The Morning Call, Monday, February 7, 2005
Story (with photo) by Randy Kraft gives account of local college students, including Catherine Ottinger '06 from DeSales, who encountered rough seas recently, while on the research ship MV Explorer, as it sailed west across the Pacific. The 591-foot vessel lost power in three of its four engines on Jan. 26, when a 50-foot wave broke windows, damaged controls and injured two crew members. The students were among 663 undergraduates from more than 230 colleges and universities nationwide taking part in a Semester at Sea Program through the University of Pittsburgh. According to Ottinger, the harrowing experience taught her to find the good in every situation and that time is precious. The 100-day voyage began Jan. 18 in Vancouver, British Columbia, with more than 900 aboard. In addition to the students and crew members, there were 62 faculty and staff members on the cruise. The group spent several days in Honolulu, Hawaii, while the ship underwent repairs. A visit to Japan was cancelled. The itinerary includes stops in Shanghai and Hong Kong, China; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Chennai, India; Mombasa, Kenya; Cape Town, South Africa; Salvador, Brazil; La Guaira, Venezuela; and concludes in Miami, Florida, in April. The cost of the voyage is $20,000 per person.
Press Release: Fear of floating: School trip no cruise | Posted on: 2/7/2005
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