May 28, 2005
again from Gray’s Reef.
today was a pretty normal day here on the Nancy Foster.
This morning we started off with two sets of dives like
normal. The work going on during these dives was just
a continuation of the work that has been going on all
week. No new techniques or equipment were used today.
in the day we ended up at the “R-2 Tower,”
which is a big yellow tower out in the middle of the ocean
used by the US Navy for fighter pilot training (picture
to left). According to those that dove on the tower,
“That was the best dive yet,” probably because
the tower is further away from shore so the water is clearer
and the visibility is better.
we are back at J-Reef working on Rob’s and Lauren’s
experiments. Here at J-Reef we ran into our first major
problem. The main engines on the Nancy Foster are not
working right now, the engineers think that it is just
a computer problem so for right now we are running off
of the Z-drives, which are smaller engines used by the
ship for maneuvering. The Z-drive engines can move the
ship in any direction that it needs to go whether it is
sideways, forward, or backward. Now that the engines are
off line it may take us a lot longer to get in to port.
The captain is saying it will take us 12 hours to get
back to port from here using the Z-drives. So hopefully
they will get the main engine fixed or it is going to
be a long trip back.
tomorrow, I am off to fill more SCUBA tanks,