Behind the scenes

Miriam Anthony, second mate, R/V Western Flyer

Miriam Anthony.

Miriam Anthony.

December 17, 2013

Miriam Anthony loves her role as second mate of R/V Western Flyer. As a key player on MBARI’s largest research vessel, she has a vast range of responsibilities that include standing watch, planning voyages, and various ship operations such as conducting safety inspections or operating the crane. On top of all that, she is the medical officer and the vessel security officer, so, in her words, “If a pirate boards and gets a stomach ache, I can patch him up and handcuff him to the bilge!” Miriam enjoys exploring and learning about the research conducted by the science party onboard. She commented, “Every trip is different and every science group brings something fascinating to the surface.” Although being away from her family and friends is the most challenging aspect of her job, she receives positive support from the crew on the Flyer. Miriam said “it’s so very refreshing” to be surrounded by people who want to be there and also enjoy their jobs. Read a full interview with Miriam.