Transcript for The Voyage of the Lee, segment 05 of 21


As the Lee steams into the Bering Sea, some of these scientific devices are employed with indifferent results. Ice, for one, prevents the ship from venturing as far north as had been scheduled. The ship's log records that no new discoveries were made at this time, and the crew settles into a monotonous routine, the long hours of continuously surveying an area visited by the Lee on previous voyages. This type of work is necessary, however, to refine earlier work and scientific investigations which may have begun years earlier.

We tried to really fundamentally break the boredom by having exciting things to do on the workload, and so we will design a cruise specifically to break, to go from one action to another so we not only - let's say we'll take underweight, geophysical information which is rather routine and boring, but we'll also stop the vessel, recover all the gear, and go sample some of the rocks that we've been looking at with geophysical techniques, bring them aboard, break them apart, find out who they are, and see just what sort of a picture we have, what sort of information we can get about how the earth formed there so we make it into an exploration as much as we can, but there are days when it's boring and grinding and so on.