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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

March 16, 2017

Crossing Cook Strait

Julia Kipp, B Watch, Union College

Suite Life on Deck (photo credit to Anna Cerf)

Ship's Log

Current Position
41°59.0’ S x 174°13.4’ E

Ship’s Heading & Speed
185° at 6.0 knots

Force 2 winds, clear skies

Souls on Board

A sunny day yesterday gave us time for one last cone of gelato and the opportunity to catch up on school work before taking on busy life at sea again. I think it’s safe to say that we all had more than enough time to do and see what we wanted in the city, and a lot of us were anxious to get back out to sea for our last week together. Between visiting Te Papa museum (multiple times), the McGuinness Institute, climbs to Mount Victoria and cable car rides to the botanical gardens, we were able to cover a lot of ground.

If you asked me what I was most excited to do on the ship from day 1, my answer without hesitation would be going aloft. Climbing the mast of the ship and being suspended over the open ocean on one of the braces isn’t something you can do any day. After much anticipation, we finally got notice that we would be able to practice going aloft while docked last night. We had gorgeous weather after a sunset and one by one B-Watch was able to climb up and take in one last view of Wellington. A-Watch was able to go aloft this morning before we departed. We also got the okay to climb whenever we wished as long as it was approved by the first mate on watch.

As for today, we couldn’t have possibly asked for better weather crossing Cook Strait for the fifth time. Completely clear skies and force 1 winds had everyone in a terrific mood. We saw water spurts from a whale in the distance, dolphins, and an abundance of albatross as we motor-sailed into the strait. It was quite a difference from our other experiences in crossing, and I think we are all grateful it was a peaceful one. Over the remaining time in the program, we will be making our way to the Chatham Rise to do a number of science deployments before heading to our final destination, Christchurch.

I am optimistic for this week because it is a week full of lasts. The last week living with all these amazing people I never would have met, the last time working together as watch groups and the last time we’ll sit down together for meals with gimbaled tables, among many other things. During my last watches I’ll take the time to appreciate the small things we tend to take for granted because before I know it I’ll be back to my normal, busy college schedule.

- Julia

P.S. Sending love to Mom, Dad, Caroline, James, Lance and Hallie! Enjoy and can’t wait to see you all.

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s271  life at sea • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by Janet White on March 17, 2017

Great post Julia! Uncle Brad will love it, especially that you love going up the mast! You’ll make a great crew for Chinook this summer! xox Auntie smile



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