Today John Logan, tech John, and I spent the day on the Willard sampling around southern Nantucket Island. We launched at just past 8 and the first sample was taken at 10:09. It takes about 30 minutes for us to set up the gear and get recording. We sampled 48 stations. Our major downtime was around lunchtime; almost 2 hours. We can only go 3 miles from the mother ship, so we needed to follow her a bit in the middle of the day. It worked out fine and we had the best sandwiches ever thanks to Amanda, the cook (turkey with muenster cheese, avocado, tomato, basil-pesto mayo, and spinach on yummy bread). The last station was at 3:29, and we were back on the boat just past 4 - in time for shower and dinner. The current was really hard at most stations and made for a punishing day of hauling the camera up and down.
Here are some pics of the setup on the Willard, the coast of Nantucket, and some seafloor images.
Sand with ripples south of Nantucket
Cobbles and boulders east of Nantucket