Valentine Over the Dateline

How do you stay close from half a world away? Long absences are a part of oceanography, and months away from home are something that all sailors cope with. In centuries past, sailors left home for two, three, or more years at a time, often not knowing when they would come home and communicating only through letters sent from strange ports, months apart.

With e-mail, satellite phones, and shorter voyages, today’s sailors don’t have to put up with quite so much isolation. But today is Valentine’s Day, and everyone on the ship misses loved ones, family, and friends at home. We’re all looking forward to coming home and being reunited with the ones we love. Read on through the slideshow to see a few examples of how people keep their links with home strong:

We’ve been steaming toward McMurdo all day today. By the end of the day tomorrow we’ll be in port, unloading all the science equipment, trying to walk on solid ground again, and getting ready for our flights home. Tomorrow will be our last post for the blog, although we’ll continue to answer questions if you have them. For now, we wish you all a happy Valentine’s Day.

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About Hugh Powell

Hugh is a staff writer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and is on special assignment with the Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. He has previously written for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

7 Responses to “Valentine Over the Dateline”

  1. how you guys and gals have a happy valentines day!

  2. Will you miss the expedition at all? Sometimes you develop a routine for something, and it’s hard to get back to the schedule without missing your old one.

  3. Yeah, I was wondering the same thing!

  4. Liz from Holy Family School February 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    When people on the ship want to communicate do they use letters or emails?
    If so some use letters how would they be able to?

  5. Ms. Dunbar's 6th grade class February 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you for all the wonderful replies, pictures and videos. We really enjoyed the tours of the ship and the picture slide shows. Have a safe trip home!

  6. The penguin picture is poster worthy. I hope there are more pictures of the penguin visiting areas of the ship. It would make a great children’s book.


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