Hold Fast


One of the things about life on board a ship is that no surface stays horizontal for long.  If you are a landlubber like me this means paying special attention to where you put a pen, or worse your coffee cup.

The ship and the crew, however, are well used to life at sea, and have modified their world to account for when gravity doesn’t point “down”.  All the chairs in mess, the labs and around the ship are heavy and have no-slip rubber feet attached to the legs.  Shelves and desks have raised edges to prevent things form sliding off.  There are a few other techniques for keeping things in their place when they would otherwise be thrown to the floor.

Pictured below is our processing workstation (I’ll post about how we process the data we collect later). It’s a laptop with several external hard drives (those boxes to the right).  Look closely and you’ll see that the hardware is strapped down to the desk using bungee cords.  Eye bolts are screwed directly into the desk to secure the cords.


Here is a closer look at how the hard drives are tired down.


Almost any way you can think of to secure items has been employed.  Here is a desk outfitted with Velcro.


I never really appreciated the simple act of putting something down secure in the knowledge that it wouldn’t go flying off at any moment.  Simple conveniences like a wireless computer mouse aren’t so convenient when that mouse slides off the table onto the floor.  You want to have your equipment tied down or have have your equipment attached to something that is tied down. Murphy’s law aboard the ship is that if it can move, it will, and in the most destructive way possible.

Until next time, take care and hold fast.

Robert Petersen