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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 17, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 17 April 2014

Brandon O’Brien, C-Watch, Cornell University


Dinner time in the main saloon.

Ship's Log

20° 37.0’ N x 066° 32.8’ W
Clear skies; Wind: Force 5, E x N; Seas: 6ft. Swells 10ft.

Another clear day of sailing aboard the Corwith Cramer! Winds have picked up slightly and the ship has been rocking a bit more today. Stumbling continues, though everyone seems to be swiftly adjusting. Seasickness is on the decline, and science is steadily progressing.

The ship’s steward and assistant steward have been hard at work feeding the hungry students and crew. Onboard we are treated to six meals a day, necessary to fuel the hard work of standing watch, adjusting the sails, and collecting samples. We enjoy breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and midnight snack. The three main meals are served in the main saloon, where everyone enjoys the new challenge of eating from the gimbaled tables. These ensure that the food stays stationary as the ship rolls, making them appear to swing back and forth from the perspective of the people sitting down. Difficulties arise when trying to pin down that last piece of grub rolling around the bowl, trying not to spill your hot cup of coffee, not putting your elbows on the table, and not hitting your shipmate in the face while passing the salad dressing, all at the same time.

Eventually, hunger drove us to learn how to feed ourselves in this new environment. Snacks are often served up on deck, where one can enjoy the salt air while munching on fresh fruit or baked goods. Afternoon snack, served following each day’s class period, is a great time for relaxing a little bit and catching up with shipmates. We are all very busy here, but never too busy to pass up food. A well-fed ship is a happy ship!

- Brandon

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