jugar conducen en la mayoría de las canciones de la década de 1960 con una aparente especialización en las empresas y otras músicas surfista.
La banda también tiene 3 ukeleles y un teclado. La gente ha estado cambiando entre estos instrumentos más pequeños, pero los premios especiales a Jaqui por su multitud de talentos en el teclado y voz, Emily por sus instintivamente buenos cambios de acordes, Erwin en las maracas, Chloe para rasguear ukulele, Nick por su magia teclado y Anna durante tanto rápidamente aprenden su primera melodía ukelele “Noodling en G con Turnarounds”. Después de ver tanto talento a bordo del barco, me di cuenta de que mi guitarra y ukelele habilidades eran de uso limitado, así que hice un bajo de un palo de escoba y un balde de 5 galones. Por lo tanto, yo soy de la banda oficial beat-Keeper.
¿Qué canción estamos mejor? “La canción de Copas” (Usted me vas a extrañar cuando me vaya “). Casi todo el mundo en el que la banda ha aprendido a tocar la secuencia taza de las palmas, así que debería venir a bordo del barco y vernos tocar alguna vez! Las entradas son gratuitas.


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Trapping Time

by Anna Belcher

Prepprepping the in situ incubatorsAfter 7 days of preparation; piecing together incubation chambers, calibrating instruments, splicing lines, recalibrating instruments, running tank tests, splicing more line and trying to work our way through all the woodshop tools, we were ready to go….it was trapping time! We wanted to collect some sinking particles from the ocean and measure their influence on denitrification and ammonox in anoxic waters. However, seeing Andrew and Nick and all the other scientists onboard running around with their incubation experiments on deck and getting up at all hours of the day to take samples, it really did seem like an awful lot of work to do aboard ship.

SScotchguarding the sensor cables Fortunately Rick and his team had developed a cunning method to make the sediment traps do all the hard work whilst they floated around in the ocean; perfect.  For such a great feat of particle science (rumoured by some to be an attempt to answer the most important unsolved questions of oceanography today), we’d need a slick team of eager (and slightly becrazed) oceanographers…introducing Team Trappers….

DEmily, Anna, Chloe, Rick and Jaqui with one of the incubatorsEmily… lady of the burn wire programming and somehow always managing to have a cable tie at hand just when you need it

Chloe… the sensor fixing queen and knitting instructor to ensure everyone is equipped with dish cloths and ear warmers

Myself, Anna… the foreign import, whose role is still somewhat uncertain other than causing trouble and occasionally being able to reach something up high that none of the others are quite tall enough for 😉  (Rick says I am here for comic relief and as the official dog collar support person)

Jaqui handling a proteomics sampleJaqui… the cookie queen, chief of proteomics and making sure the rest of us don’t contaminate everything!

And of course chief of operations, Dr Rick Keil, the man with the idea and there to ensure us ladies don’t cause too much trouble out on deck.

Along came 17:30, the last supper before the big deployment. We munched happily on another great meal with Jaqui and Emily looking like they were attempting a last minute carb load with a bread roll, ‘jacket’ potato and pasta all on one plate! Working off a cruise plan deployment time of 1800 we figured we had plenty of time to enjoy our dinner. The call finally came at 1900, trappers to their battle stations. Hard hats and life jackets on, we walked out onto deck armed with adjustable spanners and cable ties, and began chucking thousands of dollars worth of equipment into the ocean!!

sm_L1422049Unfortunately our beloved ship has some intestinal troubles and needs regular ‘comfort beaks’ to keep it happy. But nonetheless 7 hours later we had 7 traps out in the water collecting particles, and had managed to fit in a toilet stop for the ship to release its digestive system away from our sampling site (we weren’t so interested in collecting those particles). Having successfully managed to program our sediment traps to do the work for us by collecting particles and running their own incubation experiments, we now needed to filter lots of water to try and collect some more particles for analysis. Naturally we wanted to avoid actually having to do this ourselves, as who really wants to site for hours on end filtering when you could send down a water pump on a line to do the job for you.

Team Trapper setting up the linesWith our traps incubating and our pumps over the side filtering, it was up to team trappers to deploy the most important piece of equipment…the camping chairs. Time to sit, relax, ‘watch the line’ and munch on some chocolate (the finest Swiss chocolate of course, none of this American Hersheys rubbish), ahhhh a job well done…until tomorrow when we get the traps back and find out how well behaved they were… Team Trappers out.


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Almost Packed and ready to ship

Chloe loading the first third of the container.

Chloe loading the first third of the container.

After months of planning, our gear is ready to ship to Chile for our upcoming cruise.  One 40-foot container filled with scientific gear.  It took us one week to pack; fitting all the odd-sized gear in was quite a puzzle.

Después de meses de planificación, nuestro equipo está listo para enviar a Chile para nuestro próximo crucero. Un contenedor de 40 pies lleno de engranajes científica. Nos tomó una semana para empacar, cabiendo todo el equipo de tamaño irregular en era bastante un rompecabezas.

–Rachel and Chloe


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