|"Flying" the towfish with a remote for the winch|
|The Ugle Duckling|
|Cruise ship dead ahead|
|Sunny day and flat calm waters|
|Then TEMA surfacing with lights and a camera|
|The yacht that we with lived on|
|Lou and myself working on the MGA|
I very much enjoyed working in Southeast Alaska. The days were long and the scenery was great. I ate more fresh and delicious seafood than ever before. For the first week or so I worked a night shift. It was actually quite nice; it was only dark for a few hours so we got to enjoy both the lighting at dusk and dawn. The only downside to the night shift was the cruise ships. The ships often to move from port to port at night so it was sometimes necessary to communicate and coordinate our movements with them.
For being a relatively short duration job it involved almost all of our survey equipment. "The full suite" as we sometime call it: Multibeam sonar, side scan sonar, sub-bottom sonar, Marine Gradiometer Array (MGA) and Towed Electromagnetic Array (TEMA). This meant we spent a relatively large about of time mobilizing and demobilizing systems. Mobilizing is usually the most tiring and stressful part of the job so it was rough to do it three times in three weeks.
I'm really glad I had a chance to spend sometime relaxing in Juneau with Molly after the job. It gave me a chance to do many of the things I didn't have time for during the survey like hiking, vising friends and seeing the local museums.
|Rich taking a much needed break|