SEA Currents: SEA Expedition
July 23, 2019
SEA Expedition II, the second of two high school summer sessions aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, sails from Boston on July 29 and arrives on Aug. 10 in Portland, Maine. SEA Expedition is a field-based program in which students participate in every aspect of an offshore sailing and oceanographic voyage.
July 22, 2019
After a week at sea with no land in sight, the presence of the Boston cityscape on the horizon and the crisscross of scurrying boat traffic has been nothing less than dramatic. However, our intrepid sailor/scientists remained focused on their duties and brought us safely to anchor near Georges Island, part of Boston Harbor proper.
July 21, 2019
Bonjour (as the sailors say),
It has been a fun time here on Mama Cramer (Where’s Daddy Cramer?). We are in Stellwagen Bank if you hadn’t noticed yet, but we can see large ‘fish’ called whales or in sailor lingo wh’ls.
July 20, 2019
This morning we emerged from the fog. The ship made way at a fast pace; we soon left far behind the cloaking Stratus cloud that for so long darkened our horizons. We had a nice breeze, which allowed us to sail with six sails. In addition to the four normal triangular sails, we raised a topsail, which is square, and an additional triangular sail at the bow.
July 19, 2019
Today was cold. The morning started off sunny and moderately cloudy, but all of a sudden, the fog set in. We could barely see 10 feet in front of us, and it brought a huge mass of moist air. Our hair became engulfed in droplets of dew, and we turned on the fog horn, which was very loud and scary.
July 18, 2019
This is now our 4th day at sea (without seeing land). C watch has completed a full rotation of watches. Today during our watch from 1300 to 1900, there were a lot of big waves and plenty of things to keep us occupied.
July 17, 2019
Hey there land people!
It was quite a thrilling and busy day on the Corwith Cramer! Amongst the mighty waves, we saw a large pod of common dolphins (a few of which rode our bow) and flying fish just a few hours later. Meanwhile in the lab, there was lots of processing going on because this morning we had our first Super Station on the Continental Shelf.
July 16, 2019
The SSV Corwith Cramer is currently south of Nantucket, and blog posts from the SEA Expedition class are expected soon. Unfortunately, the ship is experiencing difficulty transmitting photographs from sea. Technicians are working on the problem and we hope to have the issue resolved soon.
July 16, 2019
Today was a beautiful day with light winds aboard the Corwith Cramer. There were many exciting sightings, including a pod of dolphins that swam close to the ship during our afternoon watch.
July 15, 2019
Ahoy land dwellers!
We are now underway! The shipmates are taking time to adjust to our new watches and learning many useful sailing tactics.