“There are a thousand ways to die on this project—it makes your BASE jumping look positively safe,” said John Garvin. I replied, “Either you don’t know how dangerous BASE jumping is, or this is one of the most extreme undertakings in the history of risk.” In retrospect, both statements are true.
At mid-day we’re on a course of 240 degrees steaming toward Ulithi, forty islets surrounding an enormous, oval-shaped lagoon in the westernmost Caroline Islands.
Mermaid Sapphire is moored firmly to the outermost pier at the eastern end of the harbor. The ship is a hive of work and animated conversations.
This morning, with wind and waves still punishing the ship, we arrived at the high-cliff island of Guam.
We’re one hundred and fifty miles south of Guam and making our way north through what mariners call a Force 6 sea.