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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 11, 2021

Canned Mandarins and Other Updates

Elisabeth Landgren, B- Watch, Macalester College


Above: This is a photo of me, Elisabeth, proving that I learned my lesson from my last blog and have in fact been wearing sunscreen. Below: One of the many picturesque sunrises we have seen on the Cramer.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
39 ° 19.7’ N 073° 17.2’W

Ship Heading
075 ° PSC    

Ship Speed
3 knots

2298 nm

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Motor sailing under the four lowers on a close haul.

Description of location
60 nm E of Atlantic City

Souls on board

We left Delaware Bay yesterday and have finally shifted into our third phase where we get to be junior watch officers and junior lab officers. This means that we get to take turns over the rest of the trip to take the lead on maneuvering the vessel and doing science. I was fortunate enough to be junior lab officer yesterday and junior watch officer this morning. I learned so much from being put in a leadership role and having my peers look to me for what to do next. I am looking forward to seeing other people’s leadership styles as we continue with this phase and am feeling proud of my watch for being so supportive of me when problems arose and helping me figure out what to do next.

Over the past few days I have been spending an unreasonable amount of time on taking off and putting on additional layers of clothing. The weather has been shifty with variable amounts of wind and heat so as a rule of thumb you are never dressed right.  Additionally, since our supply of fresh fruits and vegetables has started to dwindle, we have been offered delicious canned fruits and veggies. So far my ranking of canned fruits is 1: mandarins, 2: peaches, 3: apricots, 4: apples.  Please let me know if you have any other canned fruits that you recommend or if you don’t agree with my ordering. In terms of ocean observations, we have stopped seeing sargassum since we left the Gulf Stream, we have been seeing a lot of floating plastic recently, specifically balloons, and the ocean has been fairly deep bluish gray color compared to some of the greener colors we have seen closer to shore. In other exciting news, we have run out of space in our original trash location and have had to start putting trash in the forepeak. As junior lab officers we also have to wear a well-loved skirt that requires an intricate spin maneuver to transfer power to the next junior lab officer. Lastly, we have been enjoying using some lovely pink hot water bottle hand warmers with owl designs during night watches.

- Elisabeth Landgren, B- Watch, Macalester College

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Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Samantha Cross on May 12, 2021

I thoroughly enjoy reading all the blog entries! Lovely to hear about all the amazing sights the ocean has to offer; but sad to hear about all the man-made debris also afloat. You are all learning so much; an amazing experience!

Happy Birthday to Natalie and all those celebrating birthdays while at sea! Hope you are having a wonderful birthday today Natalie! We are all thinking of you!

#2. Posted by Annelie Landgren on May 14, 2021

Great blog post Elisabeth! Great that you are using sunscreen as I have told you smile and glad you are now able to be Junior Lab and Watch officers and take on more responsibilities onboard. I know you like it. I truly enjoyed your happy voice during phone call on mothers day weekend.

Much love - mammelie smile



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