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SSV Corwith Cramer Blog

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C241b - Oceanography of the Gulf of Maine

18 July 2012
Position: 41°21.1‘N x 070°46.8’W
Photo Caption: Galley clean-up crew working hard!

Kat reporting here from the Corwith Cramer!! We have just dried off after our Sierra Charlie (SWIM CALL!!!!) off Martha’s Vineyard. The swim was extremely welcome after our very successful Field Day. This morning during Field Day we cleaned out our bunks, scrubbed the soles, made the galley squeaky clean, rocked out to some jammin’ tunes, and basically scrubbed this ship ‘till she shined! With rust stains on our shins, dirt on our arms, and sticky skin we all jumped into the refreshing water and had a blast! Personally, all of the cleaning and swimming drove the looming deadline of the project out of my mind, and I know that it was the same for most of the other students. But now we are back at 1300, waiting for a much needed lunch and working away on our projects! The general mood here is ecstatic with a little bit of sadness, seeing as we are leaving tomorrow and have to say goodbye to everyone! Although we all can’t wait to see our families and friends, we are all wondering how we will deal with sleeping in beds that aren’t pitching and rocking. We are having a successful “Where are your sleeves Wednesday”, although tonight we are having The Swizzle at 2000, where we all dress up (fancy or funny) and enjoy each other’s company for one last night!

We are going off to put the finishing touches on our projects,  so toodles for now (until some of us come back for college abroad programs possibly??)!!!!!

Kat, over and out! (C Watch)



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Hilarious but long!

17 July 2012
Position: 41°21.1‘N x 070°46.8’W
Photo Caption: Lucy and Laura kick off Tradesie-Tuesday!

Greetings from Menemsha Bight! It’s a beautiful day aboard the Corwith Cramer. She has not drifted from her anchorage—our day is off to a good start! Students finished their exams this morning at 0900 and are now working diligently on their projects. They are busily sifting sediments, analyzing organisms under the microscope and turning their data into aesthetically pleasing presentations.

As for the rest of us, the crew has been standing anchor watches, assisting with projects and making bagels! The rock star galley crew (Lucy speaking here, on behalf of the overly humble steward, Shelby), cranked out some homemade (aka Cramer-made) bagels of more variety and a greater degree of deliciousness than you can find at any store or bakery on land. This morning at dawn watch, the smell of sesame, onion, poppy seeds and garlic wafted onto to the quarterdeck and before consumption ensued, mouths were already watering. Let me assure you, it was worth the wait.

With full—and immensely happy—stomachs, the students and crew mustered to discuss the plan for the remainder of the trip. Up ahead, we will be moving anchorage this afternoon, making our way closer to Woods Hole. The students are utilizing the time on respectively “steady” ground to expeditiously —yet thoroughly —complete their very hard work. We, as a crew, greatly admire the work ethic of each student and are proud to watch their hard work as it continues to pay off.

Now that we are adjusted to the sporadic and unconventional sleep patterns of ship life, we have a wee bit of spare time to devote to the little things in life that can uplift everyone’s spirits aboard. Today we are celebrating Tradesie-Twin-Tuesday by swapping styles with another shipmate. After seeing each other in limited attire over the course of the week, everyone’s individual style has become quite apparent. This morning, deckhand extraordinaire, Lucy Nelson (Shelby, now speaking) and 1st Scientist Laura Nelson (relation is still yet to be determined) swapped styles as seen in the picture above. Lucy donned Laura’s trademark Mumu (imported from Hawaii, a Saver’s original) while Laura “bro-ed out” in Lucy’s man-tank and florescent hat. The fun will continue with swaps by myself and deckhand Tristan, as well as assistant steward, Mickey and 3rd scientist, Mitch. Student “Tradesies” in the works include, Gavin and Mia, and Leah and Tyrone. Look forward to more exciting pictures to come home with your hardworking and fun-loving students! If you would like to keep up with our theme days, tomorrow will be “Where are your sleeves Wednesday” followed by “Tank-top Thursday”….in the spirit of finding as many excuses as possible to bring your “guns out” when the sun’s out!

Signing off with fresh shipboard haircuts,
Diligent Deckhand, Lucy and Super Steward, Shelby

P.S. Hi MOM!
P.P.P.S. Fakey I love you!



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16 July 2012
Position: 41° 21.2’ N x 070° 46.8’ W
Weather: Windy with very very brief showers

In the morning, we entered the Cape Cod Canal, and we all came up onto deck to enjoy our first sight of civilization in a week.  By late morning, we arrived into Buzzards Bay.  The morning was spent finishing up our checklists and starting our final exams that are due tomorrow.  During class today, Mitch gave us a very interesting lesson on seabirds.  We had to tack many times this afternoon to maneuver the boat into the channel we wanted to pass through.  By dinner, we had anchored in Menemsha Bight.  With super stations done, there is only some processing for lab watches to do, and being anchored means a less busy deck watch.  Everything seems to be winding down, but we are all excited about the chance to go aloft soon!  Can’‘t believe we only have two whole days left… 

-Representing B Watch (Brenda) 

Picture Caption:  B Watch working on science dawn watch question.



C241b - Oceanography of the Gulf of Maine

15 July 2012
Ship Position:  42° 04.7’ N x 070° 23.4’ W
Red over green sailing machine
Photo Caption: View from the head rig

Despite not having a super station this morning, we had a super Sunday here aboard the Corwith Cramer. We (C watch) watched a beautiful sunrise which appeared over our port side now that we have turned and are heading south back towards whale country, aka Stellwagen Bank. We have all had a very busy day processing data from the super stations and working on our skills checklist! From line-chasing to starting to work on our final exam questions, we barely have had any time to stop and smell the salty sea air. Today the Cramer comprised of students studying pin diagrams of the ship lines, crew members happily checking off skill on our check lists, and watches switching on and off with bits of the delicious meals still being savored. We had our healthy dose of competition with a line-chase in the form of a relay race between watches (congratulations to B Watch for winning with 19 lines chased in 15 minutes)! As we are approaching Stellwagen Bank, we have had more whale sightings every day! Everyone is looking tired but tremendously happy with the amazing work and effort that we are all putting into this ship as a cohesive and happy crew.
Until next time,
C Watch (Kat and Laura)



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14 July 2012
Ship Position:  Off Cape Cod
Weather:  Clear and wind SW Force 3

B Watch finally had their super station today!  We deployed our gear to 275 meters in Wilkinson’s Basin.  After standing morning watch we had a class on ocean gyres and conducted a safety drill. In lab we have been processing our data.  On deck we have been continuing to learn our lines as well as improving our sail handling and boat routines.  Tonight the Cramer is doing her thing, sailing along with her four lowers and the jib tops’l set under a cloudless night with lots of stars in sight!  We have a perfect view of the Milky Way.  It is hard to believe we are already half way through our trip.

-Representing B Watch:  Brandon and Stephen

Photo caption:  Sunset off the Corwith Cramer



C241b - Oceanography of the Gulf of Maine

13 July 2012
Ship Position: 42° 54.9’N x 069° 41.8’W

Picture Caption: “Winkling” in the lab

Today the OGM crew worked on perfecting our gybing and tacking. We are beginning to literally learn the ropes (or more correctly: lines) of Cramer, just in time for force 5 winds. We have also begun testing the products of our deployments for phytoplankton, zooplankton and oxygen. To test the waters’ oxygen levels at different depths we used a process called “winkling”. Because of its’ strange name, the winkling tests also call for strange hats! Below are some photos of the A watch performing some winkling. Outside of the class, when not found on watch, students can be found in their bunks. All of the OGM students are still adjusting to lack of sleep, and long ship watches, and are enjoying our time aboard Cramer!
-Representing A Watch: Meredith, Tyrone, and Will



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Blogs for July 11 and 12

July 11, 2012
Position:  Off of Cape Elizabeth
Weather:  Wind SW Force 3

We have had another successful day on the Corwith Cramer.  Last night we were anchored next to another tallship the S/V Harvey Gamage and this morning while anchored we watched Pride of Baltimore II (another tallship) sail toward Isle of Shoals.  We finished safety orientation this morning and hauled up the anchor before lunch.  C Watch took the deck and we had class at 1430.  Today’s class demonstrated the Shipek grab (for obtaining sediments) and we learned how to hove to, stopping the boat.  Afternoon snack was yet another delicious creation from Mickey and Shelby!  We are now into full watch standing routines and have deployment tonight of our neuston net.  Overall another successful day on the Cramer! 

PS Happy Birthday Kirstin!! Love, Laura

July 12, 2012

Ships Position: Off the coast of Maine
Weather:  Wind SSW Force 4

Today many people are settling into boat life: we have all (finally) mastered using the heads (and showers!!!), we now respond to the sound of a triangle by hurrying to the galley for our next snack/meal, and are now accustomed to the constant rocking of the vessel (& no throwing up yet!). We are also all still adjusting to our 24-hour watch schedule, with only slight drowsiness thanks to the mugs and mugs of tea and coffee we’re consuming! This morning at 0752 we reached our first super station and deployed a net for catching phytoplankton and other organisms. In the lab, we have also been processing Chlorophyll A from water samples taken at various depths and the sediments from the Shipek grab. The weather has been beautiful today-with sunny skies and refreshing wind all day! In class we learned about the Great Circles and acidification of the oceans. Can’t wait to see what’s for dinner and whatever else comes next on the Cramer!


Picture Caption:

Anne and Brenda enjoying sailing on the Cramer!



C241b - Oceanography of the Gulf of Maine

Ships Position:  Anchored off of Isle of Shoals
Weather:  Wind SW Force 3

Ahoy from the Corwith Cramer!  Today we left Appledore Island and joined the crew on the Corwith Cramer.  We are anchored for the night off of Appledore and have enjoyed a busy day of orientation.  We have learned how to make fast a line and deploy science gear. We are now active members of the crew doing boat checks and standing watches.  We have settled into our bunks (which are awesome!) and have enjoyed a fantastic dinner and cookies. Thanks Shelby!!!  We are exhausted and looking forward to bed and a fun filled tomorrow!
Anne and Leah