Approaching the JR yesterday morning....pilot boat alongside for scale...
Four of us successfully board up rope ladder from heaving boat....felt very "survivorish". Here's my bag getting hauled aboard. I think we all looked awkward enough that they later lowered the gangway with the ship's crane to accommodate the departing scientific crew.
They all seemed pretty happy to be leaving after six weeks at sea.
A few hours later a fuel barge showed up and began the fueling process which continued throughout the night. Mid-morning today a second fuel barge tied up and also began refueling us. Apparently the weight of fuel, combined with this evening's low tide will give us the necessary clearance to pass under the Bridge of the Americas at the entrance to the canal. From wikipedia, the clearance under bridge is 201 feet at high tide. According to the IODP website the "air draught" of the JR's derrick, the height above the waterline, is 205 feet!!! This is gonna be close!
"All artists love and honor William Morris" --- Frank Lloyd Wright
About William Morris
William Morris (1834-1896) was an English writer, artist, poet, socialist, craftsman, and designer who is probably best known for his influence on the Arts and Crafts Movement and wallpaper design in particular. He founded the British socialist party as well as the first society dedicated to the preservation of historical buildings. Morris's work blurred the line between art and craft. To live in a "Morris" house would be to be surrounded by hand-made items of beauty and functionality. Morris rejected the common, the mass-produced, the tacky (he would have called it the shoddy). He revived old crafts and traditions, often immersing himself in historical texts or seeking out craftsmen from whom he could learn dying arts, be they weaving, stained glass, dyeing, embroidery, metalwork, or printing. Long considered the father of the Arts and Crafts Movement, his philosophical approach to design, and life, still finds vital expression in the 21st century community of crafters and do-it-yourselfers.