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Monday, March 8, 2010

The Global Sentinel

The Global Sentinal Cruises Past Astoria, Oregon Late yesterday afternoon the Global Sentinel cruised past Astoria on the Columbia River at high speed and in drenching rain.

The Global Sentinal Cruises Past Astoria, Oregon She's a high tech fiber-optic cable-layer. The cable is run through the piping at the bow. If you're interested, you can read all about the ship here.

The Global Sentinal Cruises Past Astoria, Oregon The yellow things are buoys which can be deployed when necessary to mark the ends of the cable. I thought they looked like big searchlights, and had fantasies of the ship searching for giant squid fathoms down in the aphotic zone, but nooooo.

The Global Sentinal Cruises Past Astoria, Oregon There's a lot of equipment here, but what I like in this photo is the light on the stern (you can tell it's a dark day) and also the seagull. It helps to enlarge the image.

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6 comments:

B SQUARED said...

Amazing technology. Most of which we take for granted.

cieldequimper said...

That's a bit too close to my work for comfort.

cieldequimper said...

Would you believe the word verification just now was whalecod?

VP said...

A great set of pictures, I am always interest in strange types of vessels.
We are just awaiting the new ship that will finish the job of the Castoro 7...

Jacob said...

Wonderful shots of a beautiful ship...it's hard to fathom (pardon the pun) laying cable across a river or lake or ocean!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful series of lovely shots !!

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