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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

June 09, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 09 June 2014

Grace Hilling, C Watch, Colgate University


Group shot on the quarter deck! We’re all alive well, and having a blast!

Ship's Log

41°49.4’N x 052° 31.0’W
Course Ordered
5.5 kts
12°C and windy

June 8th at approximately 2200: I was on cloud 9, singing to myself (as we all usual do) when assigned forward watch at night cause uhh hello? Who doesn’t love hanging with some dolphins creating trails of bioluminescence, on the bow of a sailboat with a starlit sky overhead. So unbelievably cool. But today, aye caramba. Today started out a bit more chaotic than expected. Let’s face it, waking up to a siren for an alarm is never ideal and not knowing whether it’s a drill or real life on a boat you’ve been on for approximately a week and a day is even worse… But nonetheless like a flock of penguins, ( Liz in particular, she was mid-shower when the alarm went off) we all waddled our way up to the deck around 1000 this morning preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Luckily, it ended up being just a DRILL so no worries families! Gumby suits and all, we prepared to abandon the ship as calm, cool, and collected Captain Rick and the crew members directed us through the process. It was ultimately a successful drill and afterwards we discussed, among other things, how communication is essential on the lovely SSV Corwith Cramer.

After being stood down by Captain Rick, A and C Watch groups went below deck to finish up academic work, munch on some wonderful eats catered by Sayzie and Beckett (Steward’s assistant for the day), and nap before 1400 class while B watch did their normal duties. During class, Dani and I finally Identified our first Topher (Myctophid/more commonly known as lanternfish, I highly recommend looking them up on the google if you’ve never heard of them before) for our research project with the assistance of Audrey! So exciting! In order to do so, we used a dichotomous key from the Fishes of the North West Atlantic handbook aka Myctophid bible. But anyways, when it was C watches turn to take over watch, Carolyn, Matt and I were assigned the Lab. Processing the Hydrocast, taking Chlorophyll-a readings and calculating the biomass of the zooplankton from the neuston tow were a few tasks awarded to us during our watch and we completed them all! During which we also assisting the deck watch with lines i.e. Maggie, Liz, Ryan and Jeff (Lilly was on dish duty). After line handling we ventured back into lab, calculated the biomass, and spotted a few little critters I think are worth noting. 1. Matt’s little buddy Neville (Nudibranch) which blended right into the Sargasso/seaweed looking clumps that float alongside the surface water 2. A juvenile flying fish (looks like a miniature dragon). These are just a few of the many deep sea critters who never cease to amaze us.

For now,

Shout outs:
Grace: Ma, we saw a bat dart across the boat the other night and I particularly thought of you. Love and miss you mucho -  Dad, Ellie, and Tomas missin’ you too, wish you were ALL here to experience this with me.  
Polly: Love you, Mom!
Ben: Thinking of you always S.I.C.
Matt: Dad, Happy almost Father’s Day!

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