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Erebus and H. Terrordisappeared with all their crew while searching for the Northwest Passage. Their fate is one of the enduring mysteries of the age of exploration. Numerous expeditions were sent out to find them, numerous theories proposed to explain what happened.


It was headed for a rendezvous with its big sister ship, Knorr, which had been thundering home since the morning, against to knot storm winds and to foot seas that relentlessly pounded its bow.

Knorr had to evacuate its third mate, Derek Bergeron, who had injured his hand during a rescue boat exercise on a research cruise miles southeast of Cape Cod. Off Naushon Island in Vineyard Sound, the foot, aluminum-hulled Tioga pulled alongside the foot, steel-hulled Knorr to attempt an at-sea transfer. The winds had eased to about 16 to 20 knots, but the seas were hardly calm.

Brennan began making telephone calls and sending e-mails from home on Sunday to find an available mate to relieve Bergeron on short notice, so that the science cruise could continue. Knorr headed home, trying to locate a vessel that would rendezvous with it off shore, Sheasley said. Because Knorr was coming from Bermuda, a foreign port, docking at WHOI would have required hours of official protocols, which threatened to compromise a multiyear study of wintertime Gulf Stream air-sea interactions that influence the climate.

Knorr turned northwest, right into the teeth of a fierce storm. Through the late day Monday and overnight, Knorr sailed directly into to knot winds and to foot seas.

The ship, which normally makes It had accumulated about three inches of ice from freezing spray. Meanwhile, Brennan had located a relief mate: Allison Tunick, who had worked on Knorr in the summer of But she was in California, and Brennan arranged for her to take a red-eye flight Monday.

She arrived Tuesday morning, the time when Sheasley had originally estimated Knorr would arrive in Vineyard Sound. As Knorr neared Woods Hole, he volunteered to meet it. Knorr finally arrived at p. The same storm that buffeted Knorr had forced a cancellation of his flight from Atlanta to Bermuda, so he missed the ship. Taking advantage of this unplanned personnel transfer, Dave flew instead to Boston.

Everyone was dressed in exposure suits against the biting cold. But the process of launching a work boat would have been dangerous as well, given the weather conditions, especially the cold. Captain Houtler decided he would maneuver the Tioga alongside the Knorr and conduct the transfer directly. The two captains decided to rendezvous in Tarpaulin Cove on the east coast of Naushon Island, about half a nautical mile from the beach. Unfortunately, the Tioga still had less than ideal conditions to bring a vessel her size alongside the Knorr. He decided that he did not want any lines passed between ships.

They can only stop a motion with a reverse motion. The Knorr had to maintain a solid position to not add to the dynamics Captain Houtler had to contend with. Crew members aboard Knorr lowered a ladder three to four feet down to Tioga.

Normally they walk up a gangplank. Bergeron was taken straight to a hospital. He subsequently was examined by orthopedic specialists to see if he requires surgery to facilitate healing of his fractured metacarpal bone. Knorr returned to work. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website.

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He recently discovered that blue sharks use warm water ocean tunnels, or eddies, to dive to the ocean twilight zone, where they forage in nutrient-rich waters hundreds of meters down.

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Born in New Zealand, Simon received his B. With much of his work in the South Pacific and Caribbean, Simon has been on many cruises, logging 1, hours of scuba diving and hours in tropical environs. He has been a scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution since Gregory Skomal is an accomplished marine biologist, underwater explorer, photographer, and author.

He has been a fisheries scientist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries since and currently he up the Massachusetts Shark Research Program. For more than 30 years, Greg has been actively involved in the study of life history, ecology, and physiology of sharks. His shark research has spanned the globe from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to coral reefs in the tropical Central Pacific.

Much of his current research centers on the use of acoustic telemetry and satellite-based tagging technology to study the ecology and behavior of sharks. He has written dozens of scientific research papers and has appeared in a of film and television documentaries, including programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC, and numerous television networks.

His most recent book, The Shark Handbook, is a must buy for all shark enthusiasts. Robert D. He served in the U. Navy for more than 30 years and continues to work with the Office of Naval Research.

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A pioneer in the development of deep-sea submersibles and remotely operated vehicle systems, he has taken part in more than deep-sea expeditions. Inhe discovered the RMS Titanicand has succeeded in tracking down numerous other ificant shipwrecks, including the German battleship Bismarckthe lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.

He is known for his research on the ecology and evolution of fauna in deep-ocean hydrothermal, seamount, canyon and deep trench systems. He has conducted more than 60 scientific expeditions in the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Sunita L. Her research explores how the larvae of seafloor invertebrates such as anemones and sea stars disperse to isolated, island-like habitats, how larvae settle and colonize new sites, and how their communities change over time.

Kirstin also has ongoing projects in the Arctic and on coral reefs in Palau. Her work frequently takes her underwater using remotely operated vehicles and SCUBA and carries her to the far corners of the world. Winds, waves, and waiting Knorr headed home, trying to locate a vessel that would rendezvous with it off shore, Sheasley said.

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Tioga left Woods Hole to meet its big sister ship. Map by E. To evacuate an injured mate from Knorrthe captains of the two ships decided to rendezvous in Tarpaulin Cove off Naushon Island, which provided some protection against winds and waves. We use cookies to analyze site usage and improve user experience. By continuing on this site, you consent to their use.

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