Believe it or not, there is such a thing as “new ship smell.” It’s an arresting
mix of salty air and newly welded steel, glistening paint, freshly oiled wood and
layers upon layers of protective plastic shielding brand-new instrumentation.
It’s the unmistakable whiff of promise and potential, two things that mark the
coming expeditions of UC San Diego’s latest research vessel, the R/V Sally Ride.