Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor Gulf Stream....
| Catherine Cramer,
Tags: ocean observing, Scott Glenn, Gulf Stream, Atlantic Crossing
Developing the SEW-G Case Study of Dr. Scott Glenn, of COSEE NOW and Rutgers, means delving into the history of ocean observing. One of the earliest ocean observers was good old Benjamin Franklin, who, when in his role of deputy postmaster of the British American colonies, wondered why some British mail ships took so long to get across the northern Atlantic. He enlisted the help of whaling captains to supply ocean observing data, came up with some conclusions, and is credited with naming the Gulf Stream.
In 2009, in preparation for launching RU-27 - also known as the Scarlet Knight - in an attempt to make the first trans-Atlantic crossing by an autonomous underwater vehicle - Scott Glenn's colleague Oscar Schofield delves into some more ocean observing history in his blog post "Finding The Gulf Stream in the Old Days".