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Cargo in the Hold

This will be my last post from land. We’re still setting up to do science, but this is so cool I just had to show it to you. We store entire containers on ships. Containers (like the one you saw in the last post) are the big metal things on the back of trucks, and they are heavy! But how do you get an entire container inside a ship?

See the floor where people are standing?


They attach the crane to floor…


And lift it right up! The space you see underneath is called the hold:


Then the container is attached the crane and guided in:


Here it is sitting in the hold:


And here it is in place so that there’s room for another container next to it!


That’s all for now. We plan to set sail tomorrow, January 2nd, at 1pm. FYI, I won’t be able to post as many pictures once we’re at sea, which I think is why I posted so many this time.

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