|John Moorey on Discovery|
The ship’s whistle blew. I was deafened. I shot out of the funnel and almost fell down the steps and ran along the deck as far from the funnel as possible. A few seconds later the whistle stopped, but there were a few blank entries for that 4-hour period. I didn’t return to complete the log sheets.
I notice that Discovery’s last cruise is, Southampton, Santa Cruz Tenerife, and the Bahamas along 26°N. My first cruise for NIO (National Institute of Oceanography) was on RRS Discovery II in 1957 for an IGY hydrographic survey of latitude 24°N and I notice that our itinerary was very similar: Plymouth, Santa Cruz, and Nassau Bahamas.
I joined NIO in 1954 as a scientific assistant. My job was mainly instrumental – the equipment that we used was water bottles and mercury in glass reversing thermometers. If any of that still exists it will be in museums, but the results are still used. At the 50th anniversary of Discovery this summer, Dr Brian King told me that he had recently used results from that 1957 cruise. In the 1960s there was a big development in instrumentation. It was an exciting time.