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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

January 01, 2020

Another day in paradise

Antonios, Candace, Jacob, and Megan, C Watch, Penn State University


Sieving sediment samples.

Ship's Log

Current Position
18°16.9’ N x 064°20.4’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed

Sail Plan
Motorsailing with stays’ls and mains’l


Hello! This is C Watch/Caribbean Watch taking over the blog! Today marks the beginning of a new decade and the end of another day in paradise. During deck watch this afternoon, we cycled through our typical duties, which included boat checks, managing the helm and lookout. In addition, we folded the jib, which entailed “laying away” on the netted portion located at the forward end of the boat. During one of our lookout shifts, we spotted flying fishes and boobies. We also enjoyed a delicious key lime pie as an afternoon snack.

During class time, we learned about how the Coriolis Effect affects the wind around the earth. During lab watch, we found some really awesome different organisms. We deployed a meter net with 300 meters of wire last night and when we pulled it up we had caught three red shrimp and a lot of bioluminescent plankton. When we washed the nets, all of the leftover plankton bioluminesced and the net looked exactly like the night sky. During the afternoon, we processed a neuston net’s findings and found a tiny black fish and tiny crab. In addition, water samples from the hydrocast station that was deployed by the last watch were processed for chlorophyll a and pH. The 1st assistant scientist, Bonny, who is our watch’s scientist, also did a 100 count of a neuston net sample. Candace, Audrey and Julia processed the sediment sample that had been collected from near the coast of St. Croix. They passed it through various sieves with different meshes to separate the grains by size. Toward the conclusion of our watch, we all got to watch the stunning sunset behind us. As the light refracted across the clouds, beautiful hues of lilac and orange engulfed the sky. At the very end of deck watch, there was a ship that was located 15 miles directly in front of us. We are looking forward to snorkeling soon in the British Virgin Islands and going through their customs!

Dishes washed by Megan: Uncountable.

-Antonios, Candace, Jacob, and Megan, C Watch, Penn State University

Categories: Corwith Cramer, • Topics: c289a  penn state • (2) Comments
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#1. Posted by Karen Stylianides on January 02, 2020

BRAVO!  Hope everyone found their sea legs, embracing the experience, making memories, and having a wonderful adventure at sea!!!
Happy 2020!

#2. Posted by Tripp Micou on January 02, 2020

Happy New Year all! What a wonderful way to ring in the new decade! Have a great time out there, cherish your opportunities to explore the ocean, and the ocean life!  What a great experience for exploration.  Stay safe!



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