Section 1: Welcome Aboard

The following information is being provided to make your stay aboard both enjoyable and productive:

Meal Hours:

Breakfast 0730 - 0815 0730 - 0800
Lunch 1130 - 1215 1130 - 1215
Dinner 1730 - 1815 1700 - 1745


The mess hall is secured one-half hour before and after meal hours for set-up and cleaning. Please wear a shirt and shoes to all meals.


Clean linen will be issued once a week. On those days, strip your bunk and place soiled linen in the laundry bag in the laundry locker.

Please keep your rooms and head in a clean and sanitary condition. Cleaning gear will be provided.

For your personal safety, wear a work vest and hard hat, as appropriate when working with gear over the fantail. The watch officer will be observing deck operations and will point out unsafe practices. Please follow his instructions. Life jackets and exposure suits are available in each stateroom.

Be conservative with fresh water. The supply is limited and the ship has limited water making facility.

The possession or consumption of hard liquor is forbidden by University regulations. Chief scientists may bring beer and wine aboard for general use only after establishing control procedures with the Master.

Mid-rats are always available, please bus and wash your own dishes at times other than meal hours.

Sodas are complimentary, but please don't waste them.

Louis H. Zimm
R/V Robert Gordon Sproul


The purpose of this handbook is to acquaint scientific personnel with the characteristics and capabilities ofR/V Robert G. Sproul. It provides a good review of what can and cannot be done on the ship, and lists sources of detailed information. It directs your attention to a number of important safety matters. We hope that by reading it well in advance of your cruise you will spot problems in time to seek out satisfactory solutions, see how to prepare more smoothly and efficiently, and perhaps discover new or better ways to accomplish your objectives.

REVISIONS - The handbook is subject to ongoing revision. We want it to represent the best information available from the experience of scientists at sea, and so we comments or corrections, better arrangement of material, additions, etc. Please send any such input directly to the ship.

A CAUTIONARY NOTE ON ACCURACY - While reasonable efforts are made to update the handbook as needed and to issue new versions in the wake of significant changes on the ship, it is impossible to assure complete accuracy at all times. It could be that the particular winch you need, while neatly listed and specified in the book, breaks down just before your cruise. In all cases, make your particular research equipment needs known with your ship request, and contact relevant technical support groups to ensure that critical gear is ready for your work.

OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION - Scripps produces a Chief Scientist's Manual which summarizes the regulations, restrictions, customs and traditions under which all research aboard Scripps vessels is carried out. It is available from the Ship Scheduling Office, the Resident Techs, or the Master. It emphasizes rules and procedures, whereas this handbook treats ship features and capabilities. In addition A Manual for Seagoing Scientists describes life on a research ship, including social interactions, routine work, customs, and more on safety. There is overlap between the three, and all chief scientists should read them.

Most scientific parties will wish to make use of the technical support, equipment, or advice of one or more of the technician groups at Scripps. In all cases, a timely and clear explanation of your needs is to your advantage.