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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

October 30, 2016

(Anything But) A Lazy Sunday Afternoon!

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist

The Global Ocean: Europe

A little Sunday morning science station

Ship's Log

~ 250nm SW west of Casablanca, Morocco bound for the Canary Islands.

Souls on Board

On Deck:
A Watch (Feldman - 3rd Mate) relieves C Watch (Sleeper - 2nd Mate) sailing under a single reefed mains'l, stays'ls, jib, tops'l, and raffee (aka Party Hat), running on a port tack.  Couse ordered 240 deg psc, steering by and large at 220 deg psc.  Winds NE Beaufort Force 3, seas ENE 3feet. 

In the Lab:
A Watch (Cazeault - 1st Scientist) relieves C Watch (Page - 2nd Scientist). Morning Station deployed and retrieved including Neuston Tow, Phytoplankon Net, Hydrocast/CTD, Secchi Disc, and Light Attenuation Spheroids.  Nets rinsed and stowed, carousel safely stowed.  Reviewed lab practical topics. 

In the Engine Room:
Tanner and Mike (Chief and Assistant Engineers respectively) continued to supply the Cramer ecosystem with electricity and water, and student crew continued to monitor and check the numerous gauges, fuel levels, and pressure readings to ensure all is working smoothly.

In the Galley:
Sabrina and Nick (Chief and Assistant Stewards respectively) continued to supply delicious food so the crew can stand Watch, sail the ship, and collect scientific data. 

off-Watch Crew about the ship: 
Crew not actively on Watch filled their time with various distractions and fun diversions.  Bosunry skills and crafts (for this crew that involves much knitting!), climbing aloft, photographing the ship, the crew, and ocean scenery, cloud spotting, and laundry, topped the list of activities.  Later in the day, with the setting of the sun, these leisure activities moved below decks to include reading, games, cards, pumpkin carving, and storytelling (aka spinning a yarn - do you sense a theme here?). 

However, before sunset we had some all-hands fun with a FIRE DRILL!  Our captain created an elaborate scenario of a below-decks fire combined with an injured crew member requiring medical evacuation (did I mention this was a drill?).  The scenario played out for about 20 minutes followed by a detailed debriefing.  All hands responded well and were quick on their feet as different aspects of the scenario played out.  The drill was a good reminder that at sea one must be ever vigilant and in many ways we are always on Watch. 

For those of you ashore, how was your Sunday afternoon?!?! 

Chief Scientist Jeff

Categories: Corwith Cramer,The Global Ocean: Europe, • Topics: c269  life at sea  science • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by Rose Sword on November 01, 2016

Enjoyed the way this is written; lots of info concisely shared. Thanks! Great read.



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