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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

June 10, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 10 June 2014

Dane Rudy, Purdue University


Two Common Dolphins playing alongside the S.S.V. Corwith Cramer.  (Photo credit: Dan Stone)

Ship's Log

41° 40.0’’N x 049° 33.5’’W
Course Ordered
5.3 kts
11°C and cloudy with steady Westerlies

It is incredible to stop and think that I am sitting in a sailing vessel tracking across the Atlantic. This isn’’t only an experience anymore, but a way of life. Living at sea gets better and better as waking up for dawn watch becomes an occasion to look forward to, and our steward Sayzie somehow makes every meal better than the last. Cramer is really starting to become home.

Yesterday I was assigned to assist our engineer Mickey for morning watch. We fixed a minor leak in the piping to the reverse osmosis water desalination unit, and he walked me through some of the machinery required to keep a tall ship running. Today I had some time to assist him with changing the oil in the deck generator, and he explained in greater detail the power systems to provide energy for lighting, ventilation, heating, and miscellaneous science equipment on board. Cramer is not only an amazing work of engineering from the outside as a sailing ship, but under the skin she is remarkable as well.

Today in afternoon watch I was assigned to science where we processed a hydrocast deployment from earlier in the day. At the top of every hour we take general readings on water temperature, salinity, current profiles, wind profiles, and much more. Part of this process is observing any signs of life outside of the ship for six minutes.  Just as I stepped on deck for the 1600 observation, a pod of dolphins decided to join our cruise, 22 in total! Only a fraction of the amazing wildlife we have seen so far.

Today we also sailed over the resting place of the Titanic; an incredible milestone on our cruise across the Atlantic.

- Dane

P.S. A big hello from the Atlantic to my mom and dad in Hudson, WI. Love you and happy almost father’s day Dad! Also to Alison and Knox in MN, and Erica in NY; missing you all. To my PESCers across the globe and everyone else; hope you are all having a great summer!

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