Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 30, 1974 · Page 30
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 30

Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, June 30, 1974
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PigHD NEWS-HERALD, Panama City, Flu., Sunday, June 80, Ml Jenkins Back From Arctic Dive Although ootn the surtace and underwater scenery were breathtakingly beautiful and the journey was a fruitful one, research oceanographer Wally Jenkins of the Naval Coastal Systems Laboratory here Is liappy to be back in the Florida sunshine after a seven-week arctic diving espedltlon. A member of a 12-man team, Jenkins was involved in Arctic IV, a research and education program of manned diving operations in the frozen areas of Canada. The program was established by the Maclnnes Foundation of Toronto. Diving at a site located at Resolute Bay, almost 600 miles north of the arctic circle and only 90 miles from the north magnetic pole, Jenkins and his fellow divers logged In excess of 300 dives averaging about an hour per man, under five-and-one-half- foot thick ice. Participating in this third arctic expedition, Jenkins operated as a member of a five-man team who called themselves "lifers," whose job was to serve and observe operational techniques of teams of two to six men each that would visit for a period of a Week or so, complete their project, and depart. Each team had a specific task or project that called for special handling in each case. Primary purpose of Jenkins' role was to monitor the diving teams and evaluate equipment and techniques of diving for data he is compiling for a manual on diving in the polar region. He expects to publish his manual sometime this fall. Working at surface tern- teratures that averaged around 5-20 degrees Fahrenheit and tften dipping to 23 below, the livers conducted various itudies of human performances, equipment performance, narine biology, and marine jeology. Underwater tem- >erature during the operation vas 29 degrees fahrenheit. Included was a 25-hour aturation dive in. which two tien lived in a habitat on the Kean floor at 40 feet. The livers in this project were able :o record 10 hours apiece outside their underwater home, inducting studies and doing jseful chores. For their dive, the men were equipped with 'dry suits," which seal water . out at the wrists and neck, and. the hands and head are covered over warm underwear made of thick nylon pile. The men carried out both tethered dives using mixed gas from an attached supply source and free dives with scuba gear. Dives into the frigid waters ranged from 40 to 225 feet; Jenkins personally recorded 23^ hours of diving. For protection from the harsh elements, the divers wore the usual heavy clothing. Since this is the time of the year in the arctic when the sun shines 24 hours a day, an absolutely necessary piece of personal equipment was sun goggles to protect the eyes from the harsh glare of the sun and sfcow. The 24 hours of sun offered many hours of daylight operations which the divers used to good advantage, usually beginning the work day at eight in the morning and toiling until five in the after-' noon. They worked 50 days straight—there was no such thing as a weekend or holiday. Amazingly, the five "lifers'* who stayed on station the entire s ™____ ra period of the expedition did not fai^"'^^^B!|^^^^^I^^^^^^^^P^!'v -V' One interesting observation noted by Jenkins was an oil spill experiment. A total of 150 gallons of oil was released under the sea in a restricted and controlled area and its behavior . ... . . ... ... • . . ... was monitored for six weeks. Divers drill nolesin arctic ice with auger-type, drill. The on permeated into the water and is working its way to RETURNS HOME — Upon his return from an artic diving expedition, research oceanographer Wally Jenkins, of the Naval Coastal Systems Laboratory, is greeted by his wife Sandy and children (left to right) Mark, Greg and Jenni. f the surface, Core samples were taken and studied. A team will go back later and clean up the oil. In a side effort, Jenkins was on hand for a series of deep dives off the coast of Barrow Strait, some five miles from the main diving site, Jenkins In these dives was a topside support diver and helped film the operations. The Maclnnes Foundation diving team landed by aircraft at Resolute Airport and set up the diving village about five miles from the landing field. To maneuver from the diving village to the dive site, a distance of one mile, and also from place to place during the operations, the crew made excellent use of snowmobiles. To transport the heavy equipment, trucks and caterpillars were used. Jenkins found the environment and scenery under the arctic ice "fantastic" and "breathtaking." The water was extremely clear because of the ambient light which provided good visibility, creating a panorama of beauty, reported Jenkins. "As you swim under the five-and-one-half feet of Ice, the ambient light creates a hue of blues, light and dark, with patches of tan sprinkled about, and it looks like a giant cathedral," he said. "Giant icicles hanging down from the ice add to the beauty of this underwater world," he added. How is fishing in that part of the arctic? "Shrimp and clams are plentiful, but scale fish are scarce," says Jenkins. "The shrimp tastes sweet, very much like Maine lobster, and Clams are delicious," he recalls. The diving expedition was filmed by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), Jenkins reports. The film crew filmed sequences of the expedition for a three-hour special on the polar region and plans to make a one-hour program on Arctic IV. The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) has professed an interest in the film and plans a one-hour special to be shown in the U.S., Jenkins was told. Raney House Plans Outlined By Margaret Key APALACHICOLA - Apalachlcola Rotarians heard plans made for restoration of the Raney House, the city-owned 1838 mansion. First steps will be in halting deterioration of the home - a new roof, structural work, paint and other items toward preservation of the exterior. Work should start as soon as the state gives the go-ahead, said architect Willoughby Marshall who has been retained for the restoration. The last State Legislature provided $30,000 toward the old home of the pioneer Raney family. It is already on the National Register of Historic Places. The second phase, as yet unfunded or contracted for, includes the inside work refinishing, plaster, lighting, and moving a wing built in the 1920's as a doctor's office. The wing is planned to be utilized as a separate building in the side yard for civic group meetings and a visitor's center. A landscaped yard with an 1830's garden is projected. Money, the main problem, can be obtained through various government ! agencies, some requiring mat'».. ching funds. Marshall -.stimates the total should be snowmobile was a useful vehicle for transportation in and around the mm forthecom P lete J° b : The diving site. Local Grads Head Frats Two 1971 graduates of Bay County High School are presidents of two Florida chapters of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. Pi Beta Phi, founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Monmouth, 111., is the oldest women's fraternity in the United States. Marie Lyn Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Williams of 1408 East Sixth Court, Panama City, is the active president of Florida Delta chapter of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity at the University of Florida_ in Gainesville. Marie Lyn is a senior majoring in social studies education. Susan Rowell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rex Rowell, Jr. of 909 East 2nd Court, Panama City, is the active president of Florida Beta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity at Florida State University in Tallahassee. She is a senior majoring in early childhood education and library science. The next Boy County Building Contractors exam will be given July 27, 1974 In the courthouse annex at 9 A.M. Anyone interested in taking this exam may call Cindy Finch at 763-3834 or go by the Bay County Road Department 517 e. 9th St. TIRED OF TAXES? Here's how to get investment income] free from Federal Income Tax Invest in Tax Free Municipal Bonds 7%, m% For information, Mail Coupon or Call Collect Fr*« from all Prtstnt Ftdtral Irtcomt TQX Return v T FIRST ALABAMA SECURITIES, INC. 105 r. Gardtn SI., Pinwcola, Fla. 32 $01 Ph. 904-438-757) PENSACOIA BRANCH Name Address City State Zip • Home Phone Business Phone, AVEN MM OHIO AVENUE NWMI URN HAVEN, FLA. 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