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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 28, 2019

Learning those Lines

Emily Klimczak, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Above: Everyone getting information from Captain Greg about the emergency fire drill; Below: Dr. Page, Jamie, Izzy, and Francesca hanging out in the shade; Me at the helm at sunset!

Ship's Log

13˚ 48’N, 63˚ 58’W

3 knots

Sail Plan
port tack under 4 lowers with single reef in the mains’l

27.5 ˚C, mostly clear skies, force 1 winds

1 foot seas (very calm)


Souls on board

Today was a very early morning for A watch! We had the night shift, so we were watching over the ship from 1900-0100 (or 7 pm on Tuesday to 1 am on Wednesday). I was in the science lab for this watch. First we completed a 100-point count. We analyzed samples taken earlier that day and identified exactly a hundred of the zooplankton present. There were some really cool nails and crab larvae in our samples. Later on that night we deployed the neuston net. In order to do this we had to tie one of our plankton nets over the side of the boat to collect any organisms living in the top layer of the ocean. This would be our last science deployment for a while since we were about to enter into the Venezuelan exclusive economic zone. Sadly, we do not have a permit to collect data here, so we are just sailing through.

After taking a short nap from night watch, I woke up and went to the top deck. Everyone was hanging out in the shady areas. Even some of the people who had been seasick were on the top deck and looked like their old selves again. The seasickness is finally started to leave C-289! The waves were extra high today. Many of us were standing in the bow of the ship enjoying the rocking of the boat. We all decided that the rocking made us feel like we were on the Tower of Terror ride at Disney World. The waves kept making my stomach drop. There were even times where we would get splashed, which felt so good after standing in the heat. Later, we completed an emergency fire drill. Captain Greg pretended there was a fire in the lab and we all had to respond. Being in A watch, my job was to help deploy the fire hoses and spray water at the lab to cool it down and, ideally, stop the fire altogether. This drill ran pretty smoothly and, hopefully, if there is ever a real fire, we will be ready!

Later on that evening we came upon our second watch of the day, the dusk watch. This watch was one of my favorites so far on the Corwith Cramer. I was on deck for this watch. That means I got the opportunity to switch between steering the ship at the helm, being on lookout for any objects ahead of us, doing a boat check, and weather logging. We also had time to go over the different lines all around the boat. There is a competition Friday between the watches to see who knows their lines the best. I need to keep practicing. Can’t let my watch down!

Towards the end of the watch the sky was beautiful. We got to watch the sun set and witness the first stars appear in the sky. After the watch was over, I got to lie outside for a while looking at the stars. I was thinking about my family and was wondering what they were doing at that moment. There are way more stars here than back home. My mom would be jealous of how many shooting stars I have already seen. It was an amazing day at sea and I cannot wait for Thanksgiving tomorrow!

- Emily Klimczak, SUNY College of Environmental  Science and Forestry

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Caribbean Reef Expedition, • Topics: c289  study abroad  life at sea  science • (2) Comments
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#1. Posted by Carolyn Schabert on November 29, 2019

What an amazing experience for you and your Corwith Cramer family. Hope you’re making wishes on all those shooting stars!
Miss and love you, Grandma

#2. Posted by Ann Szeplaki on November 30, 2019

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving at sea! Love reading about all your adventures and seeing the pictures. Enjoy the rest of your trip!



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