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SSV Corwith Cramer Blog

Position information is updated on a workday basis only.



C248b - WHOI / MIT


Wednesday 10 July 2013
Position:  41° 20.5’ N x 070°57.9 W (Almost home!)

Today was the last full day underway and we’re finishing as we started with more deployments. We dedicated the last two carousels to Tom as a birthday present and it seemed very fitting to bring the final one back on deck as the sun was rising. With the sampling wrapped up, a great day of downwind sailing followed. We set the course for the first time and enjoyed a post-class show of humpbacks breaching off the port side of the ship. Now as we sail towards land and enjoy the last night at sea, I’ll leave you with some poems written by dawn watch. Chuck Lea normally writes poems as part of his night orders, and today the dawn lab watch decided to fill in, inspired by the nighttime deployments.

The Corwith Cramer is not a yawl,
Replenish your soul with this tucker trawl.
Two more carousels make Tom smile,
We gave him an inch, he took a mile.
But for his birthday it seems fair,
To give him one more CTD pair.
Then to home as following winds increase,
I hope time on the ocean brought you inner peace.

Into inky depths
Silently slips final cast
Under pale dawn light

Bathing in the sun
Sits the carousel on deck
Until the next cruise

And fish on! Perhaps after field day tomorrow we’ll enjoy some fresh fish. Until then, here’s to a good night of sailing and once again, happy birthday Tom!

Kristen Hunter-Cevera (WHOI/MIT 4th year)



C248b - WHOI / MIT


Tuesday 09 July 2013, 09:47
Position: 39° 49.2’ N x 70° 19.2’ W

Photo Caption: Dolphins riding the bow

Monday’s blog coming a day late from C watch. Dawn watch was exciting with our first tucker trawl, a triple net used to catch organisms at different depths while being towed. The first two nets provided a lot of krill, shrimp, a few small fish, as well as a very cool eel larva. The eel was completely translucent, but with a clear spine going through it (very familiar to anyone who has had eel sushi).

The third net provided the most excitement, bringing up a phronemid amphipod. For those not familiar, this little critter is what the Alien for the movies Alien, Aliens, Alien vs. Predator, etc. is based on. We found the alien inside a salp (a small jelly creature related to humans, rather distantly) which the alien had eaten the insides of and was using as a brooding shell. Phronemid amphipods are special for their care of their young, rather than setting them loose on the world. Our first view of the alien was it climbing out of the salp casing, and I must say it looked eerily similar to the Alien coming out of a human chest.

Putting science over our own lives, we have attempted to contain the alien in formaldehyde to return to WHOI. We hope that formaldehyde will kill the creature, but chances are high that it will only make it stronger. Any movement coming from the science lab will surely result in a mass exodus to the life rafts. Don’t worry though, we’ll make sure we bring the cat.

Thomas Sayre-McCord (MIT/WHOI, University of North Carolina)
Jenny Wehof (MIT/WHOI, Stevens Institute of Technology)



C248b - WHOI / MIT


Sunday 07 July 2013
Position: 40° 14’ N x 70° 44.9’ W

Photo caption: Sunset through the rigging off the starboard side of Cramer.

Today started out with a fine weather as we sailed northward on the east line of the U-shaped transect over the shelf break. We have been sampling over the shelf break with CTDs, gathering not only instrument data (salinity, temperature, chlorophyll-a, light availability, and water clarity) but also some water samples. The first part of our water sampling included water for chlorophyll-a filtering and nutrients. Now on this last part of the transect, we are continuing to take water samples for nutrients, and managed to complete the last station on this leg of the transect line by 1600hrs today.

While the B watch was on duty Bennet, who was standing on the bow watch, spotted a pod of 5 dolphins. Riding on the wake of the ship for a good several minutes, they were definitely a spectacular sight to enjoy. In the afternoon, Rocky H (Chief Mate) gave the A watch a practice run for staying aloft on the tall ship. Some of us did not reach too high up, yet we all enjoyed the experience of staying up on the high ground and grabbing onto something for your lives while Cramer swayed to the swells.

Stay tuned for more sampling updates as we approach Atlantis Canyon, including Tucker Trawls for zooplankton, shipek grabs for sediment, and more CTDs!

Signing off,
Chawalit “Net” Charoenpong (MIT/WHOI, UMass Dartmouth)
Samuel Levang (MIT/WHOI, Macalister)



C248b - WHOI / MIT


Friday 05 July 2013, 4:01 pm
Postion: 40° 20.1’N x 071° 10.0’W
Photo Caption: Some of the crew celebrating July 4th in style on the quarterdeck.

C watch checking in after a long morning on dawn watch.  As is standard (I believe) we were working in the lab, thus have acquired the responsibility, privilege rather, of composing today’s blog.  Nothing extraordinarily eventful happened on our watch, as we did not make it to the first station prior to being relieved, however we did pass time by essentially just naming places (the rules of the game were a touch more structured, but ‘taking turns naming places’ pretty much sums it up)

On the contrary, we hear A-watch had quite an eventful watch, deploying 2 CTDs and spotting a whale and a turtle.  They claim the turtle was waving at them but we contest it was just flailing in the water.  Far less romantic.

This afternoon, we met for class and after hearing the weather and science report did some sail work honing our gybing technique, which is always a good time. While many are familiar with tacking (turning the bow of the boat through the wind), gybing is the opposite- turning the stern of the ship through the wind to change tack. Here on Cramer, we use gybing a lot to help us maneuver where we need to go and help to get onto science stations.

Anyhow, I am off to sleep more, but hopefully someone caught a picture of that flailing turtle as proof. Having successfully managed to sleep through every part of the trip except for our watches and class, I fear I have little more to offer except for dreams of CTDs and turtles. So I leave you with the question that we pondered over dinner tonight: can you find three foods where any choice of two of the three foods will taste good together, but the three together taste terrible?

Peace out from the Atlantic,

Tyler Rohr: MIT/WHOI (Undergrad: Duke)
Thomas Sayre-McCord:MIT/WHOI(Undergrad:UNC)



C248b - WHOI / MIT

Tuesday 02 July 2013

Students of the MIT/WHOI Joint Program are scheduled to board the Corwith Cramer for the “Jake Peirson Summer Cruise” on the afternoon of Wednesday July 3rd.  They will finish their voyage in Woods Hole, MA on July 12th.