Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 19 Issue 04

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Volume 19, No. 4
Pages 113 - 113

A Triumph for Dynamic Positioning

Ellen Thomas
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ODP Leg 113 (Weddell Sea Antarctica, December 1986 to March 1987) is famous because of the recovery of the Paleocene-Eocene boundary and some of the oldest diatoms ever recovered. Personally, I’ll never forget this leg: I went to sea after staying at home for half a year after the birth of my first child. Life at sea made me feel like being revived professionally, while guilty about going to sea for 2.5 months, leaving my husband holding the baby. Illogically, going that far away made it feel worse, especially with contact only via expensive satellite phone (better than the ham radio connections used on DSDP Legs 85 and 94).


Thomas, E. 2006. A triumph for dynamic positioning. Oceanography 19(4):113, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2006.21.