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Current position of the SSV Corwith Cramer. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the tools, top right, to change the map style or view data layers.

SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer


May

01

Welcome to Bermuda!

Robert Barlow, Other/B Watch, Montpelier High School/Olin College of Engineering
Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Little Boat, Big Ocean

Ship's Log

Position
32° 23’ N x 064° 41’ W

Description of location
Docked in St. George’s, Bermuda

Weather/Wind
Beautiful

Souls on Board

Hello all,

We finally made it! After a solid ten days of sailing, we docked in Bermuda this morning around 9am. I think I can speak for all of us in saying that seeing Bermuda was a foreign experience, in more ways than one. Since docking, we've tidied up the boat, went over guidelines for port call, and finally were let outside the confines of the hundred feet of the Cramer for the first time in a week and a half. Almost everyone went running away to find internet and reconnect with the rest of the world, myself included, but “leaving” the Cramer was a bittersweet moment for me. Unfortunately, I won’t be staying with the Cramer as it sails to Woods Hole, so this concludes my time sailing with the vessel. However, I’m super excited to check out Bermuda- there’s a beach calling my name.

My role on the boat is Unmanned Aerial Research Vehicle (UARV) pilot and technician, as a member of Archimedes Aerospace. Archimedes is a “small Unmanned Aerial System” (sUAS) company based out of Burlington Vermont. For Archimedes, onboard the Cramer, I setup, troubleshoot, fly and fix the SEA Shark II, the fourth revision of a design created to give aerial image data to SEA vessels. This is my third year onboard the Corwith Cramer sailing from Puerto Rico to Bermuda, and the most successful; This year, we were able to gather some 3,500 images of the ocean surface for use by SEA Semester Students and Staff. One such image is the blog picture for today.

Unfortunately, not all are as exciting as an aerial view of the Cramer, but many hold equal value in terms of scientific analysis. Archimedes’ vision is that someday, two or more UARVs may be carried by each SEA vessel, and be used as a tool by the scientists onboard, much like a CTD deployment or Neuston tow.

Happy Birthday to my Dad and to Lindsey! Nate, 1802 man. Friends and family watching the blog, you guys are the best, and I’ll be home soon. Finally, to John/Archimedes, SEA, Jason, Grayson, Amy- Thank you all so much for providing this amazing opportunity to me. I’m forever indebted to you for the voyages and the opportunities that I have gained due to them.

Take Care,
Robert

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c266  port stops  bermuda. • (1) Comments
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Leave a note for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Anne Hein on May 02, 2016

WOW!  Looking at the curve of our world is a bit scary and intoxicating. Thank you for your work/research.
Anne Hein.


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