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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

December 31, 2019

Growing SEA Legs!

Lauren, Cam, David, B Watch, Penn State University


Tia at the Helm

Ship's Log

Current Position
18°11.7’N x 064°46.2’W (South of St. John, USVI)

Ship’s Heading & Speed
008 Degrees Magnetic, 7.4 knots

Sail Plan
Motor sailing with 4 lowers and full mainsail

Cloudy and cool with signs of light rain up ahead; Winds NExE Force 2; Seas 2-3 feet

Pull in the gangplank and hoist the sails! Today we pulled away from the dock in St. Croix and plunged straight into our voyage to San Juan (with a lovely stop in the British Virgin Islands only days away). However, adjusting to life on the high seas came with its own unique challenges. Many struggled with seasickness, some struggled with coiling heavy ship line, and everyone struggled with staying cool in the bright Caribbean sun.

However, with every passing hour, we became all the better at handling these newfound problems. Seasickness was treated with meclizine, food, plenty of water, and keeping our eyes on the glittering endless horizon. Knots and rope coiling techniques slowly improved with plenty of practice. And, truthfully, after a couple too many hours baking in the sun, some of us figured out it was time to start applying sunscreen a little more often.

Our watch group, B Watch, worked today from 1300 to 1900 after helping out with our initial departure. Cam, Lauren, and Monica worked in the laboratory and learned valuable techniques necessary for collecting data samples, recording oceanographic data, and deploying scientific equipment. The scientific team took surface samples using nets and buckets, even finding bioluminescent zooplankton in their samples. They also collected sediment samples from the bottom (10 meters below deck). David, EJ, and Tia helped keep the ship on track and in working order by adjusting the sails, keeping the helm, and doing routine checks to ensure the safety of the craft and crew. Last but not least, Helen worked in the galley (still coming on deck whenever she could to help out) helping the stewards cook amazing meals for the crew throughout her watch.

The end result, a stimulating, challenging, and vastly rewarding first day at sea.

- Lauren, Cam & David, B Watch, Penn State University

Categories: Corwith Cramer, • Topics: c289a  penn state  life at sea  field oceanography • (0) Comments
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