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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

December 04, 2019

Back at Sea

Ella Cedarholm, Assistant Scientist


Above: Preparing to maneuver off the dock. Students in life jackets (left) standby to handle fenders and Captain Greg (foreground) oversees quarterdeck as Chief Mate Tristan prepares to get us underway; Below: View of the Cramer underway as seen from the second platform on the foremast

Ship's Log

Ship’s position
West of Grenada

Ship’s speed
5 knots

Sail plan
Four lowers with a single reefed main

Weather conditions
28C, 5/8 cloud cover, 18 knots wind

Sea conditions
5 feet seas


Souls on board

Hello outside world! It's Third Scientist Ella Cedarholm, class of S-278 alum and A Watch officer, here to offer a glimpse of life aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer on December 4, 2019. Our Wednesday began largely the same as any other - with breakfast and chores. A Watch pitched in to prepare the ship to get underway, including down rigging the beloved quarterdeck awning (our primary source of shade dockside), stowing sail covers, and preparing the dock lines for use in maneuvering off the dock. This dance is often choreographed by the captain - a bit of fender shifting, many turns on the helm, dock line hauling and easing, and delicate pushes along the hull with the small boat. Today, however, chief mate and fellow A Watch officer Tristan Feldman called the exit.

Once we were outside the St. George's Harbor, we resumed regular watch standing, set sails, and restarted science data collection. A cool steady sea breeze and periodic rain showers were a refreshing welcome back to being underway. The wind filled our sails as we bounced over the ocean waves, sending us cruising up to 9 knots, but at a cost. Steady breeze built larger waves and rougher conditions for our friends lacking iron stomachs. After three days at land, we face the regrowth of our sea legs.

Still, our watch duties persist. Between biovoluming the numerous fish species found in the Neuston tow, we retreat to deck to get fresh air. Because this is our second leg, we know what to expect and that any seasickness discomfort, if it does arrive, will only last a short time. Besides, our favorite parts of being at sea - disconnecting from our devices and reconnecting with each other, living in rhythm with the natural
environment, and my favorite, going aloft - are well worth it.

- Ella Cedarholm, Assistant Scientist

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Caribbean Reef Expedition, • Topics: c289  coral reefs  study abroad • (1) Comments


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Sally on December 08, 2019

What a fun surprise to read your post here Ella!
Love the photo from aloft - the perspective is dazzling.
You’ll have to tell me about the flag later.
It’s 2°F at home this morning.
Miss you! XOXO



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