Saturday, June 1, 2013

The R/V Langseth departs Vigo and heads to sea

The R/V Marcus G. Langseth pushed away from the docks of Vigo at 8 am local time.  The sun was shining, and the views of the rugged cliffs, forests and Galician towns along the coastline were spectacular.  We will only be able to see land at the very beginning and very end of this 45-day cruise.  We steamed out of the protected waters around Vigo and out into the open Atlantic Ocean a few hours later, and happily were met by relatively calm seas (1-2 meter swells), although its quite brisk compared to summer weather back home.  We actually saw the F.S. Poseidon in the distance as she headed back to Vigo at the end of the first OBS cruise of this program. We only have a relatively short transit of ~10 hours before we begin to deploy the extensive suite of scientific equipment behind the ship needed to image the structures beneath the seafloor in 3D.  Putting out the seismic streamers and associated gear will take 3 days!

Donna Shillington
1st June
The science party on deck as the ship departs Vigo.

Islas Cies