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SEA Currents: Apr 2014


April 25, 2014

Research Symposium Prep

Drew Gustafson, A Watch, Bowdoin College

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All was quiet on deck.  The on watch was taking care of ship’s business, but they comprised all of the souls present to enjoy the fresh air breezing briskly through the sails.  You might think I could be describing Mid-Watch, detailing a scene in the dead of night, but as it was, the sun was shining brightly on this fine day.  So where were the students?

Deep in the belly of the ship, we were hard at work, completing the final touches to our research project presentations, awaiting the start of the 2014 S252 Research Symposium.

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April 25, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 25 April 2014

Mandy Camp & Callie Bateson, Stetson University & Rollins College

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So, you have all heard about our science, but what is ship life really like? What do we do on “watch”? Our watch rotation is a means of keeping tabs on our progress and safety aboard the Corwith Cramer. There are two six-hour day shifts and three four-hour night shifts in a 24 hour period. A watch group typically is responsible for one day shift and one night shift, and these rotate in a three day cycle. So, on Monday you may have watch from 0700-1300, and then again from 2300-0300.


April 24, 2014

New Habits

Sarah Hamilton, A Watch, Colorado College

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Twenty four hour periods slip by inconspicuously on the boat, where our schedules revolve around the changing of the watch and the hourly ding from the ship’s chronometer. It seems like time has been even sneakier in passing lately, as we have become more in tune with the schedule of ship life, transitioning smoothly from sleep to watch to class to meals to sleep.repeat.  Nevertheless, we have somehow crossed off over thirty calendar days since first arriving on the ship, and the end of our journey is creeping closer.

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April 24, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 24 April 2014

Kiah Walker, Williams College

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As there have been large swells all day today, we are currently “hove to,” meaning that the sails are set such that we are not using them to make forward progress. Rather, they are helping to keep us steady while we ride out the rolling seas and strong winds, which fortunately happen to be helping us drift toward Bermuda. We are due to arrive in port in just a few days!


April 24, 2014

SEA Scientists estimate total mass of plastic particles littering North Pacific subtropical gyre

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SEA Semester® undergraduates aid collection efforts informing plastic “garbage patch” studies in Pacific Ocean

An estimated 21,290 metric tons of plastic particles are currently floating in the North Pacific subtropical gyre, with a mass equivalent to 132 Boeing 747 airplanes or 120 blue whales. This estimate, the most complete and accurate evaluation of Pacific Ocean plastic pollution to date, comes from eleven years of plastic debris collection and the efforts of over 1,700 undergraduate students studying abroad with SEA Semester, operated by Sea Education Association (SEA) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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April 23, 2014

Trade Winds Sailing

Doug Nemeth, Captain

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We’re currently experiencing one of the epic days of sailing on this trip. The NE trade wind is blowing fresh and the Seamans is on a starboard tack close reach, heeling and making for some dynamic sailing. There is an occasional splash of spray over the windward side and even more occasionally a flying fish has been turning up on deck, having been carried aboard with the wind. Yesterday we made our best day’s run of the trip having logged 155.3 miles in 24 hours. This is the homeward stretch toward Hilo and the trade winds are expected for the duration.

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April 23, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 23 April 2014

Tony Hoffman | Robert Barlow, UAS Design Engineer, UARV Pilot | High School - Intern (Archimedes Aerospace LLC)

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Others” rise and shine to your 06:00 wakeup call. The Cramer moved through the night on diesel not wind, this did not keep us from catching a few greatly needed Z’s.  As soon as breakfast was set, Captain gave the order for an early morning Unmanned Aerial Research Vehicle activity. The winds were calm and the sea was quiet. So preparations were underway for a second flight.  A host of preflight checklist items being tended to by Robert, Archimedes Aerospace’s Intern and ‘C’ Watch member.


April 22, 2014

Global Selfie for Earth Day

Nina Murray, Galley Watch

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Greetings from the deep blue! Or rather, from the looks of the world outside the library port hole, the dark black. Night has fallen and Jerelle and I just put a big bowl of pasta primavera on each table, ringing the first dinner bell promptly at 1820. As swells roll by, the gimbaled tables alternately rise to each diner’s hungry chin, and then fall into their laps, leaving forkfuls of food comically far away from their departure points.

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April 22, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 22 April 2014

Zachary Bourgault, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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‘A’ watch awoke for the morning shift from a very sleepless night. The large swells had us rocking in our bunks to the sound of quickly shifting galley appliances throughout the night. Mustering the will to concentrate, we went about our duties on deck and in lab. Stood down at 1300, we quickly ate a delicious lunch before preparing for today’‘s special 1430 class.


April 21, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 21 April 2014

Torey Bowser, University of Maine

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Time is beginning to tick down to our Bermuda deadline. Team Phyllo (my team) has begun extracting DNA from the phyllosoma collected in the net tows. Unfortunately our crispy critters are taking longer to break down than expected. Hopefully we will be done in time for Team Lepto to start working on extracting from their eels.


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