By Pooja Shah
Summer interns sometimes get to do amazing things, and a recent task I was assigned is an example. A recent Monday morning found me, anxious and excited, at Riverbank State Park, in New York City, onboard to help the crew of the EPA’s Ocean Survey Vessel Bold. My assignment was to take visitors on tours through OSV Bold during several days when it was open to the public.
OSV Bold is EPA’s coastal and ocean observation ship. The mission of OSV Bold is to collect samples to help analyze the effects of man’s activities on ocean and coastal waters. Formerly owned by the U.S. Navy, the OSV Bold was used as an intelligence gathering vessel during the Cold War. Now, the ship has been completely converted to support the crew and scientific equipment needed for her mission.
Arguably even better than its history and technology, the OSV Bold contains, in my opinion, the best crew out there. I haven’t been on many ships before and certainly never any ocean survey vessels, so maybe I’m not speaking from much experience. Still, when you’ve got a crew that is caring, friendly, and committed to their work, you’ve got a team that’s one-of-a-kind. A team that’s Bold.
But that’s not even my favorite part. The best part of my day was being able to show other people everything the OSV Bold had to offer. From explaining her fascinating history to children and seeing their expressions to watching as the crew demonstrated her sample collecting equipment and the computer images they generate, OSV Bold took on a new meaning for me as I proudly became a part of her family for two days.
Perhaps the Bold was given her name because of her incredible and dangerous past. Or perhaps because her crew performs tasks everyday that help make our water better and better – no small feat. In the end, being aboard the OSV Bold, means being bold yourself.
About the Author: Pooja Shah is a Public Affairs Summer Intern for the EPA Region 2. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Economics at the George Washington University.
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