SEA Currents: May 2016
May 23, 2016
The students of S-267, Pacific Reef Expedition, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Pape’ete, Tahiti by May 23rd. They will end their voyage around June 19th, in Honolulu, HI, with planned port stops in Rangiroa Caroline Island, Kiribati and Kiritimati.
May 15, 2016
Greetings from the Corwith Cramer! We are currently anchored off of Aquidneck Island on the Sakonnet River in Rhode Island. An anchor watch is currently in effect which means that the watch responsibilities we had at sea have changed to fit the needs of the ship. On anchor watch, we continue doing boat/safety checks in addition to taking bearings from objects on land and checking the ranges on the radar to make sure the boat is not dragging. We will be heading to Newport on Tuesday.
May 13, 2016
I would just like to preface this blog post with a quick statement: I absolutely love being out at sea! Every day has been an adventure and the whole experience is incredibly rewarding. With that being said, there have definitely been moments, especially at 3 or 4 in the morning, when I’m half asleep and looking through a microscope, counting copepod after copepod after copepod, wondering why on earth I’m sitting in the dark lab and not fast asleep in my bunk. However, today made every dawn watch, every bruise, every policy paper completely worth it.
May 12, 2016
Living on the Cramer has filled our lives with many exciting moments≈today specifically was full of amazing moments. My day started out with morning watch, where I shadowed the C watch mate, Rebecca Johnson. Initially, watch seemed to be moving along like most other morning watches on deck, we scrubbed the deck, wrote out the weather, and did boat checks, while the lab persons did science. However, our morning policy class was interrupted by something we have been lacking: clumps of Sargassum!
May 11, 2016
Today when I first went up on deck for watch (0650), I knew something was different. By 0900 I had figured it out. The water was grey, not the brilliant blue we were all used to. Of course, I questioned myself and had to ask my mate, Scott, if the water was a different color. He kind of rolled his eyes at me saying “yes…” as if it should have been obvious. I replied that I didn’t like it and he laughed. We had entered the Gulf Steam overnight! I was a little sad I missed it.
May 10, 2016
Hi everyone, here is the Portuguese guy speaking/talking/righting to you. The swells keep on rocking and rolling the ship from side to side and leaving their mark on the crew…either by rocking them to sleep (I’m not saying that that is my case!...although it might be…) or simply by throwing stuff from side to side and making progress on science and navigational work slower. Sea-sickness seems to have disappeared from the crew, everyone is doing way better!
May 10, 2016
Sitting in a calm bay encircled by jagged green mountains. A sliver of a moon disappearing behind a prehistoric peak. Twinkling colored lights strung up on the quarterdeck. 31 souls gathered to acknowledge their hard work and companionship. Small outriggers shining mystic lights to lure in fish around us. Ukelele chords and voices creating songs both hysterical and touching. The final night onboard.
May 09, 2016
Today was the last day on the ship. It’s odd to think that tomorrow we disembark in Papeete, many of us to go our separate ways after spending so much time together. The long watches stood in rain and shine, the field days that seemed to produce endless mung, the nights so hot that students choose to sleep on deck while we’re alongside, over. At least for now.
May 09, 2016
09 May 16, 10:27- Someone told me I look tan. (This is not common occurrence, as I am typically either extremely pale or have a peeling sun burn.)
The westerly winds we have begun to encounter have continued to make for some of our best sailing. For a few hours this morning we were traveling at about 7 knots, a relatively high speed for us thus far. The large swells from yesterday have carried over into today, with some as high as 12 feet.
May 08, 2016
Well, the storm passed and we are under way. It was fairly clear and sunny this morning when we woke up and we made our final preparations for leaving the Isle of Bermuda. This involved waking up early and getting back into our normal watch schedule. We pulled up dock lines, took off sail ties, and prepped the boat to get underway. It almost went off without a hitch, but the anchor we had set out to keep us off the dock during the previous days’ wind and rain had dug deep and required quite a bit of hauling and maneuvering of the boat to pull up.