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R/V Seward Johnson

CATALYST 2 Captain & Crew…

George Gunther, Captain of the R/V Seward Johnson.

Captain George Gunther

George Gunther
Captain, Research Vessel Seward Johnson
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute,
Florida Atlantic University

Holding a degree in business administration and a Master license for ships on all oceans, George Gunther has been working on Harbor Branch ships since 1994. He became captain of the R/V Seward Johnson in 2006, previously commanding four research vessels and a cruise ship after serving four years as a Coast Guard navigator.

As Captain of the R/V Seward Johnson, George Gunther was responsible for all CATALYST 2 at-sea operations, as well as the ship’s crew, aboard the vessel. He ensured all vessel maneuvers and operations were conducted safely and efficiently.

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Crew

Maurice Andrews Maurice Andrews
Seaman

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Erik Bergendahl, Chief Engineer on the R/V Seward Johnson. Erik Bergendahl
Chief Engineer

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Gerard "GB" Bilquin, Steward on the R/V Seward Johnson. Gerard Bilquin
Steward

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Dick Curran
Second Assistant Engineer

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Bob Franks
Assistant Engineer

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Kimberly Heine, Steward Assistant on the R/V Seward Johnson. Kimberly Heine
Steward Assistant

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Christopher Keene, Seaman on the R/V Seward Johnson. Christopher Keene
Seaman

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Bob Kerr, Assistant Engineer on the R/V Seward Johnson. Robert Kerr
Assistant Engineer

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Phillip Kravitz, 2nd Assistant Engineer on the R/V Seward Johnson. Phillip Kravitz
Second Assistant Engineer

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Loren Lange, Seaman on the R/V Seward Johnson. Loren Lange
Seaman

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Bob McMillen,<br /> Chief Engineer. Bob McMillen
Chief Engineer

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Charles Ormiston
Assistant Engineer

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Michael Schoeller, Chief Mate on the R/V Seward Johnson. Michael Schoeller
First Mate

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Mort Smedley
Mate

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Tyler Thayer, Seaman on the R/V Seward Johnson. Tyler Thayer
Seaman

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Dan Timm, Mate on the R/V Seward Johnson. Daniel Timm
Mate