Monday, September 13, 2010

Women working at sea

There are more women on board Cruise YK10-11 than have ever sailed before at one time on R/V Yokosuka. The science party has nine women, including our collaborator Florence Pradillon from JAMSTEC (see photo inside Shinkai before Dive 1226). While Florence was down on the seafloor, Susan and I worked on deck to clean our mooring gear for the shipment home. We were kneeling a lot, as you can see in the photo below. In the lowermost photo during the Shinkai recovery, you can see Hitomi Ikeda, the first female Shinkai mechanic. Also on board is Minamoto Mai, working on the ship’s crew as third electronics officer.

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