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> May 7, 2006 All Aboard!, The Healy Sets Sail
post May 9 2006, 04:44 PM
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May 7, 2006 – The Healy

At 900 hours (9:00 AM), the big moment arrived: I boarded the Healy. All of my gear was packed into two large duffles—each weighing about 35 pounds—plus a camera bag and a computer bag. As I was packing, that didn’t seem like a lot, considering that I would be on the ship for a month. But when I saw the stairs that I would have to climb to get to the room where I would bunk, I regretted every extra pound of gear that I’d crammed into those bags.

But the sea was waiting, and so I slipped my arms through the duffle bag’s handles one bag at a time, loaded it onto my back, and made the backbreaking trip to the “02 Deck” where my stateroom is. Feeling like I was going to topple backward, I reached for the handrail and began to climb upward. And so my journey onboard the Healy began!

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The stairs here are called ladders. Not a good sign when you have to climb them with a load of gear piled on your back.

Once I’d gotten all of my gear onboard, one of the first things I did was unpack my camera so you could see what my room is like. There are two bunk beds: one for me, and the other for my roommate, Marj, who I will write about in a future posting.

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The ship’s bunk beds have rails so that if the seas get rough, no one will fall out of bed. Curtains help to shut out any light.

I unpacked my clothes and other gear and made sure that everything was safely stowed. When you are onboard a ship, it is important that nothing is out in the open. Otherwise, when the boat hits rough waters, things will fly all over the place.

I peeked out of my porthole and saw the beautiful mountains of Unalaska. It will be approximately 30 days before they will welcome me once again upon my return.

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My room has a porthole that is about 1 foot in diameter. You can look through it here to see Unalaska’s mountains.

Next I headed up to the bridge, the area from which the captain and crew navigate the Healy. The time to leave port was nearing.

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Bundled up in several layers, I went to the bridge to watch the ship push off from port.
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