Thursday, January 27, 2011
Just offshore from McMurdo sits the Richard G. Matthiesen.
It's the ship that holds an entire year's supply of fuel
for McMurdo and South Pole and will be docking soon at
our Ice Pier. A few years ago we were wintering and the
Matthiesen couldn't make it as far as the Ice Pier. Fuel
hose had to be run several miles into town from the ship.
As a fun trip, we got to take a tour of the ship. Not
often one gets to walk around a Tanker ship. These photos
are from that trip.
It was a cold and blustery day. Perfect for walking around
on a icy deck of a ship...NOT!
I could envision huge waves washing over these decks.
Luckily while we were on it, we were surrounded by ice
and the nearest waves were miles away.
This is the Captain. He kept a close eye on all of us.
Really? I mean, what trouble were we going to get into?
Taking fuel souvenirs? He struck me as the stereotypical
old salt of the sea.