Has anyone worked on ECO's Palmer or Gould?

A few years ago I was in contact with one of Chouest’s recruiters about working on the Nathaniel B. Palmer. Unfortunately, they were looking for a 2 A/E and I only had a 3 A/E license. I was wondering if anyone who had worked on either of those two ships would relate their experiences. It was a dream of mine to work on a research vessel that visited some exotic locales and those two were at the top of the list. Maybe someday…


Capt.Rob frequents this board and was the Master for 10 years or so - he worked both vessels. Maybe he’ll see this and respond if he has time.