Monthly Archives: July 2013

R/V Thomas G. Thompson

My first Able Seaman job has landed. The pesky RFPNW seatime has made the search much more challenging because I don’t currently work for a company with ship large enough to earn the required seatime. For any other newbs reading this, here is the word of the day: Persistance. I called, emailed, called, visited, called, and emailed some more, all of the companies I could find that had the appropriate sized vessels. Many of the Port Captains and HR people at these companies know my name from my frequent calls. I was just about to jump on a tug making freight runs to Western Alaska, which was a really cool job, but didn’t satisfy the seatime for RFPNW, when the current opportunity arose. After looking far and wide, the University Of Washington (my backyard) called and offered me a relief position on the Thomas G. Thompson Research Vessel. This is working out perfectly, as the Thompson is 3056 tons! Here are some pictures:





Here is the ship’s website.

I don’t know alot about the trip I will be on, other than we are loading the ROV Jason and heading out in the Pacific. I will be posting progress along the way. Until then: Stay thirsty my friends!


As a kid growing up, I’ve had to flush my sick goldfish down the hole, bury several beloved pet dogs for various reasons, attend many of my own kids’ pet funerals, like the hamster, frog, etc., but today was just as hard as having to bury one of my trusted hunting dogs. I sold my boat, the “ISO KALA”. ISO KALA means “Big Fish” in Finnish and my grandma would say, as I left to go fishing with my grandpa, catch lots of “Iso Kalas”.

She was an incredible sea boat for the last seven years. I have enjoyed the bejesus out of her and already miss her, even though she’s only been gone a few hours. I was seriously lucky finding the buyer, who will be a perfect fit for her and take excellent care of her in the future.

I sold her, as there will be very little time for me to use her over the next couple of years. There will be a post about this sometime next week.

So for now, myself and the crew are going to hoist our glasses with some fine Crown Royal, also known as Clown Oil and drown our sorrows. Here are some pictures of our life together:




ISO KALA Overnight Running

UW Lights

Another boat will be in my future. It may take two or three years before I’m ready to jump back in, but I really like the names Duffy, Wesmac, Calvin Beal, Northern Bay, Flowers and Lowell Brothers to name a few.

A funny thing happened yesterday

I had to apply sunscreen. This is Washington…….It always rains. Remember that if you are planning to move here: IT ALWAYS RAINS. The weather is awful, gray, drizzle, wet, moss growing on everything. So now that we had our two sunny days in a row, we can go back to fall like weather.

Blue Ocean Mariner is not dead, in fact there has been allot of assistance towing taking place (company name with held to protect whoever needs protecting). I have some other exciting news that I’m holding off on sharing for a little while longer. I’m just going to throw up a little pic for you to look at: