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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

February 23, 2015

One Exciting Monday!

Molly Disbrow, A Watch, Ohio Wesleyan University

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

While writing the blog I took a moment to enjoy this unique sunset view from the Cramer library… this is for you mom!

Ship's Log

Position at 1300 Watch change
18° 03.6’N x 064° 59.2’W

south of St Thomas, nearing St Croix. 

Taffrail log (nm)

Sail Plan
Sailing under the 4 lowers with a single reefed mains’l Course ordered full and by, course steered 175o psc. 

Winds E x N Beaufort force 4, seas 4-8 ft and a few scattered cumulous clouds.  Basically a great day for a sail!

Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs (estimate of totals)
Possible whale spouts (n=2) but not confirmed.  A single dolphin was observed, no positive identification.

Sargassum Observed last 24hrs (estimate of totals)
Windrows of Sargassum present throughout the day, composed largely of small fragments, no clumps of any significant size.

Souls on Board

Ahoy there parents and loved ones! Oh boy, I have an exciting day to tell all of you about!

As you might have read from Rob’s blog entry, the Corwith Cramer hit a couple of squalls yesterday evening. For our safety and “the sake of aiding the learning process,” Captain Sean decided to set anchor for the night in Brewers Bay.

Starting off this B-E-A-U-tiful day at 0300, Sarah, SEA’s Sailing intern, took over the watch until 0500 while B watch got to sleep in a little. Alison, our Mate, started off watch with some drills. She asked us to raise the “mainstay sail.” As we all ran to do the same thing, she stopped us and expressed a very important lesson of “efficiency.” Ahh that ‘damn’ word efficiency, it shows up on college exams, in sports and now on my adventure to explore the Caribbean. Well this was actually an important learning experience for my watch. Especially after yesterday evening when the Cramer come across those squalls. Instead of all six of us running to do the same thing, we needed to come up with a system using teamwork that would find a faster way to haul and free the sails.

When Captain Sean woke up, we hauled back the anchor and set sail under the “four lowers” (the mains, the mainstay sail, the forestays sail and the jib) at 0630. By 0700, we started to head south out of the Brewers Bay. As we sailed out of the bay, the sun rose and the sky was full of pinks and purples. Oh and shout out to Annie for being a great look out!!

My short watch was finally over with and at 0700 B Watch handed over responsibility of the Cramer to C Watch. At that time Becky, our steward, had prepared a delicious breakfast of waffles and watermelon!! Yummy! After breakfast came dawn clean up. During dawn clean up, everyone on your watch is divided up into sections of the boat. Each section, we have to sweep with a small portable sweeper and then mop with a sponge and a squeegee. FYI, dawn clean-up is not fun when the ship is rocking and rolling all over the place and you’re trying to mop the floors with a sponge and a squeegee. Just saying. But the best part of dawn clean-up is we get to take a shower after!! Thank god! Even though it was just a military shower, it still felt great to get all the salt and sweat off from the past three days.

Leaving Brewers bay the Cramer beat, close hauled against the trade winds back and forth between St Thomas and St Croix, ever so slightly making our way to windward.  During the Morning Watch we hove to the ship for SCIENCE! And deployed the secchi disc, CTD, towed a Neuston net Dip netted some Sargassum.  We also observed a double rainbow!

Later in the evening there was more sailing, some dolphin sightings and on my Watch we completed a 100 count; which was really cool because I got to look through a pile of geew under a microscope and actually identify different organisms - zooplankton!!

Life at sea is pretty awesome!  I want to thank everyone at SEA: my professors Jeff and Craig, Captain Sean, the mates, the interns, the scientists, engineer and the students. Thank you for making this trip happen! I seriously love every second of this trip!!

Shout out to Becky, the steward, and Colin, the student steward for the day, for making the wonderful breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oh and thanks for taking care of my Aloe plant - Max, you da best!!!!

Till next time,

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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 Uncle Rick on February 25, 2015

Great to hear about your days, Molly!

#2. Posted by Mom - Manal on February 25, 2015

Miss you Sarah! - hope you are having the time of your life - saw a picture of you a couple of posts ago and your name mentioned in Molly’s blog.

#3. Posted by Uncle Dick and Aunt Nancy on February 25, 2015

We are jealous Molly! Keep enjoying every minute. You and Uncle Dick will have sea stories to tell!

#4. Posted by Kim Disbrow on February 25, 2015

Keep the stories coming we will have to get a squeegee for Gotcha and you can show the kids how it is done!

#5. Posted by Molly's Mom on February 26, 2015

Miss you Molly! Sounds like you are having quite the adventure…looking forward to hearing more stories. Great picture-thank you. Love you.

#6. Posted by Patty on February 28, 2015

From Grandma—I am so proud of you. I love you. I think this is such a great experience and I know you will make the most of it!

We love you too. What an amazing journey, we are jealous and proud that you finally took a shower! P, C & JLB

#7. Posted by KELLY D. DISBROW on March 02, 2015


#8. Posted by peg on March 06, 2015

Molly, I’m following you - what an amazing opportunity. Can’t wait to read more!



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