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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

August 04, 2019

A Poetic Recount of Our Day Based on the Beaufort Scale

Sarah Weber, Liam McCoart & Maya Rhodes-Kropf, C Watch


Ship's Log

Current Position
42°33.5’ N, 069°52.26’ W

Course & Speed
Course ordered 030, 0.6 knots

Sail Plan
Sailing to Jeffrey’s Ledge

Sunny skies, partly cloudy

Ship’s Crew

High winds in the morning sped the ship up to a swift 5.4 knots, a refreshing wakeup for C Watch after a good night’s sleep. B watch took the deck at 0700 after a hearty breakfast of eggs and chocolate chip pancakes. B watch started the day with a science station at the Wilkinson Basin, deploying the CTD to a depth of 200 m – our deepest drop yet! Data was processed by C Watch in the afternoon.

C Watch mustered at 1100 for a fun craft class - sunprints. We assembled a bucket full of random objects from the boat like seaweed and ropes and placed them on top of cyanotype fabric. After 15 minutes in the sun, their shadows were perfectly printed onto the fabric. A and B Watch can’t wait to follow our awesome crafting.

At 1300, C Watch took the deck. The Labbies were in charge of doing the 50 count of phytoplankton and 100 counts of zooplankton under the microscope.  The samples were collected from the neuston and phytoplankton net this morning. We were surprised to find an accumulation of radiolarians! Radiolarians are a type of zooplankton that look like tiny red pompoms. Sorting through the radiolarians, we found a lot of copepods, which became the topic for an activity during class today!

Class started at 1430 with a presentation on data from the CTD and a lesson about copepods! Copepods are the most common type of zooplankton, which is why we found many in the 100 count. Copepods have evolved to have a variety of favorable traits, including sensing antennae and buoyancy control. After learning this, we split into groups to create our own idealistic copepods! Some creative inventions were called Blort, the
Charismatic Copepod, and the Diatom Shredder 3000. After that, we learned about the Beaufort scale, the system by which sailors refer to wind and sea conditions, specifically the force of the wind. The 12 point scale has a variety of rather poetic phrases to describe each level of wind force, including “white horses” and waves as “rippling scales.” After drawing out of a hat phrases used to describe the wind, we created a chain of haikus, known as a renga, which was a blast to read at class.

As the sun sets low in the cloudy sky, C Watch is about to enjoy a full night’s sleep with our bellies full of shepherd’s pie. We continue to sail on subtle winds around Jeffrey’s Ledge, our final superstation, which C watch will command tomorrow!

- Sarah Weber, Liam McCoart & Maya Rhodes-Kropf, C Watch

Categories: Corwith Cramer,SEA Expedition, • Topics: sea expedition 2 • (5) Comments


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#1. Posted by Tracy Molnar on August 05, 2019

Thank you for sharing your day with the avid readers of the Corwith Cramer blog.  I love that your hours of work and discovery are fueled by yummy food and creative breaks.
The idea of “poetic” sailors using the Beaufort scale as stirred my curiosity.  I’ll have to read more about it!  Tracy (Tori’s Mom)

#2. Posted by Marilyne on August 05, 2019

That’s a wonderful blend of scientific and creative activities. I’ll have to do some reading up on the copepods you have seen and the Beaufort scale. It seems that all watches have gotten into a good rhythm. May you continue to have smooth sailing!

Marilyne (Genevieve’s mom)


#3. Posted by Karen F Rhodes on August 06, 2019

Hi Maya,
  I loved reading your comments.  It Sounds like you are having so many new experiences.  I’d love to try the printing on fabric.  I hope you all have smooth sailing for the rest of the trip.  Do you all cook and cleanup too?
Grandma Karen

#4. Posted by Mom and Dad Weber on August 07, 2019

Hi Sarah and Corwith Cramer Crew! We are loving your blog posts with all the details about your voyage. Science, sailing, art, poetry, good food, whales, sunsets ... sounds like an amazing experience. Can’t wait to hear more in person. All is well at home. Henry is getting lots of snuggles in your absence. See you soon! Love, Mom (Katherine)

#5. Posted by Hunter on August 10, 2019

Cool post, SAW!  I hope you’re having a blast.  Fair winds and following seas!

Love, Uncle H



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