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SEA Currents: Dec 2017


December 08, 2017

Boats Against the Current

Erica McCaughey, C Watch, Stetson University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Today, well the part of today that was spent awake, has been nothing short of beautiful. A late night on watch calls for sleeping in past breakfast. As I write this blog, I’m sitting on the quarter deck with one rain boot on and one sneaker staring at the mountainous island of Montserrat. The skies are blue and the Caribbean Sea, even bluer. As we approached it earlier this morning, the volcano touching the clouds became detailed hills, hillier, and the bluffs, steeper.


December 08, 2017

Land Ho!

Hannah-Marie Garcia, C Watch, Sewanee, University of the South

This morning I got my wake up with the news that we were starting our Anchor Watch (1 hour rotations instead of a full 6 hours), and that the anchor was just now getting dropped. I stepped out onto the deck greeted by a clear sky full of stars, dark masses of land bordering our ship, and the sound of 3 shots (each shot is 90 feet) of chain being let out as our ship tethered to the sea floor. It is a bitter sweet mix of feelings seeing land again.


December 07, 2017

Towards the Smoking Sea

Joe Benz, SUNY ESF

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Today we continued our sail to the volcanic island of Montserrat, hopefully arriving tonight to deploy our science equipment off the coast. While waking up at 6 has never been something I’d plan for back home, such is life on the Cramer.

Snorkeling in the Cays has been the highlight of the trip so far. It had by far the greatest variety of fish, and the urchins I’m looking at for my project are almost carpeting some areas.


December 07, 2017

High Tide, Low Tide, Rising Tide

Isaac Vandor, B Watch, Olin College of Engineering

The Global Ocean

Good morning from just off the coast of Poverty Bay! Since we left Raoul Island, we’ve been sailing South on our way to Napier. The first signs of civilization appeared in our Neuston tow yesterday as we saw some macroplastics in the water and even caught what we presume to be an olive (scientific analysis is ongoing). As Katie and I toiled away counting Salps by the hundreds this morning, Lindsey saw a light flashing off in the distance.


December 07, 2017

Seeing Birds on Field Day

Celeste Pallone, A Watch, Barnard College of Columbia University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Yesterday was the Cramer’s self-care day, aka Field Day. On Field Day we clean the ship from top to bottom and my watch was responsible for the galley. Though my shipmates from A house and my friends at home know I love to tidy up, cleaning while the Cramer is underway is a whole different story. After we cleared out all the foodstuffs, pots, dishes, etc. using a fire line of about 15 people up the forward ladder, we got to the good part. The next hour involved Joe, Cassie, Timesha, and I sliding around countertops, across walls, and along floors.

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December 06, 2017

A day in the galley

Sophie Silberman, A Watch, Kenyon College

The Global Ocean

0440: I awoke in a damp sweat this morning, ten minutes before my wakeup, convinced from an eerily vivid (perhaps psychic?) dream that I had burned the pita bread I’m supposed to bake for dinner later today. Panicked, I left my bunk in the foc’sle and stumbled into the galley to start my day as assistant steward, nervous but ready. I was born ready.


December 06, 2017

Be the Gimbal

Bryant Jew, B Watch, University of California, San Diego

Caribbean Reef Expedition

In the morning we picked up anchor outside of Petit Rameau and motored on over to an anchorage outside Canouan to clear customs. After that, we motored away from Canouan and set the sails for the first time in several days – It’s great to be underway again. Not too much is happening now, so let me tell you a tale about science.

Picture this: It’s a beautiful evening in lab, and you’re hard at work taking measurements.


December 05, 2017

IT’S PARTEE TIME!!!!

Ruth Thirkill, Sailing intern

The Global Ocean

Hello parents, friends and family. It is currently 1625 and the day is a gorgeous sunny blue with light winds and gentle waves. It has been a pretty sweet day since the first hour and continues to look good for the rest. As a member of C watch today is my day to see the beginning and end of December 5th, 2017 since I stood dawn watch and will soon be standing evening watch.

It’s on days like this, when I get to see the sun rise and set and the new day begin that I feel the progression of time on the ocean the most.


December 05, 2017

Wandering the Cays

Timesha Vaughn, A watch, St. George’s University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

This past week has been an exciting one aboard the Corwith Cramer! We anchored off of Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines on a beautiful day. The sky was clear and the seas calmer compared to the rough conditions we experienced a few days before. We soon got to come on shore and went about the town peeking into stores and wandering the island. A few of us hiked Fort Hill and were rewarded with spectacular views of the bay and some small islands around Union Island’s southern end.


December 04, 2017

DAWN WATCH!

Steve Kielar, 3rd Assistant Scientist

The Global Ocean

When was the last time you were awake from 1am to 7am? What were you doing for those hours? Maybe you were on an all-night road trip or cramming for the next midterm. As I write this, C-watch is in the midst of Dawn Watch, which runs from 1am-7am.

Dawn watch begins with a wake-up from a member of the previous watch.


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