On the way back, we decided to take the road and frontage trail, instead of walking back on the beach. On Sandholdt Road, we noticed this ship, the Rachel Carson, at the Moss Landing Harbor.
We wondered….who is Rachel Carson?
I did not think anymore about the Rachel Carson ship — and these set of photos — until reading the “Your Town” section of today’s Monterey County Herald. Excerpt:
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute will hold an open house from noon to 5PM Saturday at 7700 Sandholdt Road.
At 12:45PM, aquarium executive director Julie Packard will christen the institute’s newest ship, the R/V Rachel Carson.
Other activities include talks about the expeditions to the Gulf of California and Sargasso Sea, a tour of the labs, a look at ships and undersea robots used in the deep-sea excursions, and workshops where children can build their own remotely operated vehicles.
According to the MBARI website, the R/V Rachel Carson “will serve as a replacement for both the R/V Zephyr and R/V Point Lobos, and will be able to launch both ROVs and AUVs, as well as conduct multi-day expeditions”.
The new research vessel was named Rachel Carson in honor of the American marine biologist and conservationist. Click here to view a better image for the R/V Rachel Carson, on the MBARI Press Room page.
Rachel Carson wrote the book Silent Spring and is credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Excerpt from Wikipedia…
Late in the 1950s Carson turned her attention to conservation, especially environmental problems she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people.
Although Silent Spring met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides, and it inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.
The open house also celebrates MBARI’s 25th anniversary. The presentation schedule is as follows:
- In the PACIFIC FORUM: Extending MBARI’s reach
12:00 Volcanoes of the Gulf of California ~ Jenny Paduan12:30 Video ~ no speaker during christening of R/V Rachel Carson01:00 Volcanoes of the Gulf of California (repeat) ~ Jenny Paduan01:30 Monterey Bay: A window to the world ~ Chris Scholin02:00 Secrets of the Sargasso Sea ~ Alana Sherman02:30 ESP around the world ~ Jim Birch03:00 Secrets of the Sargasso Sea (repeat) ~ Alana Sherman03:30 ESP around the world (repeat) ~ Jim Birch04:00 Exploring the Gulf of California ~ Steve Haddock04:30 Exploring the Gulf of California (repeat) ~ Steve Haddock
- PRESENTATIONS in the VIDEO TENT:
12:15 Mysteries of the Deep (live presentation)01:00 Mysteries of the Deep (live presentation)01:30 Deep-sea video02:00 Mysteries of the Deep (live presentation)02:30 Deep-sea video03:00 Mysteries of the Deep (live presentation)03:30 Deep-sea video04:00 Mysteries of the Deep (live presentation)04:30 Deep-sea video
For further details, please visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) website.
Our trail walk back towards Potrero Road…
Link to Wikipedia article on Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964)
Carson began her career as a biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award, recognition as a gifted writer, and financial security. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the reissued version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. That so-called sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life from the shores to the surface to the depths.