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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 06, 2021

A Day That Just Kept Getting Better

Elena Kaminskaia, C Watch, Whitman College


Above: Hands to the main sheet! Featuring (right to left) Elena, Jordan, Izzy, Ariana, JC, Alex, Lucy, James, Kayla. Below: Deploying the hydrocast during the morning station: Jordan and James dancing, Elena driving, Alex on J-frame.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
37°22.8’ N 073°50.0’ W

Ship Heading

Ship Speed
7 knots

Taffrail Log
2055 nm

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Wind N force 4, seas NxW 4ft, sailing on port tack under mains’l, mainstays’l, forestays’l and jib.

Description of location
85nm E of Assateage

Souls on board

I was woken up at 0600, 20 minutes before breakfast, almost falling out of my bunk, and knew right away we are sailing on port tack and the wind is quite strong. I was also informed by whoever woke me up (my sleepy self didn't catch the name) that it was just 13?C outside. This is the coldest temperature we have been in since we left Woods Hole in April. Still half asleep I attempted to dig out my warm jacket and shoes and finally succeeded, but only after significantly increasing level of entropy in my bunk. After breakfast I made it to deck 15 minutes before the start of my morning watch, and headed out to the lab where I would spend next 6 hours learning and collecting more data for our projects. One of the first things we needed to do was conducting 6 minutes observation (we do it every hour) and record anything we were seeing, from different creatures to Sargassum and ships passing by. Not expecting much, I was looking into the wavy water when I saw several fins above the surface in the distance. Moments later around 10 dolphins (which were later identified as common dolphins) were following Corwith Cramer, jumping out of the water and making the C watch very excited.

Soon after dolphins were gone, it was time to get to work. First, we needed to double gybe (sailing maneuver) to get the ship in the right position relative to the wind, which would allow us to deploy the science equipment and collect data. Gybing went smoothly and everyone worked together, with confidence and great coordination. It is incredible to see how far we all have come since the beginning of the trip and how much we have learned about sailing and working as a team. So, after we got the ship in the right place it was time to do science deployments. Deployments were very challenging today because of the waves and wind, so we had to be extra careful. We deployed the Secchi Disc to determine how far the light reaches in the water column, Hydrocast to collect water samples from different depths and the surface station to collect water samples from the surface. We also deployed Hydrophone to listen to any potential marine mammal sounds, and Neuston net to collect whatever floats on the surface. After all the deployments we spent some time processing the samples collected. The only thing that helped us get through the watch and maintain a good energy level was the spinach dip and crackers, morning snacks prepped by Katey and Will our stewards. With all the fun and learning we had during the watch, 6 hours went by very quickly.

In the afternoon we had class as usual, as well as announcements. Captain Allison's announcement definitely caused the most excitement. SEA will be able to arrange for all students who need, to get a COVID vaccine as soon as we get back on shore. This was a great relief for everyone, not having to worry about travelling back home still not being vaccinated. At the end of class we celebrated Laurens' birthday with delicious cake. And right after the only thing that could make this day even better happened. We saw a mola-mola!

- Elena Kaminskaia, C Watch, Whitman College

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Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c297  mbc • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by Alexandr Kaminsky on May 12, 2021

I really enjoy reading the blogs of our brave sailors! Some of them are scientifically rigorous, while others are incredibly poetic.
We are very impressed with your post. And we are very glad that SEA gave you an unforgettable experience!

See you soon by messenger, Scype or Zoom or …
We love you!
Dad and Mom!

P.S. I dont see your P.S. Only ?????? Use transliteration or write in english.



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