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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 16, 2014

Dolphin Watch

Doug Licitra / Alexander Morrow, Saint Joe’s University / Bard College at Simon’s Rock


Ship's Log

46° 51.095’’ N x 009° 42.943’’ W
motor sailing at 1250 rpm 6.4 knots
mostly cloudy, force two winds from the southeast

Hey all,
Doug and Alex here.
After a futile attempt at sailing yesterday, we are now motor sailing because of the lack of wind. That being said, the day still turned out to be productive. First, C-Watch (Doug, Alex, Mo, Evan) had a personal writing session with Professor Dan regarding our second paper topics. We then transitioned into an interesting all hands class meeting in which we learned about historical fishing industries of the area, particularly as they pertain to Herring, Sardines, and Codfish.

During afternoon watch, we studied our lines while waiting for wind. It never came. Because of this, we felt a bit lethargic and decided to have a C-Watch workout. We did abs and push-ups among other exercises, which really helped us mesh as a group.  Getting back in the rhythm of a full watch schedule after a few days at port has taken a little time, but after some excessive sleeping, coffee and repeat, I think it’s pretty accurate to say we have done so. I don’’t think anyone has described the watch system yet, so in short, there are five periods split between three watches, rotating throughout day and night, —hence why we’re sitting up writing at 3 in the morning. But somehow it all works out, and the ship keeps sailing (at least when there’s wind).

We were really excited to be visited by dolphins last night. As Alex was manning the lookout position and I the helm, we noticed the sound of something surfacing for air. As you may expect we became very excited because up until last night, we have seen very little marine life aside from sea birds and a few small fish. After handing the helm to Sarah, the C-Watch mate, I ran up to the bow to watch the dolphins. It seems that they enjoy riding the waves that the Cramer makes. We watched from just a few feet away as the dolphins played in the waves for about thirty minutes. It was an awesome experience and we hope to see more marine life soon.

‘Hi’‘s to everyone, you know who you are –Alex I want to say hi again to my dad, mom, and grandma back home! Miss you guys!- Doug

Until next time,
Doug & Alexander

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Historic Seaports of Western Europe, • Topics: c254  megafauna • (0) Comments
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