|The most important people on the ship, the cooks!|
Here is a movie of what it is like to get one from one place to another, in this case the Bridge to the laundry room:
The ship is 274 feet long, and has more than 5 levels. The sleeping quarters are on 3 levels, another level is the mess hall, kitchen, library and movie room, all the science labs are on the same level as the main deck. The engine room takes up two of the lower levels. If you want to take a virtual tour of the ship you can visit this Revelle website:
When I first got on Revelle it was really easy to get lost. It felt like a labyrinth. Lots of things look the same – tan metal walls and doors everywhere. I set a reference of the mess hall level in my head, as it is in a central location as I ran up and down the stairs. So everything was either up one or two floors from the mess level or down one or two floors. The science labs are down one level from the mess. The Jason control van is on the same level as the mess and my room is one level above the mess.
View a time-lapse movie of dinner being served in the mess:
|A typical snack selection aboard the Revelle.|
|"Essential" expedition equipment.|
The ship is run by 22 crew members, and ten of these work in the engine room, including an electrician, engineers, ‘oilers’ and ‘wipers’, each with different duties. We took a tour of the engine room and it was amazingly clean for a ship that is 20 years old, but so noisy we had to wear ear protection and use hand signals to communicate! In the engine room they also house the fresh water desalination plant and the sewage treatment system. They even have a machine shop that can build or repair almost anything!
I wrote earlier about the marine technicians and our computer tech. The rest of the crew include the deck crew and the officers that work on the bridge and drive the ship. The bridge crew are professional, friendly, and helpful. The ship’s crew are an integral part of accomplishing our science goals out here.
|Various photos from below decks in the Engine Room.|