Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy are currently supporting scientific research in the dynamic waters of the north on their Arctic West Summer 2013 deployment. As watchstsanders and scientists alike collaborate to collect vital scientific data, they are joined by artist Bob Selby.
The watchers. Most of the scientists aboard this deployment of the Healy work aft on the decks or in the laboratory, but three are fixtures by the windows of the bridge. With binoculars at hand Marty Reedy and Charlie Wright are aboard to take a count of sea birds for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service while Sue Moore, a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, keeps track of the marine mammals including thousands of walruses.
Minding the store. Hidden behind rows upon rows of labeled cabinets in the ship’s hold, Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Booth of Brandon, Miss., and his cohort keep track of $4 million worth of parts and back up gear for the Healy, the largest seagoing store in the Coast Guard fleet. Whether at sea or in port, the storekeepers ensure that the ship keeps running.
Chief scientists. Dr. Lee Cooper, a research professor at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science, wrangles the scientific cohort on this cruise which means headaches like lost luggage fall to him. Sketched here consulting the so-called “Board of Lies,” Lee is ultimately responsible for communicating the research goals of the other principal scientists aboard the Healy to the ship’s command. He is ably assisted by his wife, Dr. Jackie Grebmeier who has been a chief scientist on past voyages. Jackie is shown here in her Mustang survival suit – a Coast Guard requirement for working on the deck- as she takes a rare pause to check information before heading back out to continue her experiments.
Bob Selby enjoyed a 20-year career as a staff illustrator at The Providence Journal. During that time, he was the recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright Grant to research the history of caricature in Spain. Following this, he embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator, painter and sculptor. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and currently teaches full time at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. His art career has garnered awards and recognition from The Associated Press, the Society of Illustrators in New York and the Society of Newspaper Design. He is currently underway aboard Healy to document its crew’s activities and missions.