The “Nathaniel B. Palmer” is the US research vessel I have seen two weeks ago in the dry dock in Devonport, Auckland, and now I had the chance to visit her last Friday in Lyttelton. We were a small group and we got a very interesting tour through the ship. The captain spoke to us and we had the chance to discuss some details about the way how research logistics can work and how many institutions are involved in such endeavours. People were busy on board to load and store technical equipment and provision.
Nathaniel B(rown) Palmer was a sealer from the US. He has an anniversary this year: he died on 21 June 1877. He discovered parts of the Antarctic Peninsula. Palmer was also a ship designer, explorer and sailing captain. Palmer station is named after him as well.
It was an interesting afternoon.