NOAA Teacher at Sea
Lisha Lander Hylton
Onboard NOAA Ship Delaware II
June 30 – July 11, 2008
Mission: Surfclam and Quahog Survey
Geographical area of cruise: Northeastern U.S.
Date: July 3, 2008
Weather Data from the Bridge
Daytime: Sw Winds 15 To 20 Kt With Occasional Gusts Up To 25 Kt; Seas 3 To 4 Ft.
Evening: Sw Winds 15 To 20 Kt With Occasional Gusts Up To 25 Kt; Seas 3 To 4 Ft with a chance Of showers and thunderstorms
Today, we experienced mechanical problems on the ship. I learned that this is why there are so many crew members on board. It takes the expert knowledge of many people in different careers to repair necessary equipment imperative to operate mechanical devices onboard. The problem we had is that a power cable connected to the pump blew out. Then they had to cut out the bad part of the cable and replace it to the power box that connects to the pump on the clam dredge. However, adding the new cable means that we had to reconnect all of the smaller wires to the power box. Then we had to check the power to the switch inside the pump. It took all hands on board to correct the problem, with Vic Nordahl, the chief scientist, in charge.
The problem was corrected with Vic Nordahl’s knowledge and the assistance from the chief engineer, Brian Murphy, the 1st engineer, Chris O’Keefe, the 2nd engineer, Grady Abney, along with many other crewmembers. Following is a sequence of photos that show the problem: I was amazed at the way so many people were involved in fixing the problem. The following people are crew members on board the DELAWARE II; many who helped to resolve the problem.
NOAA Crewmembers on the DELAWARE II and Their Titles and Careers
Vic Nordahl – Chief Scientist In command of all scientific people on the ship. In command of what each person does on the survey. Has complete control of the numerous tasks involved in the survey. He teaches and explains all procedures involved in survey to new crew members and gives advice to old crew members in a very patient and very informed manner. Vic also has expert understanding in engineering, equipment maintenance and electrical mechanics and was the crucial person who solved the problem with the power cable connected to the pump. His understanding and mechanical ability enabled us to complete this survey; otherwise we would have had to return back to port.
Captain Stephen Wagner – Captain of the ship. Responsible for everything and everyone on the ship.
Lt. Monty Spencer – XO Executive Officer Second in command on the ship. Oversees all general operations of the ship and personnel. Does all the accounting on the ship, keeps the budget, take care of making sure there are sufficient personnel on all trips.
Richard Raynes – Gear Specialist Maintains all gear equipment on the ship. Makes all fishing nets for ship.
ENS Chuck Felkley – Junior Officer of the ship In charge of safety, navigation ad driving on board the ship under Lt. Monty Spencer
Engineer Staff: (Brian Murphy) the chief engineer , the 1st engineer (Chris O’Keefe) and the 2nd engineer (Grady Abney)
Francine Stroman – Marine Technician Enters technological data of marine species under survey.
Jim Pontz and Mark Bolino – ABS (Able Bodied Seaman) Handle all equipment on ship’s deck department. Lower and raise anything that goes in or out of water.
Mark Harris – High School Biology Teacher (ARMADA Teacher at Sea) Layton High School, Layton, Utah
Lisha Hylton – Third Grade Elementary Teacher (NOAA Teacher at Sea) Pelion Elementary School, Pelion, South Carolina
Patrick Bergin – Electronical Technician Takes care of all of the electronic equipment on the ship; phones, radar, computers, electronic equipment to operate ship.
Lino Luis – Lead Fisherman Radios when dredge pump is to be activated and deactivated.
Jakub Kircun – Seagoing Technician In charge of the team that takes care of the biological specimens on the ship. Maintains all computers for storing data for specimens collected.
Richie Logan – Works on back deck (maintains machinery)
Kira Lopez – Sophomore at North Carolina State University majoring in Zoology. Volunteer scientist
Alicia Long – Sea-Going Technician Takes care of the biological specimens and the equipment used to maintain them.
Steph Floyd – Biological Science Technician Summer employee trained by the sea-going technicians to take care of the biological specimens and the equipment used to maintain them.
Erin Earley – Oiler/Wiper Assistant to engineers on ship
Jonathan Rockwell – Chief Steward Prepares and cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner for entire crew.
Walter Coghlan – 2nd chef Works with Chief Steward in preparing and cooking all meals.
Christi and Russell – College Seniors majoring in biology.
Sharon Benjamin– College Graduate majoring in biology.
Question of the Day
How many crew members are on board THE DELAWARE II for The Clam Survey? Answer: 32
New Term/Word/Phrase: Conductive Electric Cable
Something to Think About: Vic Nordahl (at 2:00 A.M.) started thinking about and telling us possible solutions to the problem if it could not be fixed while out at sea.
Challenge Yourself : I will learn all I can about equipment maintenance and repair from the experts on board.
Did You Know?
It is highly difficult to fix an electrical problem on a ship because supplies are limited at sea.
Animals Seen Today
Seagulls and a Pelican