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Current position of the SSV Corwith Cramer. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the tools, top right, to change the map style or view data layers.

SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer



On My Way!

John Irving, C Watch, Stonehill College
Oceans & Climate

Testing surface water for pH, alkalinity, and nutrients, while also conducting a neuston tow.

Ship's Log

Current Position
27°20.4’N x 016°15.3’W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
280° PSC at 4 kts

Sail Plan
Four lowers and tops’l

Under a super moon

Souls on Board

As we leave the mountains of Gran Canaria and Tenerife behind us, we are finally earning what we have been working so hard for: blue open ocean aboard the Corwith Cramer. For the past 24 hours I have been in a state of awe because this dream of mine has finally come true, but also have a strong sense of pride knowing the amount of work I have put in to get here. Although I am excited, I realize the vast amount of work ahead of me - sailing requires work for every mile and we are an ocean away from Dominica.

Life on the Cramer is very busy. Last night after casting off, C Watch had her first watch and there was no better way to soak up this experience than being immediately put to work. After sail handling, driving the ship, navigating, standing lookout, and conducting boat checks I was surely ready for bed. But after a 0600 wakeup and a delicious breakfast from our wonderful steward, I was ready for watch again. This morning in lab I deployed the first CTD cast to 1500m, conducted a phytoplankton tow, and conducted a neuston tow, the last of which collected some amazing samples like pelagic nudibranchs and a daytime cephalopod. At 1430 we had class on the quarterdeck (which is a little more motivating than in a classroom). After this long day I have to rest up because I have dawn watch right around the corner at 0100. The work onboard may seem tedious, tiring, and difficult, but I truly enjoy it because I am living a dream and conducting meaningful research at the same time.

Over this first day I’ve been motivated by the environment around me, and as I immerse myself in it I find it to be the most amazing place in the world. Being on the bowspirit makes you feel on top of the world as you look down to the perfectly blue water below you, and at night on lookout the sounds and sights of waves in the moonlight is mesmerizing. My favorite so far has been lying on top of the lab, looking up at the mast and sails moving among the clouds as the boat rolls. Lying there I thought about the people I missed, but rather than missing them I thought about how excited I was to tell them about this journey. Hopefully someday I will be able to share this experience with the ones I love because even after one day as a true sailor I am already having the best time of my life.

Mom, I am okay and I love you (also keep an eye out for another blog post on your birthday). Brenna, I love you and miss you already. To the rest of my family and friends, thank you for everything you’ve done to help me make it this far, I couldn’t have done it without you.

- John

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c270  life at sea  science  research • (3) Comments
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#1. Posted by John Irving on November 15, 2016

Great first blog Johnny..we love you..Mom..Brenna and your crying sister xo

#2. Posted by Jim Bowen on November 15, 2016

Thanks for our first “taste” of life at sea!  Hope you have a great trip!

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