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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
Greetings from the Corwith Cramer! We are currently anchored off of Aquidneck Island on the Sakonnet River in Rhode Island. An anchor watch is currently in effect which means that the watch responsibilities we had at sea have changed to fit the needs of the ship. On anchor watch, we continue doing boat/safety checks in addition to taking bearings from objects on land and checking the ranges on the radar to make sure the boat is not dragging. We will be heading to Newport on Tuesday.
I would just like to preface this blog post with a quick statement: I absolutely love being out at sea! Every day has been an adventure and the whole experience is incredibly rewarding. With that being said, there have definitely been moments, especially at 3 or 4 in the morning, when I’m half asleep and looking through a microscope, counting copepod after copepod after copepod, wondering why on earth I’m sitting in the dark lab and not fast asleep in my bunk. However, today made every dawn watch, every bruise, every policy paper completely worth it.
Living on the Cramer has filled our lives with many exciting moments≈today specifically was full of amazing moments. My day started out with morning watch, where I shadowed the C watch mate, Rebecca Johnson. Initially, watch seemed to be moving along like most other morning watches on deck, we scrubbed the deck, wrote out the weather, and did boat checks, while the lab persons did science. However, our morning policy class was interrupted by something we have been lacking: clumps of Sargassum!
Today when I first went up on deck for watch (0650), I knew something was different. By 0900 I had figured it out. The water was grey, not the brilliant blue we were all used to. Of course, I questioned myself and had to ask my mate, Scott, if the water was a different color. He kind of rolled his eyes at me saying “yes…” as if it should have been obvious. I replied that I didn’t like it and he laughed. We had entered the Gulf Steam overnight! I was a little sad I missed it.
Hi everyone, here is the Portuguese guy speaking/talking/righting to you. The swells keep on rocking and rolling the ship from side to side and leaving their mark on the crew…either by rocking them to sleep (I’m not saying that that is my case!...although it might be…) or simply by throwing stuff from side to side and making progress on science and navigational work slower. Sea-sickness seems to have disappeared from the crew, everyone is doing way better!
09 May 16, 10:27- Someone told me I look tan. (This is not common occurrence, as I am typically either extremely pale or have a peeling sun burn.)
The westerly winds we have begun to encounter have continued to make for some of our best sailing. For a few hours this morning we were traveling at about 7 knots, a relatively high speed for us thus far. The large swells from yesterday have carried over into today, with some as high as 12 feet.
Well, the storm passed and we are under way. It was fairly clear and sunny this morning when we woke up and we made our final preparations for leaving the Isle of Bermuda. This involved waking up early and getting back into our normal watch schedule. We pulled up dock lines, took off sail ties, and prepped the boat to get underway. It almost went off without a hitch, but the anchor we had set out to keep us off the dock during the previous days’ wind and rain had dug deep and required quite a bit of hauling and maneuvering of the boat to pull up.
Today marked our last day in Bermuda. We were supposed to leave this morning. However, due to windy conditions, we had to delay our departure to tomorrow. Before leaving, we had one more field day, wherein we gave the Cramer an intense wash. So, as the winds blew and the waves rolled, we cleaned every corner of the ship. For some reason, these were the dirtiest they’d ever been. Perhaps, we’ve mastered the art of cleaning and become experts at finding hidden dirt.
The weather today is glorious. We’re all happy to be safe and warm in St. George’s harbor! It’s a small jalapeño (a little chilly) outside. Small whitecaps lap at our boat and the dock, sending salt spray into the air. Winds steadily rip around the island of Bermuda and are periodically punctuated with awesome gusts (one such gust was 50 knots!). Rain has been both perpendicular and parallel to the ground.
While the last few days have been balmy, I think most of us are glad to be in port today. Winds are gusting and the sky is dark. Behind us, the professional oceanographic research vessel Atlantic Explorer has pulled into the dock, cutting their sampling expedition short for the weather.