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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

August 05, 2019

Land Ho!

Natalia Sawicka & Zeke Flores, A Watch


Ship's Log

Current Position
Gloucester Harbor, 42°25.49’N, 70°40.31’W

Course & Speed
230 ish, 1.5 kn

Sail Plan
none (motoring)

clear skies with clouds to the south, 21°C

Ship’s crew

A Watch started the day off with only a few hours of sleep due to being on evening watch and being relieved at 0100. We were all exhausted but got to see some pretty neat bioluminescence and a stunning night sky! Upon waking up, many of us were fairly shocked to discover that we could finally see land (Cape Ann) from the deck.

While A Watch was sleeping, C Watch deployed many scientific instruments on their oceanographic “Super Station” at Jeffrey’s Ledge. These instruments included the neuston net (to sample zooplankton), phyto net (to sample phytoplankton), secchi disk (to measure light attenuation), hydrocast (to measure oceanographic properties with depth, and collect water), and shipek grab (to collect sediment). This gave them the data they needed to work on their oceanographic projects, which they will present to the rest of the ship’s company on Friday. Another highlight of our sampling at Jeffrey’s Ledge included the sighting of a minke whale!       

During A Watch’s meeting this morning, we had the opportunity to use cyanotype fabric, which we had a lot of fun experimenting with (please see previous blog post for explanation of cyanotype fabric). After the meeting, we had the opportunity to learn new knots in class today, including the bowline, round turn and 2 half hitches, figure 8 knot, and the square knot. However, many of us had slight difficulty focusing due to the frequent
sighting of humpback whales off the port side. The behavior of these humpbacks included blowing (breathing) and occasional fluking. 

After class, we began our course towards Gloucester Harbor, which required maneuvering around lobster pots and other vessels (and lots of communication from the bow to the stern by the lookout). Our lookout got great practice with relative bearing while the rest of A Watch got lots of practice taking in and furling the sails! Once we arrived in the harbor, we anchored and all those willing/crazy enough to swim in the freezing cold water were given the opportunity to participate in a swim call. The water during the swim call was a frigid 18.5°C. Meanwhile, our captain and steward went ashore in our rescue boat to retrieve more supplies (fresh fruit and ice cream!). Dinner tonight was a delicious mac and cheese and afterwards, just as everyone was getting ready to settle down for the night, we were given a call of “All hands to the main saloon!” Upon arriving, all hands were delighted to discover three giants tubs of ice cream sitting on the table, which required immediate consumption.

We are currently motoring out of Gloucester Harbor and will soon be setting sail for Appledore Island, which we will be exploring and tidepooling at tomorrow, as well as touring the Shoals marine biology lab! Tune in again tomorrow to hear about our adventures in the Isles of Shoals!

Hi guys! I am having so much fun aboard. We’ve seen many animals, including many whales (!), glowing plankton, and a shark, and I am now a professional pirate and basically Moana. I hope everything is well on the Cape/ in the office. I love all of you soooo much and am sending hugs to each of you! Sebe and Izzy: have fun at CCSC! Daddy, please say hi to Tygi for me. – XOXO
and so much love, Natalia

Hey Mom and Dad! Everything is going well here.  The food is almost as good as Chick-fil-A. I’m learning a lot of useful seamanship skills here that will definitely help me out in the future.  Hope everything is going well there. - Zeke

- Natalia Sawicka from Massachusetts, Zeke Flores from Virginia; A Watch

Categories: Corwith Cramer,SEA Expedition, • Topics: sea expedition 2  life at sea  port stops  science  sailing • (5) Comments


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Monika, Izzy and Sebe on August 06, 2019

Wow!  Great to hear you have so much fun and you are learning so much.
Natalia—we love you and miss you! xoxo

#2. Posted by Marilyne on August 06, 2019

A minke whale! That’s very exciting!! Hopefully, everyone got a chance to see that. Humpbacks are definitely a treat to watch, too. I can only imagine the skill it must have taken to navigate around lobster pots and pleasure craft yesterday.
It’s been 31 C in Portland, but somehow a dip in 18.5 C water does sound crazy and not comfortably refreshing. 

Very happy to see all having a great time and learning a lot. I look forward to reading about Appledore Island and the SML.



#3. Posted by AMZ on August 07, 2019

Hi All, Tooling around New Foundland waiting for you to come in, maybe we’ll see you off shore?  Take care.

#4. Posted by Julia Bhalla on August 07, 2019

Hi Julia,

Looks like you have been having a wonderful. How exiting the trip sounds from the reports. Can’t wait to hear about it from you when you return.

#5. Posted by Sandy on August 07, 2019

Your voyage sounds amazing! I’m still trying to get over seeing a person atop a very high sail in the picture above. Incredible! What a feeling that must be. Emily and Sarah P., I hope you enjoyed your visit to Gloucester! Sorry we were not there to see you. Em, your mom said Jon thought he saw your ship offshore.

Hope you all enjoy the last few days of your incredible adventure.

We miss you Sarah. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures first hand.



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