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November 05, 2014
It was another momentous day about the Corwith Cramer on our short passage between the Madeiran and Canary Islands. The two big events were our final wire deployment and my birthday! On this final wire deployment, we paid out about 2000 meters of wire with a CTD (Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth) and a payload of artistically designed Styrofoam coffee cups, together forming what we call the “Styrocast.” It is a long oceanographic tradition to write some commemorative words on a styrofoam coffee cup and send it deep into the blue, where the incredible amount of water presses down on the cups and results in a souvenir that is about the size of a shot glass.
November 04, 2014
Today I was the Junior Watch Officer. I have had two shadow sessions where I practiced for “JWO” but today was my first official session. There were morning science deployments and I knew there would be a lot of sail handling because of them to heave the ship to. I had my notes and my watch members, so in my mind everything was good. And it was! With the conglomerate effort of my great watch members, C Watch was able to fluently “heave to” for science and gybe to continue on our path to the Canary Islands.
November 03, 2014
Today, we sailed out of Madeira at 1300. It was the last time we got to leave port and set out to sea together, and it was incredible to see how far we have come as sailors since Barcelona. All three watches came together as the crew of the SSV Corwith Cramer. In excellent time, we hoisted the main staysail, the fore staysail, the jib, the topsail, and the mainsail.
November 02, 2014
Greetings, I am Chuck Lea the Chief Scientist aboard the Corwith Cramer for cruise C255. When we plan a cruise, the Law of the Sea requires us to submit a Request for Clearance to the State Department so that they can arrange for us to take Oceanographic samples in foreign waters. As a part of that request, the countries whose waters we are sampling are invited to send an observer so that they may become familiar with what we do. This has led to a variety of enriching exchanges over the years, and no less so on our first Global Ocean trip into the Mediterranean and eastern North Atlantic.
November 01, 2014
Free day! After hearing rave reviews about a hidden wonderland in Queimadas called Caldeirao Verde, aka the Green Caldron, many of the students could not wait to take a hike in the mountains of Madeira. Our friend from the Whale Museum had left us to ponder in excitement what sort of “wonderful surprise” was waiting at the end of the trail. Thanks to some great hints from Ryan and Scott, who went the day before, we knew to get into some swimsuits. With our suits on and a bag lunch in hand 16 of us, Alex, Rudi, Maya, Sophia S., Sophia J., Adam, Becky, Mih, Maggie, Devin, Greg, Alyssa, Courtney, Amie, Jennifer, and myself, gathered on the dock to start our journey, beginning with finding transportation to Queimadas.
October 31, 2014
This story comes a few days late, but only because it took us a while to mentally process and articulate the scarring series of events that have transpired.
On the night of October 29th, as our boat sailed around a few miles off the Madeiran coast, we enjoyed the view of myriad tiny lights shining on the island, reminding us of Christmas decorations. As beautiful as the view was, we couldn’t let thoughts of Christmas distract us from preparing for Halloween. Rumors of the costume collection on the boat fueled our excitement, as we all whispered about how we might dress for the holiday.
October 31, 2014
There are a thousand kilometers of “levadas” on the main island of Madeira, neat stone-lined irrigation channels built centuries ago, at great human cost, to carry rainwater from the mountains into the fertile flanks of the valleys. Tenders walked for days on paths alongside, clearing debris and opening sluice gates to allow the runoff down different watercourses.
October 30, 2014
The day started out with B watch on deck at 6:55am. It was a smooth turnover from Alyssa, the Junior Watch Officer from A watch. We were headed for Canical, the commercial port in Madeira. As I was assigned to bow watch, I could say that I had the best view; the skyline was decorated by the beautiful sunset and stratocumulus clouds. As we approached closer to land, we could spot signs of life: houses decked on top of each other on the hills. It had been 9 days since we were so close to land.
October 29, 2014
Ahoy from the Corwith Cramer, out on the rolling sea / Proud bow, billowing sails – she’s a pleasure to see. The journey has been long / Voyaging’s no small thing / Especially as we were busy watch standing
We resisted the binding spell of a siren / Escaped the gaping jaws of the Leviathan; Weathered many a storm, came out clean from a gale/ Defeated hungry Kraken, hunted a white sperm whale;
October 28, 2014
Today during afternoon watch we spotted land, the mountains of Puerto Santo lay dead ahead. After not seeing land for a full nine days, the sight was bittersweet. The excitement of Madeira is just 50 nautical miles away, but that also means we are nearing the end of our last long leg aboard Mama Cramer.