SEA Currents: life at sea
Halloween comes to the Corwith Cramer
Happy Halloween everybody!
So where to begin so much has happened just today and it’s hard to figure out where to start. I guess I’ll start with this, today was the beginning of phase II, The Shadow Phase. During this phase, we students are given more opportunities to be put into leadership rolls. That could be anywhere from calling the striking or a setting a sail or calling a gybe (that’s a way of turning the boat, mostly used to get ready for science).
One Thousand Nautical Miles
I don’t even know where to begin when attempting to describe to you my time onboard the ship thus far. It has been a crazy time of ups and downs, all of which are memorable in their own ways. Thankfully for me, most of the seasickness has finally passed (besides the natural fatigue that accompanies life onboard).
Another beautiful day and another beautiful sunrise and sunset. Out here in the middle of the ocean, these are my favorite thing to move relative to… that and 6 meals a day!
The seas have been laying down a bit, making working and moving around the vessel a bit easier. The Main Engine has been off for a good chunk of the last two days, which is nice for the engineer. Makes my world a bit quieter and cooler.
DEFEATING THE MUNG: Field Day #1
Greetings from the Corwith Cramer crew! Hope everyone on land is having (had?) a great weekend! I’m writing to you from the freshly cleaned library of our freshly cleaned ship! Today was field day and for those of you not in the know and wondering how we could possibly host a lively array of lawn activities and sporting events on a tall ship in the middle of the ocean, field day is when we clean the ship from the heads to the soles!
24 Hours is Not Enough
Over the past few days, the rough waves, interesting shower situations, and deck restrictions have triggered many spiritual conversations with Poseidon in search of smoother sailing. Someone must have spoken to him ‘cause this morning, we woke up to the open deck sign and gentler waves.
It’s hard to believe how little time has passed because I feel like we have been up to so much during the 9 days C-275 has spent on the Cramer. Last Friday, we left the WHOI dock and this Friday, we find ourselves in full watch schedules, working on our Creature Feature Infotainment assignment, and most urgent and exciting learning the lines in preparation for the Great Line Chase on Monday! There seems to be so much to look forward to.
Listening for Whales off Tonga
We have been deploying a hydrophone each morning during our science station to hopefully pick up on whale song along our cruise track. Humpback whales breed and calve in Tongan waters each year and we’ve seen them blow, breach, and flap around periodically.
One question we’ve faced while listening to the hydrophone is, what noises are generated from the boat and what sounds are actually from the whales?
Today, during our hydrophone, the science team was able to isolate vessel noises thanks to support from Ted and Mike, our engineers on board.
Can’t Spell Competition Without C (watch)
Back in Woods Hole our captain, Jay, had told us that we will make a ton of mistakes which is encouraged, but the key is to not make the same one twice. Today was our 30th day on the ship and I’m still managing to make a million mistakes a day. Each watch holds a new challenge and with it a plethora of ways to screw it up. However today for C watch was a rather successful day. We all rolled out of bed just before noon after a very strange evening watch.
A Bucket Full of Hope
In times of frustration, hardship, sorrow, or in this instance, very inclement weather, we often look to someone or something that acts as a beacon of hope. In the last 24 hours, for myself, my mate on watch, and several others aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, this shining light in the darkness has come in the form of a tiny, white bucket – one that is frequently overlooked and often, quite literally thought of as trash.
Thirty Days On
Today marks one month since my shipmates and I boarded the ship in American Samoa. In many ways the time aboard has flown, yet Pago Pago seems like ages ago. The boat has definitely become my home in these short 30 days. It’s tough to imagine taking a shower everyday, sleeping in a perfectly still bed, or being awakened by an alarm. Ship life is my new normal, and I kind of dig it.
Dawn Watch in a Squall
As C-275 falls into the rhythm of life onboard Cramer I think a realization has come to all of us, that hours on watch seem to crawl by while days at sea are faster than the blink of an eye. Thinking of my upcoming evening watch is almost stunning as I swear I was just sleeping through breakfast after going to sleep at 0130 yesterday. Our schedule is hectic for sure but I can definitely feel myself slipping in and becoming part of the organized chaos.