All aboard! NOAA’s Bay Hydro II opens its doors to the public at the Port of Baltimore’s National Maritime Day Event   Leave a comment

What better way to recognize National Maritime Day than to spend a day at the Port of Baltimore talking with the public about NOAA’s hydrographic survey work.  Coast Survey’s research vessel Bay Hydro II, moored at pier 13 Canton Marine Terminal across from the NS Savannah, participated in the Port of Baltimore’s National Maritime Day celebration on Sunday, May 17.

A great cross-section of visitors came on board throughout the day. From students and families with small children to retired Navy sonar operators, there was no shortage of enthusiastic people to talk to.

“I was really impressed that so many people made the trek all the way out to the industrial sector in order to see the event.” said, Lt.j.g. Bart Buesseler, the vessel’s officer in charge. “You could look out from the pier and see container ships loading and unloading, and activity happening all around. We weren’t sure what to expect going in, but were very happy we made the trip. It was great!”

By the end of the day, over 215 people came aboard the Bay Hydro II. A great turnout for a quick visit to Charm City.

Matt Carter, Survey Technician,  answers questions about surveying and charting aboard the Bay Hydro II.

Matt Carter, survey technician, answers questions about surveying and charting aboard the Bay Hydro II.

Lt.j.g. Bart Buesseler, the Officer in Charge of Bay Hydro II, answers questions along side Bay Hydro II during the Port of Baltimore's National Maritime Day event.

Lt.j.g. Bart Buesseler answers questions alongside Bay Hydro II during the Port of Baltimore’s National Maritime Day event.

Posted May 19, 2015 by NOAA Office of Coast Survey in Nautical charts

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