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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
April 25, 2015
Dodging Squalls then Field Day Calls
23° 47.5’ N x 66° 44.0’ W
Description of location
South Sargasso Sea
308 Nautical Miles
Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
29.8° C; 5-7 knot westerly winds; scattered squalls; forestays’l and mainstays’l set
Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs (estimate of totals)
1 unidentified whale sighted by the Captain this afternoon
Sargassum Observed last 24hrs (estimate of totals)
Many, many windrows
Good Evening Parents, Friends, Lovers, Acquaintances and other blog readers that don’t fall under any of these categories,
All students aboard the Corwith Cramer are starting to get used to the schedule of rotating watch shifts. Altogether there is dawn watch (0300-0700), morning watch (0700-1300), afternoon watch (1300-1900), evening watch (1900-2300) and mid watch (2300-0300). Sleeping opportunities are precious and nap time is definitely taken advantage of by many. This morning my watch (A team!) relieved C watch at 0700 and the seas were still calm like the day before. We motor sailed for the rest of the day due to the lack of wind. This doesn’t appear to be the case for the near future as 20-30 knot winds are forecasted for the next couple days.
Around 0800 Robbie, the visiting scientist aboard, presented a cultural and geological history of Bermuda to myself and the rest of A watch. The rest of the morning and afternoon was spent dodging squalls in the distance and performing science. Every day at noon a neuston net is deployed into the water. This net captures anything in its path and sits right on the surface of the water as we tow it for half an hour at approximately two knots. In addition to the neuston net, a CTD was deployed this morning. This is a scientific instrument that stands for conductivity, temperature and depth. Conductivity measures salinity of the water and pressure is translated into depth. This is casted off into the water column in order to get a profile of the properties of that water.
Once a week on Saturday is a fun event for the crew members of Mama Cramer called Field Day. It’s not the kind of field day you’re thinking of where you race across the soles of the ship with an egg on a spoon in your mouth. This event is dedicated to cleaning every nook and cranny on the ship and everybody is involved. Warning: be on the lookout for “mung” – the dirt and grime that finds its way deep into each and every crevice – the kind that mothers have nightmares about. That is why we had special knives and toothbrushes assigned to attack this horrible beast. After cleaning our little mobile island from the below deck soles to the top of the masts all hands mustered with their soap for a shower with the fire hose.
Watches resumed shortly thereafter where Joe, Robert, Helena and Liz and I who were off watch relaxed on the head rig while the seas rolled by us. We talked of friends and family back home, future goals and aspirations and the usual ship shenanigans. All in all, life on board is quite amazing and such an eye opener to the powerful nature of teamwork and friendship. An old friend once told me the best kind of ship is, in fact, friendship and I believe her.
Lastly I want to say I love you to my grandmother, father, mother (I’m very proud of you, Mom), brothers, sister, cousins and the rest of my family as well as my friends back at home and at school. I’m staying plenty busy out here in the middle of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean and miss all of you so much. Next landfall: Bermuda!
P.S. Shout out to all my friends and the crew of Seamans S-257 Global Ocean trip.