Up before the dawn and working under a red lamp, Captain Tom Desjardins plots the day's cruise for Research Vessel Sally Ride.
On Tuesday, Ride left the Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes, Wash. where it was built for a series of short cruises that will bring the vessel to its new home in San Diego on Aug. 26. It will dock at the Exploratorium in San Francisco for public tours and viewing on Saturday, August 20.
Owned by the U.S. Navy, Sally Ride is operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography under a charter from the Office of Naval Research. The Ocean Class general purpose research vessel will support U.S. earth, ocean, and atmosphere research around the world.