Mapping lead Lindsay McKenna works on troubleshooting the multibeam. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deepwater Wonders of Wake. Download larger version (jpg, 4.9 MB).
We spent the last two days transiting towards the Wake Island Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. While we were transiting, we had a couple of issues we needed to work through. This first was our multibeam sonar, which has been acting up over the last couple days. We also unexpectedly lost power to some of our equipment on the ship. So even though we were just transiting, it was a very busy couple of days on the ship. But thanks to our very hard working engineers and technicians on board the ship, along with some help from shore, we have gotten things back to full operation. We have had an unusual number of problems over the last couple of days, so some people on the ship believe we picked up a gremlin somewhere, so we have been joking about the best was to capture the ship's new gremlin before it moves into a new system.