SEA Currents: line chase
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).
Learning the Lines
Join Ben Harden, Chief Scientist, and Jay Amster, Captain, as they stroll the deck listening to students learning their lines. This is a critical step towards being able to set and strike sails, even in the dark. We end with a tradition onboard: the line chase!
This morning I woke up around 0600, hearing mention of this thing called “land” from the quarter deck. I went up on deck to check it out, and, sure enough, there was the faint outline of Tonga in the distance! (Sierra claims the title of being the first person ever to see Tonga.)
Are You a 10?
Hello from the lifeboat! Obviously kidding, there are no computers on a life boat. In all seriousness, we are still aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, and we are all safe. On the starboard side (right) there is the ocean and, I bet you can guess, on the port side (left) is also the ocean. We are still sailing north in the EEZ of Kiribati, and we have set the two square sails rendering us a more refined version of The Black Pearl. In two days we will hopefully be in the presence of land.
Race to the Finish Line
Greetings land dwellers!
Today has been a historic day on the Corwith Cramer. Today, during our designated class time, 16 students competed to prove their seaworthiness in the famous challenge appropriately deemed the Line Chase. After weeks of fumbling with ropes, afraid to meet the disappointing gazes of our mates and scientists as we attempted to strike the mains’l with the forestays’l downhaul, one watch was crowned victorious.
Practically All Salps
When I signed up for my blog post day I picked a day in the middle of the trip between Russell and Wellington because it was the longest haul and it would have been the longest since anyone at home would have heard from me. What I did not account for were the lack of original topics in the middle of a cruise with minimal wind. Fortunately for me today was our deck practical!
Ashore in St John, USVI
Good afternoon from the SSV Corwith Cramer. This morning Williams-Mystic S17 went ashore in St John, U.S. Virgin Islands. As the sun rose, we took the small boat ashore to gather on an empty beach for class and snorkeling. Prof. Mike Nishizaki and I discussed the geography, geology, conservation, and reef ecology of St John. Next, TA Hannah Whalen reviewed snorkeling safety. Students put their notebooks down, and then paired up to explore the reef a few steps away. As we swam, pelicans dove for small fish.
Man the Braces, Let’s Gybe
Today was quite a fun, busy and educationally competitive day. ‘B watch’ began the day by relieving the dawn watch A at 0700. The morning was on the rough side as we began our day by sailing through 10-12 foot swells. Due to the fact that the ride was quite rocky it held challenging conditions for deploying science equipment off of the port side science deck. However, nothing holds a true scientist from researching and learning.
A Friendly Competition
Hello from the Other Side (of the Atlantic)
What a day! Today started with a morning wake up by John where I accidentally clawed his face in the process of proving my alertness and readiness for watch. He was alarmed. Next to a breakfast of incredible oatmeal and yogurt. Following this was watch in the lab. Exciting to be sure, but already previously explained (in the last blog post). However, along the lines of excitement, the whole crew had a “friendly” competition today.
Fun things that were New-New at Anchor in Whangamumu
I woke up for our morning watch, and as I clambered onto the quarter deck, all I could see around us in a 360 degree view, was a beautiful, green, landscape. And my initial thought was ‘how in the heck did we get in here?!’
This was accomplished by some serious maneauvers, clear communication, and teamwork while being “pelted in the eyes” by rain says Captain Pamela.