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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 17, 2019

Another Super Day

Eliza, Ariane, Tamara, Diego, Eleni, Jackson, Tim, B Watch

Ship's Log

Current Location
40° 00.5’ N x 69° 14.3’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
135°, 6-8 kn

Force 5 winds, 4 foot waves, mostly cloudy and humid

Ship’s Crew

Hey there land people!       

It was quite a thrilling and busy day on the Corwith Cramer! Amongst the mighty waves, we saw a large pod of common dolphins (a few of which rode our bow) and flying fish just a few hours later. Meanwhile in the lab, there was lots of processing going on because this morning we had our first Super Station on the Continental Shelf. For the Super Station we did five deployments: Shipek, Secchi,  Hydrocast, Phyto Net, and Neuston Net. All of these help provide data about the biodiversity of the Continental Shelf and to show many patterns. To process these deployments, we counted organisms
from the nets to create a sampling group, took water samples from the Hydrocast, and filtered through the Shipek to find cool organisms such as sea stars and brittle stars.

While those assigned to lab worked with the microscope, those of us on deck continued to familiarize ourselves with sailing at sea. Aside from gybing and hoving-to to help our science deployments, we kept a straight path throughout our entire watch. To do this successfully, we had to rotate through a few equally important duties. Each of us spent time steering, keeping lookout, handling sails, and doing boat checks and weather reports. The language used by sailors is becoming less foreign with practice, but there are still words and skills to be learned by B Watch. Regardless, we have been working well as a team and bonding with our fellow shipmates!

Shout out to the Bretl fam! Miss you all and the doggies very much! Also hi friends I’m still alive! – Ariane

Hi Mom! Shout out to the Atwood’s at home in Pittsburgh - I miss you all!

P.S. Shout out to Rocky’s mom… Rocky rocks!! – Eliza

Hey guys, shout out to everyone at home, I hope you are all doing well (especially Abe) and I am feeling much better. Pet the cat for me! -Tamara

- B Watch: Eliza, Ariane, Tamara, Diego, Eleni, Jackson, Tim

Categories: Corwith Cramer,SEA Expedition, • Topics: sea expedition 1 • (6) Comments
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#1. Posted by Karina on July 18, 2019

Wow what an adventure you’re having!

I haven’t seen my daughter’s name on any of the three blog posts (5 others also not listed: Indiana, Francesca, Isabel, Tim, and Mary). 
( A-watch lists 8 crew members, B watch 6 and C-watch only 4. )

Can someone from the next set of bloggers please post all watch crew names please and help me figure out which watch my daughter Charlotte is on? Thanks!

#2. Posted by Julie Grasso on July 18, 2019

Hey Maddie, Lizzie misses you and is bored without you! Hope all is well and we’ll se you on Thursday! Mrs. G

#3. Posted by Eduardo Inigo Elias on July 19, 2019

What experience and adventure. Diego my son, looking forward to hear about the marine biodiversity, sailing and your new friends.  Your papa

#4. Posted by Tim Crawford on July 20, 2019

Tamara, we are so glad that you are feeling well and having fun. Abe is mostly recovered. I am getting there. Sadie misses you—she says “meow.” We are looking forward to seeing you this week and hearing about your adventures. How are the stars at night? Love Dad and Mom

#5. Posted by Dimitris on July 20, 2019

Eleni, how are you doing? Are Atlantic sea dolphins different than those in Mediterranean? Take lots of pics and write something vre!!!!

#6. Posted by Holly Payne on July 21, 2019

Love the ship’s log. Sounds like a great voyage, complete with all the challenges of living on an ever moving surface - sounds like you are all totally up for it! YAH!

It seems amazing to me that you’ve seen flying fish because aren’t they tropical? Totally crazy beautiful those guys with their wild stiff fin-wingy things and their long tail spikes they swerve off the surface of the waves and the way they combine the water with the wind - and FLY
Adaptation is crazy stuff

I’m thinking about the stars and wondering whether the fog has burned back enough for you to peek through a hole in the sky and take a sextant reading?? 

Please say hi to Diego and tell the guy that everyone is doing great. I wish I could see the horizon. I love the trees but they really get in the way…



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