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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
October 16, 2018
At Anchor (Not Much Longer!)
41o30.‘N x 071o14’W
Sakonnet River, Rhode Island
18oC / 31.72 PSU
Good afternoon from all of us aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer! Today is an exciting day. Although we have been anchored for our first few nights of the cruise, we anticipate to be underway in a few hours. This means that everyone on the ship, such as the professional crew, students, and scientists will be working diligently to keep us afloat and safe until we finally set anchor at Grenada in the Caribbean after 2000 miles of sailing upon the open ocean.
While at anchor, the crew and students are responsible for Anchor Checks every half hour alongside our hourly boat checks. While conducting boat checks we are smelling, listening and looking for things amiss, checking the safety equipment, and making sure engine room functions are working as they should. Anchor checks, however, are to ensure our anchor isn't dragging under the stress of tough weather and tough wind/water speeds. This is important because we wouldn't want to drift into land, shallower water, or a rock without knowing. Once we get underway, if the trip goes as planned, we won't be doing any anchor checks until we make it to the Caribbean.
Lots of students like me haven't had any sailing experience until now, and we have been learning so much in such a short amount of time. Today I helped my watch prepare and fold the storm trys'l, a large triangular shaped sail, to be flown later this evening. Everyone is rushing to learn their lines the quickest, since there is to be a competition between the watches on our knowledge.
Our watch got to hang out in Science with 3rd Assistant Scientist Anna. We learned how to take surface water using a black plastic bucket on a rope, and how to put samples of the water through a spectrophotometer to measure its pH. We also learned how to measure the amount of Chlorophyll-A in a water sample by placing a filter on a vacuum pump, and funneling our sample water down through the filter. The concentration of Chlorophyll-A may help us understand how much primary productivity is in an area. It was awesome to see the small, white filter change to a pale green relatively fast.
Our Steward Shanna and her helpers have prepared the most delicious food. Today we had egg burrito wraps for breakfast, raspberry oat bars for a snack, and hearty minestrone soup with freshly baked bread for lunch. It's a delight to enjoy food together here, and the tables are gimbaled to keep our noodles from flying everywhere. Nino spotted a special sort of cloud called a Halo, a rainbow curving above the sun. We're all excited to learn and grow. Shout out to mom, dad, Andrew, and good friends Dan and Tim.
- Carol Ruffini, C-Watch, University at Albany