Friday, November 21, 2008
We are now being called the 'pit crew'. When one of our samplers comes on board, we have a small window of time to change out certain parts and put the last minute touches on the sampler to be deployed. The deck crew needs to have both samplers in their places well before Alvin's time to dive. I posted a few pics in the earlier post showing what goes on. When we begin it is about 4am, the sampler being recovered usually comes up by 5:45am, then the one being deployed must be over by about 6:45am. As I write this down it seems like there should be plenty of time, however, it goes fast! And, securing the samplers on deck takes a good deal of time.