By Rachel Teasdale
|Axial Seamount 2015 Expedition video showing how the R/V Thompson supports all the various science operations at sea. Video by Jesse Crowell in association with Saskia Madlener at 77th Parallel Productions. Music by James Andrew Menking|
The R/V Thompson Crew The crew of Research Vessel, Thomas G Thompson (see image below) operated by the University of Washington is a dedicated group of mariners who are keen on ensuring that the ship serves as a floating research station where diverse scientific research projects can be completed successfully and efficiently. Each crew member brings their expertise and creativity to accomplishing tasks dreamed up by scientists on the cutting edge of Marine Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering and more.
|R/V Thompson in port on Friday August 14, 2015 just prior to departing Seattle, WA.|
|Chief Mate Bree Ogden- Bennett on the bridge of the R/V Thompson.|
Chief Mate Bree Ogden-Bennett, a graduate of the California Maritime Academy, has worked at sea for six years. Among her many duties, she stands navigational watch (see photo right) and oversees all deck operations. One advantage of working on research vessels for Bree is that the point of her work is to conduct operations at sea, whereas other maritime industries are focused on racing from port to port. Bree, Second Mate Tom Drake, and Third Mate Josh Woodrow stand two four-hour watches each day (e.g. noon to 4pm and midnight to 4am). In addition to standing watch on the bridge, Tom also maintains navigational information and nautical logs.
|Z -drive propeller (from R/V Thompson stock images.|
|Mario Yordan inspects the engines.|
|Reverse osmosis system converts sea water to drinking water.|
In some cases scientists at sea attempt to use existing methodologies in new ways or are inventing brand new methods for investigating biological, geological and chemical characteristics of the world’s oceans. Brandi Murphy and Jen Nomura help facilitate their work as marine techs on the R/V Thompson.
|AUV Sentry recovery with Bree (white hard hat), Brandi (in her pink hard hat), AUV Sentry Group (blue hard hats) and R/V Thompson deck crew (white and orange hard hats, and in the crane)|
|Chief Steward India Grammatica with one of the mess crew’s delicious meal.|
The science team of the Axial Seamount 2015 Expedition is grateful for the hard work and dedication contributed by these folks, and all of the R/V Thompson crew who ensure the success of the scientific goals of our work at sea.