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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
July 19, 2019
It’s Cold and Foggy and Moist and Absolutely Terrific
41°12.248’ N x 068°40.965’ W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
350°, 3.5 kn
Force 4 winds, 3 foot waves, foggy and humid
Today was cold. The morning started off sunny and moderately cloudy, but all of a sudden, the fog set in. We could barely see 10 feet in front of us, and it brought a huge mass of moist air. Our hair became engulfed in droplets of dew, and we turned on the fog horn, which was very loud and scary.
Tomorrow is the “line chase,” a competition to see which Watch group knows their lines the best, but there are SOOOO many different lines. We also were taught how to do bowline knot, reef knot, and round turn and two half-hitches.
In the Neuston tow today we found some super lobsters, which are American lobsters in their 4th larval stage that look like miniature lobsters only about a centimeter long and swim with their claws in front of them. There was also a small jellyfish that C watch found that shriveled up due to the high concentration of ethyl alcohol in which it was preserved. Those on lab duty today also had a rare opportunity to deploy niskin bottles individually attached to the wire, something Chief Scientist, Jeff, hadn’t done in 15 years which would normally be done using a hydrocast, but that was not working properly so we had to go back to earlier technology. The purpose of a hydrocast is to collect water at different depths to analyze the phosphate and chlorophyll levels.
We are currently sailing on George’s Bank, and there are moderate waves. In addition to the weather being much colder, the water is too. We saw a drop from 28 degrees Celsius to 14 degrees in about 24 hours, an unusual phenomenon due to our leaving the warmer Gulf Stream waters. We still grieve the loss of our hero Tony Stark and I hope Peter and Co. are keeping the world okay. Even though the work on the boat can be grueling, we are OKAY!
The food is really good and we had pizza today, and although our sleep schedules will be a bit wonky when we get back home, we are very grateful for this new experience. We are all getting to know each other, and it’s pretty exciting to meet people from all over the country who have the same interests as us. We hate to admit it, but it feels pretty nice “disconnecting” from our phones, and instead we are reading and writing!
Hey Family! What’s up? Like said in the blog, I am actually reading books now. I’m having a great time and we’ve seen a lot of cool things. How is that little dog? The sleep schedule has been a bit of an adjustment for me, and I’ve quickly become known as that guy who never gets up and is always falling asleep. But other than that, I am doing great. I can’t wait to see everyone, and I hope the Sox aren’t totally sucking. Also I think I’m gonna run out of deodorant… Yours truly, Nick
Hello mom and Hadley!!! I miss you and love you! I hope you are taking good care of milly! Young and I are bffs now and we are hoping our siblings can be the same lol. The boat is really fun and I am learning a lot. I’ve made lots of new friends and I am learning how to sail which is rlly fun but confusing. Ive seen so many dolphins and I am taking lots of pictures. Can’t wait to see y’all soon! Xoxo Libby (Gossip Gal)
Hi Mom and Dad. It is me again. This blog was not written by me so it makes a little more sense. I have been having a really fun time. Libby says hi because if you hadn’t heard yet we are besties like you and her mom. We were thinking about spending Thanksgiving together… is that coolio? I don’t know what I am even on this personal message thing because this isn’t even my watch’s blog. Also can you send me some food at the coordinates above. Also what is your opinion on White Chicks? I also love my Keens so you should strongly recommend them to Libby’s mom. Don’t forget to send me food and love, Young.
Dear Family, I have found myself with a clan of fellow possums. Love, Jaxon Hi Mom, Dad, Leif, Elisabeth and Wren; love you and miss you. I’m having a great time and hope you are too. – love Hanna Love and miss you guys!! – Maddie