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SSV Corwith Cramer Blog

Position information is updated on a workday basis only.



C248c - Science at SEA I


Wednesday 24 July 2013
Current Position: Safely alongside Dyers Dock, Woods Hole, MA

Image Caption: The crew of SAS I for cruise C248C. 

Congratulations to the students and crew of SAS I, it has been great sailing with you. You now know what it means to be a good shipmate - don’t forget those important lessons, and in time you will see how those lessons can be applied to your everyday life. 

Good luck in all your travels and adventures to come.  Remember, weather is everything but don’t forget to consider the copepods. 

Stay in touch and keep an eye out for those Go Pro videos, we will be posting them for you very soon. 

Hope to sail with all of you again in the years to come. 


Chief Scientist Jeffrey Schell
Captain Beth Doxsee



C248c - Science at SEA I


Monday 22 July 2013
Current Location: 41° 23.5’ N x 71° 20.3’ W
Sailing under the mains’l, mainstays’l, forestays’l, jib, and JT

Image Caption: Beautiful Momma Cramer as she sails for the open seas.

C Watch here again, crushin’ the blog. Everyone here is enjoying our last couple of days together on Momma Cramer. Last night we anchored in the mouth of the Sakonet River and spent a quiet night on anchor watch. During this down time, all of the presentation groups worked hard to put the finishing touches on their posters featuring the oceanographic data of our nautical journey.  This morning all the watches had the chance to go aloft! In shifts of four students and a crew member we climbed into the rigging to experience the ship and its surroundings from a bird’s eye view.  The view from the top of the foremast was an inspiring one of the river merging with the sea.  Before setting sail a few of our shipmates and crew members took a ride out in the rescue boat to photograph Momma Cramer under sail.  We raised as many sails as possible and organized the ship so that she would look her best in her close ups.  The rest of the morning was spent practicing for the science presentations.  During our afternoon class time the actual presentations took place.  Every group presented a different aspect of the scientific data we have worked so hard to collect, from sediment sieving to mega fauna observations.  We are all busy planning for tomorrow’s barbeque and talent show, but are also sad that tonight is our last night under sail with SAS.  Hopefully we will experience beautiful sailing conditions tonight. 

  —C Watch
P.S. Hi to everyone on shore!
P.P.S Sophia, I hope you can read this



C248c - Science at SEA I


Sunday 21 July 2013
Current Location: 41° 27.8’ N x 71°14.0’ W
Sailing under the mains’l, mainstays’l, forestays’l, courses’l, tops’l, and raffee

Image Caption:  A Watch rally picture before the big completion!

Today after anchoring, we had the much anticipated line chase! We had been preparing for the competition since first stepping aboard the momma Cramer – learning and practicing more than 70 different lines in our spare time. Intense competition was spurred by thematic team uniforms and war paint. Things got so intense that a highly debatable finish in the first round of the chase resulted in the call for a rematch to determine which watch would be the supreme line chase victors. In the end, it was C watch with their sleeveless muscle tee’s to claim victory. A watch, going by a secret name and painted faces, came in a close behind second place and B watch sporting headbands came in 3rd, but still made a valiant effort. In the end, all watches were reunited as we congo lined around the ship.

For the rest of the day, we’‘ve been sailing South after setting 7 different sails to make the most of the gentle winds. We’re planning on anchoring again tonight up the Sakonet River. In the meantime… it’s dip-netting frenzy!!! We’’ve caught skate eggs, rock-weed with barnacles and bryozoan, and isopods for our ship board aquarium.

Amidst the competitions, sail handling and extreme dip-netting sessions, we’‘ve been working hard in preparing riveting presentations for tomorrow, continuing our ocean data collection and beginning to piece together our poster presentation. Although tired from our busy days, excitement looms for what lies ahead.

Hi to all our family and friends back home!

A Watch



C248c - Science at SEA I


Friday 19 July 2013
Current location: 40° 05.1’ N x 70° 35.5’ W
Sailing under the forestays’l and the mainstays’l

Image Caption: The Champion Watch practices safety at sea using our immersion suits (photo cred to Marissa).

Hello from the SSV Corwith Cramer! C Watch here crushing the blog! Heading north to avoid squalls, we are happy to be offshore and away from the heat. Everyone has enjoyed the fresh salty breeze which we have been experiencing for the last couple of days. Yesterday July 18th C Watch performed the first Super Station of the voyage.  These deployments resulted in the collection of many interesting species and significant data which has been gradually processed during the night and this morning.  Many of us enjoyed an evening jam session with the resident guitars on the roof of the science lab.  It seemed like the perfect end to a perfect day, but in reality, the day was far from over.  The real cherry on top was the surprise arrival of a pod of 20 curious dolphins during sunset.  The dolphins danced and dived directly under the bow, enjoying our company as much as we did theirs. 

A clear night afforded unobstructed views of the moon, stars, and Milky Way during evening, mid, and dawn watches.  The moon was a fantastic orange red color as it set over the horizon, leaving behind bright constellations and the glow of the Milky Way as a backdrop for shooting stars.  We woke this morning to a snapping wind and 7-foot high waves, which benefitted our sailing but not our stomachs.

During morning watch, B Watch performed our second Super Station with the same deployments as the first SS except the Shipek grab because our location directly over Atlantis Canyon meant our depth was too far for the Shipek to reach the sea floor.  The Shipek was instead deployed by C watch once we had reached an acceptable depth. During class, we learned the useful seaman skill of eye splicing.  We are anxious about the approaching cold front, but excited for the adventure that it brings.

—C Watch

P.S. Hi to everyone’s family, Colleen, Dana, Laura, and Mary!  And a special shout out to Carl, wish you were sailing with us!



C248c - Science at SEA I


Thursday 18 July 2013
Current Position: 40°1.9’N x 70°41.1’W
Sail Plan: Sailing under all fore and aft sails.

Image Caption:  First Sunset onboard the Cramer!

Hi Parents!  Yesterday ended with a beautiful sunset.  A Watch had watch from 2300-0300.  Once the moon set, we could see the Milky Way, the giraffe, the big and little dipper, the dragon and the summer triangle.  We also saw lots of bioluminescence.  B Watch saw the sunrise during dawn watch and they wrote a song for their creature feature presentation for afternoon class.  C Watch did the first science super station, consisting of a shipek grab, a secchi disk, carousel, neuston net, and phyto net deployment.  We are currently processing the sediment sample from the bottom, which is also being used as face paint.  During class, the entire crew worked together to tack and watched a demonstration of a neuston net tow.  Everyone has been working very hard to memorize all of the lines on the ship because we’’ll have a line chase on Sunday. 

We are all enjoying watching the ocean from atop the doghouse while listening to some music and enjoying the sun.  Today we were treated to a salt water shower which was wonderful relief from the heat.  We can’’t wait to see the next beautiful sunset from sea.

-A Watch

PS Hi Colleen!... and Laura, Dana, and Mary!



C248c - Science at SEA I


Wednesday 17 July 2013
Current Position: 41°15.0’Nx 71°02.1’W
Sail Plan: Sailing under the 4 lowers and the JT

Image Caption:  Science station 001 already complete, a shipek grab of the sea floor!

Today we set sail from where we were anchored in Tarpaulin Cove and we have officially begun our voyage. So far we have accomplished many things such as completing all drills, setting the mains’l, mainstays’l, and the forestays’l, and deploying different scientific equipment. Our current location is 41°15.0’ N x 71°02.1’ W and life at sea is amazing. The weather has been magnificent even though we have practically no wind. We are all becoming accustomed to this strange yet interesting new life. Learning new skills has been a challenge, however the challenge is what makes it interesting and fun.  Here are some thoughts from our watch mates:

“I’’m excited to go aloft!” – Emma Guyot

I’‘m happy that we are sailing under the 4 lowers and the JT.” – Elina Kent

“I’’m stoked to see a sunrise on the water.” – Ryan Costa

“Going out on to the bowsprit under sail was like flying freely.” – Gabe Nakash

Since we got onboard we have been working extremely hard to learn as quickly as possible the way the ship and everything aboard works. We have already had many adventures such as B watch raising five different sails, deploying scientific equipment that collects sediment and other small life forms, and adventuring out onto the bowsprit. In the time since we starting writing this blog, the wind has increased enough so we can sail instead of motor and we are now sailing into many new interesting experiences.

Thanks B-Watch



C248c - Science at SEA I

Tuesday 16 July 2013

The students of C-248c, Science at SEA I, have departed Woods Hole aboard the Corwith Cramer. They will finish their voyage in Woods Hole around Wednesday July 24th.