SEA Currents: Ocean Exploration
Another beautiful day and another beautiful sunrise and sunset. Out here in the middle of the ocean, these are my favorite thing to move relative to… that and 6 meals a day!
The seas have been laying down a bit, making working and moving around the vessel a bit easier. The Main Engine has been off for a good chunk of the last two days, which is nice for the engineer. Makes my world a bit quieter and cooler.
Greetings from the Corwith Cramer crew! Hope everyone on land is having (had?) a great weekend! I’m writing to you from the freshly cleaned library of our freshly cleaned ship! Today was field day and for those of you not in the know and wondering how we could possibly host a lively array of lawn activities and sporting events on a tall ship in the middle of the ocean, field day is when we clean the ship from the heads to the soles!
Over the past few days, the rough waves, interesting shower situations, and deck restrictions have triggered many spiritual conversations with Poseidon in search of smoother sailing. Someone must have spoken to him ‘cause this morning, we woke up to the open deck sign and gentler waves.
It’s hard to believe how little time has passed because I feel like we have been up to so much during the 9 days C-275 has spent on the Cramer. Last Friday, we left the WHOI dock and this Friday, we find ourselves in full watch schedules, working on our Creature Feature Infotainment assignment, and most urgent and exciting learning the lines in preparation for the Great Line Chase on Monday! There seems to be so much to look forward to.
In times of frustration, hardship, sorrow, or in this instance, very inclement weather, we often look to someone or something that acts as a beacon of hope. In the last 24 hours, for myself, my mate on watch, and several others aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, this shining light in the darkness has come in the form of a tiny, white bucket – one that is frequently overlooked and often, quite literally thought of as trash.
As C-275 falls into the rhythm of life onboard Cramer I think a realization has come to all of us, that hours on watch seem to crawl by while days at sea are faster than the blink of an eye. Thinking of my upcoming evening watch is almost stunning as I swear I was just sleeping through breakfast after going to sleep at 0130 yesterday. Our schedule is hectic for sure but I can definitely feel myself slipping in and becoming part of the organized chaos.
A conversation I’ve had with several people already on this trip centers on how hard it is to believe that so little time has passed. It’s only been five days that we’ve been underway, but the routines of the watches are starting to repeat and it feels like we’ve all been doing this together for weeks. It’s exciting to think that once a few weeks have actually passed, we’ll all only be more in tune with each other and the rhythms of the boat.
Another great feature of this early part of the trip, I think, is that the students are still doing a lot of new things.
On Thursday morning, the students of C-275 were thrust into a life we knew nothing about, with people we had never met; after a day of unpacking boxes, drying produce, and loading the ship, we headed out into another unknown world, the Atlantic Ocean.
One week ago, I could not imagine what life onboard the Corwith Cramer would look like.
In addition to learning sailing and science here on the Corwith Cramer, we’re also making discoveries in the culinary arts! Since departing Woods Hole, I have been lucky enough to share the galley with Anna, Darcy, Emma, and Sonia, with meal highlights including salmon teriyaki, Thai veggie salad, and Cramer’s first bread underway (focaccia)! Cooking on board is like solving a big puzzle; what will taste good, how can we make the meal the most nourishing, and (most importantly) where are all the ingredients?!
The staff has been working hard for days to get ready for the students of class C-275, It is the nature of the program that the information is poured-on at the start, but now we are turning talk into action and sailing away. Last night we made a swift passage across the continental shelf and so we were able to take our first deep-water hydrocast station this morning in the temperate slope water. We will set the meter net and look to begin the pteropod project.
Greetings from the SSV Corwith Cramer,
Today begins the sea component of class C-275 in SEA Semester’s Ocean Exploration Program. All of our students boarded the Corwith Cramer today at 0800 hours and joined the ship’s company as student crew.