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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
February 05, 2016
0 to 60: The Saga of Life Aboard a Ship
18° 06.32’ N x 064° 29.96’ W
Weather / Wind
winds from the SW(!) at 4 to 6 knots
Greetings from the Cramer, about 17 nm from Virgin Passage. This is Mauro once again with your daily update.
C-watch had an uneventful watch yesterday from 1900 to 2300. Winds were light and variable, and eventually died down around the time A-watch took the deck. Despite all our best efforts (singing and whistling wind songs, trying to do wind dances), we couldn't muster any winds. A-watch used the relatively low speed to do a midnight Neuston net tow, capturing, among other things, larval eels (Leptocephali) and spiny lobsters (Phyllosoma) which were presented to the crew at our 1430 class by Stu and Virginia.
Back to C-watch: after an overnight snooze, they mustered at 0620, ate their breakfast, then went up on deck for their 0700 to 1300 watch. After an incredibly quiet night (in which mates Tristan and Farley pointed out was probably THE quietest night so far of our voyage), C-watch-almost immediately-had to:
-Deal with a squall, with everyone in their foulies
-Strike the jib topsail, then immediately move into setting the topsail
-Assist with 3 mildly successful Shipek grabs in 50 m of water ("I think we hit a rock the first time"), which meant we had to motor out about 1 mile to get to deeper waters BUT
-When the motor turned on, the stacks blew, sending soot everywhere and facilitating the need to scrub decks not 1, not 5, not even 10 times: they had to scrub the deck 3 (three) times.
-After motoring, they attempted and finally had a successful Shipek grab in 700 m of water
-Athanasia assisted with approximately 2 hours' worth of dishes and galley cleaning
-Monitor small craft vessels fishing in the area
-Prepare a Neuston tow
-But finally, and I was asked to insert this verbatim by two members of C-watch that shall remain nameless (until I mention them by name here: Athanasia and Nicola): "the best part was having baked brie for snack!"
Quite a different experience from their evening watch! They handled it all with ease, however, and finished up just in time for a well-deserved lunch (quinoa salad, Greek-style butterbeans, and fresh baked bread). Great job, C-watch!
Our 1430 class, as I mentioned previously, began with Virginia and Stu presenting their Phyllosoma and Leptocepahli specimens, followed by a presentation on dinoflagellates and diatoms by members of B-watch (Marlo, Erica, and Thomas).
Wrapping up class for today was breakout sessions for the watches, with Chief Scientist Lisa Gilbert, Professor Mike Nishizaki, and T.A. Hannah Whalen assisting students as they prepare for their science presentations in just under 2 days. Each group will be presenting findings based on the data we've been collecting over the past few days (the following images presented in marvelous, full-color GIMBAL-VISIONT. Note the tilt of the table in the first image-"GIMBAL-VISIONT: now that's life below deck!").
Finally, a special surprise visitor: it appears we had a stowaway in one of our student's bags. For those versed in the lore and traditions of Williams-Mystic, please welcome back Grover!
Grover has been a valued member of the Williams-Mystic family since the 1990s. He is the official mascot of Mallory House, and travels with students on (almost) every field seminar. Never one to expect free passage or seem like he is not pulling his own weight aboard the ship, Grover jumped right for the galley, assisting with dish washing and prepping today's dinner.
Until next time.