Oral history interview with Allen Jorgensen 1997

 

Name
Jorgensen, Allen (Interviewee)
Doel, Ronald (Interviewer)
Title
Oral history interview with Allen Jorgensen 1997
Abstract
Childhood: born Calgary, Canada; family’s return to Jutland, Denmark, 1920-1930; Troy, New York: Danish community 1930-1932; high school: Jersey City, New Jersey, 1933-1937; undergraduate education: Uppsala College, East Orange, New Jersey; travels through American West, 1937-1939: work as movie extra, riding freight trains; WW II: Merchant Marines service: troop training-ship Vema, 1941; coxswain training-ship Empire State, 1941; Murmansk, Russia; seaman to chief mate, 1941-1945; marriage 1945; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory [LDEO] experiences: chief mate LDEO research vessel Conrad, 1967-1969; promotion to Conrad captain, 1969; sailing Southern Hemisphere; ship operations’ costs; Antarctic expeditions; relations between ship crew and LDEO scientists; democratic captaining style versus 19th century captaining style on LDEO’s research vessels; impressions of chief scientists, comparisons between LDEO and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute [Woods Hole] and University of Washington research vessels; Woods Hole ship captain, 1979-1981; Latin American ports; Conrad retirement; losing radio contact in Pacific; Titantic search; Conrad’s layout.
Collection Name
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory oral history collection
Subjects
Research vessels; Jorgensen, Allen; Columbia University; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Vema (Ship)
Format
oral histories; sound recordings
Genre
Interviews
Origin Information
1997
Date
1997
Note (Biographical)
Ship captain.
Note
Interviewed by Ronald Doel on May 16, 1997.
Note (Provenance)
Allen Jorgensen, Gift 1997
Language
English
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Catalog Record
13572992
Also In
Time-Based Media
Persistent URL
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/d8-1d1d-4s75
Related URLs
Available digital content for this interview.