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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

October 11, 2020

A Busy Day on the Corwith Cramer!

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist

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Above: Training with the fire hose, Katey and Ethan give a helping hand of support to Lucia; Below: A crowd looks on as Logan examines his sediment sample.

Ship's Log

Present location
41° 24’ N x 070° 51’ W

Ship’s Heading, speed and sail plan
Anchored Tarpaulin Cove, Naushon Island, MA

Weather
Cloudy, winds much lighter than yesterday, ENE at Beaufort Force 2.

Souls on board

Another busy day aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer!  The new crew have really taken to their new home and have spent the day diligently learning more about their responsibilities during various emergency scenarios:  M.O. B (Man Over Board), Fire and Emergency, and Abandon Ship.  But I am getting ahead of myself.  The day began with light winds, a beautiful sun rise and a breakfast table full of scramble eggs, roasted potatoes and cups full of coffee or tea.  Good thing because today we cast off our dock lines and made our way out to sea, and the learning has been non-stop ever since.

We didn’t go too far this first day, just to a nearby anchorage that removed our community from the distractions and noise of the ferry dock and fishing village of Woods Hole.  Tarpaulin Cove is a quiet, protected anchorage with good holding ground (more on this soon).  Here we dropped anchor and cycled through another set of training stations:  driving the hydrowinch (so we can deploy scientific equipment), learning to handle, coil, and make fast lines under strain, and discussions of the Watch Quarter Station Bill – student roles during the emergency scenarios mentioned above.

Upon completing this training we conducted three safety drills and discuss how the entire ship’s company works together to keep the ship and our shipmates safe.  There was one last task to complete and we were ready to really set sail….conduct our first scientific deployment!  Remember the good holding ground I mentioned earlier, well we just wanted to be sure what the seafloor looked like so C Watch had the coveted job of deploying our shipek grab  to collect a sample.  There was some debate among the students about what we would find, all good ideas supported by well-reasoned hypotheses. In the end, those that ‘guessed’ we would find ‘muck’ at the bottom (i.e. fine silts and clays) took the day.  But nobody was prepared for the abundance of polychaete worm tubes that came up with sediment.  Why that is, well that is discussion for later tonight.

Presently, C Watch has the deck and getting the Corwith Cramer ready to set sail for the night.  What will we discover upon the high seas is anybody’s guess, so stay tuned and find out!

Cheers,
Jeff, Chief Scientist

PS:  Best wishes to family and friends and sweet dreams to my darling rose.

Editor's Note: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, all SEA Semester students, faculty, and crew aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer boarded the ship after strictly isolating on our Woods Hole campus for a minimum of two weeks, and after repeated negative tests for COVID-19. To ensure the health and safety of those onboard, the ship will not conduct any port stops and will remain in coastal waters so that any unlikely medical situations may be resolved quickly.

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#1. Posted by Renee on October 12, 2020

Sounds great! Looking forward to hearing about all their adventures!


#2. Posted by Isabella on October 12, 2020

Wowieeee! Those are sure some neat and groovy outfits! I respect the drip! Stay fishy!


#3. Posted by Mary Iris on October 12, 2020

What a handsome young geologist looking at those sediment samples! So proud and excited!


#4. Posted by Isabel lyndon on October 20, 2020

Hello Mariners,
I am a friend of Sam Colt’s granny Elizabeth Colt.. I’m fascinated to hear all that you write about and will follow your adventure with great interest and good wishes.
Thanks for telling us about it.
Isabel Lyndon


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