Arctic Expedition - Day 18 & 19 - Teachers at the North Pole

A ship's morale is often times based on food quality
Current ship status: latitude: 71.40N; longitude: 150.54W; temp: 32F; speed: 4.7k; winds: 32k; water depth: 1450m

Yesterday (Day 18) was Labor Day on the ship, meaning the science team and Healy crew labored all day, dropping our coring instruments into the Arctic Ocean from morning to dusk.

Today we are experiencing rough seas again, and because of the sea situation, our science--meaning coring--is taking a brief pause.

Teacher On-Board
Today is the first day of school in San Diego Unified School District. Steve Walters (Mission Bay High School, San Diego) will have a brief respite from coring operations today due to rough seas. Yesterday, Steve's Labor Day did not include barbecue or relaxation; coring was the order for Steve's day.
Danny Blas (Lincoln High School, San Diego) did not write a blog post yesterday in observation of Labor Day; however, did conduct video interviews with the entire Healy Food Service staff, and began the video editing process yesterday, which ended at Midnight. The video is now complete, and available below.

Healy Food Service
The science team and crew need sustenance everyday. Food is one way to improve morale on a ship. If the food is great, people are happy. If the food sucks, tempers flare.

On the Healy, the galley--or dining room--is the hub for all things social on the ship. The work of all hands revolve around chow times: 6:45-7:45 A.M. (breakfast); 11:00 A.M. - Noon (lunch); 5:00 - 6:00 P.M. (dinner); 11:00 - 11:45 P.M. (midnight rations or "mid rats") for the late-night shift personnel.

For many on the science team, meals will be the tops of their memories on-board. The members of the Food Service team are kind, professional, and produce excellent food, raising the spirits of all on-board.


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