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SSV Corwith Cramer Blog

Position information is updated on a workday basis only.

Aug

14

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013; 16:00
Position: 41° 21.506’ N x 70° 45.050’ W
Heading: Anchored in Tarpulin Cove
Speed: 0 knots

Our last day aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer was a huge success. We cleaned the entire boat from top to bottom, including the galley, heads (bathrooms) and all common areas. Students packed away all of their things during the “bunk love” session, as well as helped to clean science equipment, scrub the deck, furl the sails and so much more. We even had the opportunity to swim before lunch. Many jumped off of the bow sprit, plummeting 20 feet down into the ocean below. After lunch, students participated in the Cramer Olympics, which consisted of six events: archery, discus, water polo, triathlon, referee training and gymnastics. While those titles do not quite describe the events that actually occurred, the entire crew had a blast watching and participating.

After some serious chill time, our amazing stewards served a wonderful buffet dinner on deck during sunset. The night then continued on to Swizzle, a talent show type of performance set that included singing, jokes, knotical humor, rap, and tearing an apple in half. All of the acts put on a great show, and it was an awesome final farewell to the Cramer. As the night goes on, and the crew take their final watches, we plan to arrive at Dyer’s Dock around 8 and 9 am. We have had a marvelous voyage, unbelievable experiences and met some of the most wonderful people we have ever known. From the decks of the SSV Corwith Cramer, good night and fair winds.

Alexison (on behalf of A Watch)

Aug

12

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Monday, 12 August 2013

A quick addition to today’s blog….while coasting along under the 4 lowers and tops’l we reached neuston speed! So while sailing along at 2 knots we deployed the net and then the rescue boat! Several of the ship’s crew went out in the rescue boat to capture us under sail towing our net. And it seemed like a great opportunity for a class picture! The net quickly became full of salps and the tow was cut short, but got a great photo shoot out of it and a lot of memories.

C 248-E SAS III

Aug

12

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Monday, 12 August 2013, 17:08
Position: 41° 0.9’’ N x 070° 51.63’ ’W
Heading: 000° True
Speed: about 0.5 knots

Image Caption: A Watch goes aloft!

As we head back to Vineyard Sound, the beauty of the open ocean continues to reveal itself to the crew onboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. In the past 24 hours, we have had gorgeous sailing weather during both day and night. Striking sunsets and the Perseid meteor shower have provided the night watches with boundless entertainment. In the morning hours, students witnessed the green flash at sunrise, as well as a friendly visit from a pod of bottlenose dolphins.

As our time here on the Cramer winds down, the crew are beginning to explore the high reaches of the ship. Many of the watches began aloft training early this morning and afternoon. The students are eager to climb as high as possible. We also had a second encounter with a pod of common dolphins that swam right along the bow of the ship. Some students were lucky enough to witness this marvelous spectacle from the head rig nets at the bow of the ship. Between science, recreation and sailing, everyone is doing all they can to make the most of our last few days aboard the majestic Corwith Cramer.

The Awesome A’s (A Watch)
Alison, Alex, Savannah, Maddie, Aaron, Justin, Liv, Mateo, Juliana (3rd Scientist), Janet (Deckhand), and Sarah (1st Mate)

Aug

11

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Sunday, 11 August 2013, 17:30
Position: 39° 47.9’ N x 070° 00.7’W
Heading: 015° True
Speed: about 5 knots

Image Caption: Mateo, Aaron and Alex working in the head rig!

Hello! Today we deployed our third and final superstation, and now we are heading north to return from the DEEP. The weather today has been beautiful with clear skies and calmer seas, making our trek northward much easier. Everyone is really enjoying their time here now that the majority of seasickness has passed.

Part of the superstation included sending decorated Styrofoam cups down 2500 meters, where the immense pressure shrunk them to the size of very small cups! Last night as we approached the edge of the DEEP during mid-watch, B watch also deployed the 2-meter net down 400 meters and the neuston above it. The 2-meter brought in buckets and buckets of salps, but we managed to dig through the salps to find some hatchet fish, phronemid amphipods, and deep-sea shrimp, among other organisms. 

In other news, today’’s class included the Line Chase! For those of you who have no idea what this is, the Line Chase is a competition/race to test each watch’s knowledge of the ship’s lines. Despite the label of “underdogs” and our lack of a deckhand, B Watch won! I’‘m extremely proud of my watchmates and A and C watches gave valiant efforts as well, tying for a very close second place. Only one cart after us! After that, we all gathered to learn how to make Turks Head bracelets and anklets.

Sadly, our time on the Corwith Cramer is already halfway over, and from now on we’ll be sailing north back to Woods Hole. Hopefully the weather will stay this clear so that we can stargaze and maybe even search for a green flash!

Natalie K. on behalf of B Watch

Aug

10

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Saturday, 10 August 2013
Weather: 24 C. Wind: Force 4. Waves: 4-6 ft. Wind Direction: W
Position: 39° 58.7’ N by 70° 08.8’ W
Speed: 4.3 kts
Heading: 180 S to the Deep

After our sleep of kings, C watch (Emily, Marcus, Walle, Andy, Molly, Daniel, Jessenia, Sabina)  is feeling much better as seasickness has abated. Today during class we had a fun, edible lab involving M&Ms and the way light is absorbed by the ocean. We observed how deep we could see different colors of M&Ms as we dropped them over the side of the Cramer. We also analyzed our data from the superstation, including what we got from the Neuston net, the carousel, and the sediment grab.

As for sailing, we’ve just recently raised the jib topsail and the topsail, which required the maneuvering of many lines. We are sailing on a beam reach out to the DEEP water to deploy a new net tonight. The 2 meter net will be towed during mid-watch with the neuston net, and we are excited to see what it will bring up!

-C watch

Aug

09

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Friday, 09 August 2013, 2000 hours
Location: Sailing South towards the shipping lanes and our slope water superstation
Weather: Wind S’ly Force 5, seas 4-6 feet
Sail Plan: Sailing under the 4 lowers (mainsl, mainstays’l, forestays’l and jib)
Course and Speed: Course steered 150° psc


It has been an exciting 24 hours on the SSV Corwith Cramer! As we made our way out of Vineyard Sound, we encountered a strong headwind. This caused some difficulty as we tried to sail our way south against the wind. In these last 24 hours, we have performed 15 maneuvers, such as tacks and jibes, in order to keep on course. Now that we are in open water, we do not need to maneuver quite as often, but we have now encountered rougher waters. Despite the difficult weather conditions, and the occasional seasick crewmember, we managed to deploy a lot of science equipment to collect samples that are being processed by students in the lab. During our morning superstation on the shelf water we deployed the shipek grab, secchi disk, carousel and neuston net. While at sea, we have seen whale spouts, squid that are very attracted to toothpaste, and most excitingly, a pod of common dolphins that swam alongside the boat.  And during afternoon class various students reported on three different topics. Rowan, Natalie and Eli told us about the ‘green flash’, Allison and Justin did a navigation report on where we have been and where we are going and finally Michael and Clara gave us an overview of the weather forecast for the next few days. It has been an exciting start to our journey!

A Watch

Aug

08

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Thursday, 08 August 2013 1840hrs
Position: 41° 21’ 36.71 N x -70° 53’ 51.75 W
Location: Sailing under the four lowers out of Vineyard Sound

Photo Caption: B Watch hauling the main sheet during a gybe!

Today the students of SAS III had another wonderful day aboard Mama Cramer, familiarizing themselves with the ships routine and had a full morning of orientations in the Lab, in Line Handling, the Engine Room, and the Watch Quarter and Station Bill. Following these orientations, the entire crew ran through drills of three different emergency situations, and what their responsibilities are in such situations. The three different situations being Man Overboard, Fire/Emergency, and Abandon Ship. After drill walk throughs, the entire ships company prepared the Corwith Cramer for her adventure to THE DEEP. After a lovely lunch, we weighed anchor in Menemsha Bight and set sail under the Mains’l, Mainstays’l, Forestays’l and Jib (aka the four lowers) for the open North Atlantic ocean, with B watch on the deck. The sailing has been lovely thus far and everyone is looking forward to the first science superstation tomorrow morning!!

Peace and Love from the Galley,
Lauren Heinen and Marissa Shaw

Aug

07

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Wednesday, 07 August 2013, 2000hrs.
Location: Anchored Menemesha Bight, Martha’s Vineyard

Photo caption: Students and staff preparing to get underway!

The students of SAS III arrived safely this afternoon to the Corwith Cramer at Dyers Dock in Woods Hole, MA. After getting off the dock in the late afternoon we made our way to the far end of Martha’s Vineyard by motor sailing down the sound under the fore and main stays’ls. Moments before the ringing of the all hands dinner bell we anchored here in the bight. After a filling meal and a little birthday celebration for Maddie we are now in full orientation mode. The students are rotating through orientation in the galley, doghouse, lab and on a boat check this evening. Soon the students will enjoy their last full night of sleep and tomorrow we will continue orientating the ships company to how to operate the vessel safely before departing our anchorage shortly after lunch. We are all excited for the voyage we have embarked on and looking forward to the adventures that will follow! Continue to follow this blog for more from SAS III in the coming days.

For now, fair winds.
Colleen Allard, Master SS/V Corwith Cramer

Aug

07

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Wednesday, 07 August 2013
Location: underway from Woods Hole

The Corwith Cramer departed the dock this afternoon with the students of C248e, Science at SEA III.

Aug

06

C248e - Science at SEA III

Tuesday, 06 August 2013

The students of C-248e, Science at SEA III, are scheduled to depart Woods Hole aboard the Corwith Cramer on Wednesday the 7th. They will finish their voyage in Woods Hole around Thursday August 15th.