Mandalay Cruise


I took a cruise on the S/V Mandalay from July 17-24, 1999, while doing research for my book, "Upheaval from the Abyss." OK, you're saying, "Why in hell does this guy need a Caribbean cruise to do research for a book on ocean exploration?"

The answer is simple -- the boat I took the cruise on, the Mandalay, used to be Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory's primary research vessel, the R/V Vema. The Vema, which figures prominently in my book, was the first scientific research vessel to log more than a million miles at sea. I needed the cruise to get some oceangoing experience before I wrote a book about, uh, the oceangoing experience.

As of 30 July 2004, I've only uploaded images from Grenada. The rest are coming as soon as I can scan them and prepare the Web presentation.


mandalay.gif (5300 bytes)

Los TestigosIsla MargaritaMochima National ParkPuerto La CruzGrenada
NOTE ON THE MAP PROJECTION: I produced the map above using the Robinson projection, normally used to produce general-purpose world maps without the bizarre shape distortions of a Mercator or a Gall-Peter's projection map. I give praise to John Culberson's excellent Versamap program which allows me to produce the base maps. The map was shaded and annotated with Adobe Illustrator.

Return to my home page.


Questions? Comments? E-mail me.