Robert Charles Harriman Crane (R.C.)
is 6'2, lean, with brown, curly, hair, and green eyes. He is 37
years old, the son of Admiral Lee Crane, and his first wife, the
late Cathy Connors Crane. He favors his father in his looks and
bearing but he has his mother's eyes.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval
Academy at Annapolis. Graduating first in his class, he chose
the Submarine Service. His mentor was Admiral Harriman Nelson,
and he was influenced by the Admiral to take his other studies
in Marine Science, and later earned a PhD in that discipline.
He is a talented scientist like Admiral Nelson, but he also
knows that he will never equal his mentor's achievements.
He is the driving force behind the
Nelson. The new boat was his idea and concept, and he
kept pushing the powers in Washington, and at the Federal Bureau
of Marine Exploration (FBME) to build her. Her successful
launch is his biggest achievement. He has done work for the
Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), an ex-SEAL, as well as being
qualified as a Dive Officer.
Robert is also qualified to fly the
Flying Subs that are berthed on the boat, just as his father
was. His status at the Institute is that of Director of
Scientific Research and Development, and he is the Operations
Manager for the SSRN Nelson.
He and his father, Admiral Lee Crane, Director of
the Institute, are often at odds, but they have a good working
relationship, and the Institute continues to make news in all of
its’ fields of research and the activities of the new boat.
Most of all, he is determined to carry on the ideals and beliefs
of Harriman Nelson and keep the Institute at the leading edge of
research on the earth, and beneath the sea.