The best way to describe life at sea is it functions as a routine. Wake up. Eat breakfast. Deploy or recover ocean observing equipment. Break for lunch. Deploy or recover ocean observing equipment. Break for dinner. Finish deploying and recovering ocean observing equipment, if needed.
Most deck operations are completed before dark, so everyone figures out how to spend time during the evening. Activities include card games, working out at the gym, reading, and most of all socializing with others. The food onboard is great and there’s plenty of it, as is the snack stash. The crew are helpful and friendly and run a very tight ship. Next day, wake up and repeat.
The following is a visual tour of scientists’ life aboard the R/V Thomas G. Thompson.