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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
December 04, 2019
Back at Sea
West of Grenada
Four lowers with a single reefed main
28C, 5/8 cloud cover, 18 knots wind
5 feet seas
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