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A day visit to The RRS James Cook.

All seeming very real now.  Thank you to Professor Christine Peirce (lead scientist) and her team from OBIC (Ocean Bottom Instrumentation Consortium) for taking the time to show me round and for answering all my questions.

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Seismometers

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Yellow cable to receive seismic data.

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Device to keep cable straight. Has flashing light at the top.

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These are wings to keep the yellow cable steady. The deeper the cable the more stable it is, the shallower the cable the higher resolution the images. A balancing act.

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Love this switch board. Switches with great clicking sounds – a retro feel. The technology is not at all retro.

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The ship.

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The scientists mission control room. The room gets reorganised with different equipment for each expedition.

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For bodily functions 🙂

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One shower room is shared between two cabins (either side of the passage)

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Flood doors.

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Recycling is very important on the vessel.

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Two washing machines and two dryers between 50 people. Could be a queue…

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Not for the cruise I’m going on but this is a drill to take a core of oceanic crust.

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A bigger drill!

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No TV but plenty of DVDs

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Table football …on a ship?…

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Tea, coffee, toast…

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Mission control for the crew. Queen Mary 2 in the background.

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Look at the lorry by the QM2 for scale.

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Life boat.

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Lots of food and drink is needed for 50 people for 7 weeks. This is not for the cruise to 13 degree North. I hope to show you that when I arrive in January.

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Computers

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Guess who the new girl is? The old boot belongs to Professor Christine Peirce – lead scientist.

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