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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

June 06, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 06 June 2014

Jeffrey Morgan


Pilots Whales riding the surf off of the Quarterdeck

Ship's Log

42° 16.9’’N x 060° 24.6’‘W
Course Ordered
17°C and mostly sunny

To all on shore, we have spent a whole day with the engine off and the sails up!  A low pressure system just passed over us at the beginning of Afternoon Watch and has left behind it clear and sunny skies. We have been able to exercise most of the sails today, which was a great change from the motor sailing we had been doing with just the lowers up. Currently, we are flying the storm trys’l (still up from the low pressure system), the mainstays’l, the forestays’l, the jib, the tops’l and the rafee sail.

Having the opportunity to finally get some line handling in has been a great way to get accustomed to the ship. It has also been amazing to learn how to set, strike, and handle square sails (coming from a schooner guy).  On the science side of things we have collectively been getting much better at our deployments and everyone is “learning the ropes” of the lab. We have also been flirting with the Gulf Stream and seeing some very cool Warm Core Rings or Eddys. One part of science watch duties is an hourly log of water temperature and salinity. The watch crew has been able to monitor for these rings by keeping an eye on those two measurements. The North Atlantic is typically full of cold water and lower salinity than the Gulf Stream Current. So, when the lab sees a spike in both of those temperature and salinity we know that we have crossed into a new ring! This information is very helpful for all of the research projects going on because warmer, saltier water has a big effect on what is living in the water column.

The ship has also been able to see numerous megafauna! Last night on Mid Watch we were able to see a large pod of Dolphins riding our bow wake and leaving a trail of bioluminescence with their every turn. It was quite the sight and a great way to end a long watch of sailing. I was also told that our Morning Watch saw a pod of Pilot Whales this morning! I missed it, but I am sure that it was just as wonderful.

Lastly, I’’d just like to say how nice it is to be back on a boat. I always forget just how much I love being on tall ships and the new friends you make with each sail. It has been a real pleasure to work with such an experienced crew and being able to interact with so many new faces. I am positive that the trip can only get better from here on out as we all continue to grow closer.

Fair Winds to those on land and at sea,

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Transatlantic Crossing, • Topics: c253  megafauna  sailing • (0) Comments


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