Feb 27th, 2008 by Nick
This is old news, but I’ve been trying to sort through the gossip, as there are a variety of stories milling around.
When the Nathaniel B. Palmer, a science research vessel, (and, notably, a dry ship), docked at the Ice Pier in McMurdo a few weeks ago, the captain went on a bender and raged through the dorms banging on doors, looking for an old nemesis working in McMurdo. Unable to find the chap, the captain returned to the ship, where he punched one of his crewmates and then fell down the stairs, breaking his fibula. The captain was treated, promptly fired, and flown from the most dangerous continent on the first available flight. The first mate then took over as captain of the ship until a replacement captain could be flown down, and the NBP continued on its mission of no-nonsense scientific investigation.
(Captain, this is classic USAP shenaniganism. If you’d like to paint your side of the story, drop me a line at nick AT bigdeadplace.com.)