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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
October 22, 2019
A Super Science Station Morning
36° 35.9’ N 059° 27.2’ W, north Sargasso Sea
Ship’s Heading, Speed and sail plan
100°, 5.20 knots, sailing under the storm trysail, forestaysail, main staysail, and the jib.
clear, partially cloudy, 4ft swells from the south
As I rose from my nest (aka my bunk) this morning, the smell of warm zesty muffins wafted my way. I climbed up the ladder to lab approximately 30 minutes after breakfast to begin morning watch from 0700-1300. After turnover, the A watch lab crew for the day (Jordan, 2nd scientist; Riley, sailing intern; and I) realized we had a nice busy day ahead of us. But first chores. With seas significantly larger than they are tonight, morning chores were no fun for anyone. The twelve foot swells tossed our bellies making scrubbing the soles a difficult task. But we powered through, and finally were able to get to the good stuff: science!
Today I completed my first full morning station. We deployed the phyto net, the Secchi disk, the CTD, a surface station, and a Neuston tow. Each deployment, we bet pride on who can guess how far down we’ll see the Secchi. Today the Secchi disk depth was 27.5 meters. Our assistant steward for the day, Giselle, won. In our Neusty we found a Vellela vellela (aka By the Wind Sailor jellie) and lots of plastics. Our watch went so fast, the next thing I knew it was time for a delicious pasta bolognese lunch followed by an even yummier quarter deck nap before class. Waking up for the second time today was much easier. I didn’t even have to move from my nap spot to get to class. During class we had an in depth description of the carousel or hydro cast, how to use it, and what it does. This instrument allows us to determine the conductivity, temperature, Chl-a, PO4, and pH from varying depths of the ocean we collect water samples.
With each day we are learning more lines, new ship terms, and how to conduct deployments; all the while having fun. I can’t wait until I can start taking more responsibility and independence during these processes. Tomorrow I am assistant steward and I can’t wait for my day in the galley, but this means I must head off to sleep now; so goodnight to you and much love to all my land family.
- Sarah Acker-Krzywicki, A Watch