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Saturday Spot: World Ocean Day And a se7en + 1 Visit a Research Vessel…

June 9th, 2013 · 9 Comments

Today was World Ocean Day and And it also happened to be the one day a year that the Department of Environmental Affairs opens her research vessel to the public.

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I have to say I was quite excited to see the new ship, built especially as a Southern Ocean Polar Research and Supply Vessel…
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In my life before kids I worked on the predecessor to this ship, the S.A.Agulhas, and I was keen to see the improvements and how things have changed in the last while…
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Up we went… Past the bell…
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Through the lounge…
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And the view…
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And through a cabin… and ours were nothing like this!!!
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And I couldn’t help myself but there is a photo of Table Mountain from almost every cabin we went into…
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And up many decks and flights of stairs…
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And onto the bridge…
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Heaps of gidgets and gadgets…
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And who can resist…
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Signal flags…
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And explaining to my kids that there was a time before everything you wanted to know arrived on a screen… in my lifetime!!!
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But times have indeed changed…
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Lots to look at…
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And learn on the bridge…
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And who wouldn’t want to drive…
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Gotta say, I loved the window in the floor above the science deck – a very cool add on!!!
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And the whole gang sitting on the bridge…
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And yes it is a long long way down…
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And so many directions to go in…
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And there is lots to see…
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Like our mountain in the pouring rain…
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And tug boats…
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Yup, lots to look at…
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And lots and lots of stairs…
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And rescue-vessels…
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And life-pods…
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And the Heli-Deck…
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For races of course…
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And inside the heli-hanger…
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Fire and Safety Equipment everywhere…
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Just love all the gear…
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And onto the science deck…
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And would you look at this dream… the CTD, which is for collecting water samples at various depths…
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Goes down the centre of the ship… no balancing out on the edge of the ship for the modern scientist!!! Very, very impressive!!!
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Fabulous labs…
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Out on the back deck…
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And sample nets…
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And that was it…
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A great tour…
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And a last look around…
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And a quick ride on a skidoo… As one does…
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Exciting times…
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And a great way to celebrate World Oceans Day… and inspire my gang with a little Oceanographic Inspiration…

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