It’s News Night on Mermaid Vigilance! Sue Morris describes the process of making souvenir compressed styrofoam cups on REMUS as Nauticos and the Eustace Earhart Discovery Expedition team search the Central Pacific for Amelia Earhart’s lost Lockheed Electra.
A group of ocean explorers has gotten underway on an expedition to the equatorial Pacific Ocean. We intend to search a wide area of ocean floor which may be the resting place of the Amelia Earhart aircraft. This discovery would end one of the world’s greatest mysteries and locate a priceless piece of aviation history.
The group is named the Eustace Earhart Discovery Expedition, and is led by stratospheric explorer Alan Eustace. Expedition management is provided by Nauticos LLC. The oceanographic systems laboratory from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, is using the REMUS 6000 autonomous underwater vehicle for the search. The not for profit SeaWord Foundation, is providing educational opportunities and outreach programs.
In addition to the advanced technology that we’ll be using in the search, Nauticos will be extending itself to schools, youth groups and aviation and ocean enthusiasts around the world who want to share in the discovery experience. I would like to invite you to follow the expedition as well. We will be contributing news, photos and videos to the Expedition Portal, where you can also sign up for future email updates.
This portal will be updated frequently and will be the best way to keep abreast of the progress of the expedition. You are welcome to check it often. You are also welcome to share this with anyone you know who might like to follow us.
We left Honolulu February 18 and expect to be at sea for 30-45 days. I hope you enjoy sailing with us.
–Dave & the Nauticos team
Today was a very productive one, beginning with a ship move at 10AM to make way on the pier for another vessel. We moved to the same spot we departed from in 2006, just across from Aloha Tower. Bill Mills filmed the event from the pier so we had a practice departure. Once we were again tied up, the Remus AUV system was tested, a chance for us to see the launching system in operation. Alan Eustace arrived in the afternoon and came aboard to meet the team. Sallie and Marika arrived in the evening, completing the education team. Dr. Pam was unfortunately delayed and won’t arrive until tomorrow. We will spend tomorrow making final preparations and having a farewell dinner.
Mobilization is progressing apace. Several more members of the party arrived today and with the major equipment on board and in place we continued outfitting spaces, collecting supplies, and trying to be sure we have not neglected anything important.
Welders are finishing metalwork to secure the WHOI vans to the aft deck. The general workspace is coming together, which will serve as a sonar analysis station, general work area, and recreation area for meetings, reading, and movie watching. Cabins are being organized and tidied. Over the next couple of days we will be thinking about stowing everything for sea.
Carpenter Jon is working on picnic tables. Spence has promised we will barbecue for the crew from time to time. I brought a supply of Old Bay seafood seasoning for that purpose.
The radio team is building antennas, as usual.
Joe is supervising rigging of the new basketball backboard & hoop we got for the ship. He insisted that the hoop be 10 feet from the deck … “Not meters, it’s feet!” he insisted!