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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 22, 2019

Oceanography Project Presentations

Dr Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist

Ship's Log

Current Location
42° 19’ N 070° 57’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Anchored Inner Harbor Island, Boston, MA

Winds NNE Beaufort Force 3, cloudy, scattered showers though our deck is mostly dry.

Ship’s crew

After a week at sea with no land in sight, the presence of the Boston cityscape on the horizon and the crisscross of scurrying boat traffic has been nothing less than dramatic.  However, our intrepid sailor/scientists remained focused on their duties and brought us safely to anchor near Georges Island, part of Boston Harbor proper. 

This afternoon each Watch presented an oceanographic summary of their Super Station - a ‘deploy all toys’ approach to studying different regions along our cruise track.  A Watch (Cayla Ossen-Gutnick, Logan Almeida, Dylan Quadrini, Maddie Young, Jay Norris, Nick Wu, Libby Horton, and Hanna Saveraid) shared what they learned about the New England continental shelf, south of Cape Cod.  B Watch (Eliza Atwood, Diego Inigo-Payne, Eleni Papoutsakis, Jackson Karas, Ariane Breti, Tamara Crawford, and Tim McGuinness) shared what they learned about the offshore waters of the Northeast Canyons and Seamount Marine National Monument.  And finally, we heard from C Watch (Indi Guckert, Francesca Johnson, Isabel Lee, Jaxon Alpert, Audrey Ashabrenner, Young Hu, Charlotte Aberg, and Alfonso Morell) who shared all they learned about George’s Bank. 

Within the Watches each of our sailor/scientists took responsibility for a specific deployment, the associated sample collected, and corresponding data derived from hours of processing and analysis in the lab.  Interpretations of their results were placed in a comparative context of regional oceanographic conditions, namely: cold, less salty water flowing in from the north, runoff from land and shallow coastal areas providing nutrients, and the offshore influence of warm, salty waters of the Gulf Stream which also delivered the mysterious Sargassum community within reach of our nets! 

Everyone did a great job and I am so proud of their hard work, curiosity, and intellectual tenacity.  Oceanography in this region, with the multiple influences north, south, and coastal, makes for a dynamic system; and patterns that are easily recognized are not so easily explained.  Be sure to ask about their oceanography project and take a look at their field journals where observations were meticulously recorded.  And of course, I encourage you to take a look at the many photographs that try to capture the magic of our time at sea! 

Now, with presentations concluded, our sailor/scientists are enjoying a bit of time relaxing onboard Mama Cramer.  Some are enjoying the views from aloft, others are playing cards in the Main Salon, others are chatting on the Lab Top enjoying a pleasant breeze waiting for sunset, and others are working on crafts or reflecting in their journals while some are in the Library selecting photos to take home… or in short, all are finding their way to forge lasting friendships with their shipmates.  We have truly formed a special community out here and I dearly hope these fine shipmates stay in touch over the years and perhaps one day decide to try their luck at sea once again and join us for another sail on the SSV Corwith Cramer

Cheers and sweet dreams to family, friends, and loved ones. 

- Jeff

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