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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 16, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 16 April 2014

Victoria Young, A-Watch, University of South Carolina


Victoria and Brittany retrieve the 2-m net following deployment.

Ship's Log

19° 25’’N x 66° 04’‘W
Bright and partly cloudy, Winds ENE Force 3, 3ft Swell

Exciting news on the science front: larval eels and larval spiny lobsters collected in our tows and microbes are starting their data processing! The students have completed two Neuston net tows and our first stacked tow (three nets on one wire!). Students broke out the sextants and practiced some celestial navigation during class today. Watches are trying to learn their lines and sails (9 sails total-4 lower and about 60 lines of about 9 types) by the Line Relay next Tuesday.

Everyone is settling in to their new routine of watches, nap taking, and meal shifts. The evidence of seasickness is disappearing …although sunburns are slowly appearing-Put on sunscreen. Students are beginning to strap on their sea legs walk around deck with much less stumbling and significantly more confidence. The students are practicing their new techniques-sweating the line, making a line fast, deploying a CTD. Most people have done each job at least once, including steering the ship, being the lookout at the bow, and completing boat checks. Hourly observations are being conducted of the weather conditions and progress made. A few entries into the Life Log have been recorded-birds and fish mostly. Evidence of Sargassum has floated by, but nothing adequate for the study.  

Morale is high. Everyone has completed their first full watch, done with orientations (for the most part), and successfully completed safety training. Meals are great, and below deck has cooled off immensely.

We lost sight of land during the night and now sapphire blue waters encompass us! While a Robin’s egg blue sky is aloft—the ship rocks us slowly to sleep…well those of us not on watch.

- Victoria

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