Artist’s sketchbook: Departure

Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy are currently supporting scientific research in the dynamic waters of the north on their Arctic West Summer 2013 deployment. As watchstsanders and scientists alike collaborate to collect vital scientific data, they are joined by artist Bob Selby.

After getting a glimpse of shipboard laboratories, Healy’s bridge and the engine room, our sketchbook series comes to an end. Check out below’s sketches for the final installment and be sure to check out the other sketches if you missed any along the way!

break down

Break down. Chaos reigns as the scientists pry themselves from their experiments and begin the process of packing. By days end the lab benches are bare and the coolers are empty and ready for the next team of scientists.

Landing Craft

Departure. Early morning; it’s 38 degrees with good visibility and calm seas. A 140-foot landing craft pulls alongside the anchored Healy off Barrow, Alaska. Twenty palettes of luggage and samples are hoisted by the aft crane to the waiting barge. When the luggage is loaded, the gang plank is set and the scientists make their way down onto the deck in bright orange and black survival suits. Soon they will be landed on the Barrow beach where the next team of scientists awaits to begin a new mission.

Epilogue. From July 29 to Aug. 15, 2013, Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the Coast Guard’s largest ice breaker and research vessel deployed to the Arctic Ocean under Capt. John Reeves with 44 scientists aboard. Under the aegis of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Healy scientists probed the water column and ocean floor in order to establish a basic understanding of the Chukchi Sea ecosystem, particularly at Hanna Shoal in advance of potential oil exploration and exploitation.

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