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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
July 29, 2018
Orientation Station Rotations
Anchored in Nahant Bay, Massachusetts
Ahoy Land lubbers!
We woke up at 0700 to the ringing of the breakfast triangle. We filled our bellies with pancakes and bacon and discussed our difficulties with sleeping at sea. We quickly shifted into morning chores, scrubbing the deck, washing the dishes and tidying our bunks. After taking care of Mother Cramer, we moved into orientation station rotations where we learned how to handle lines, deploy science equipment, and man the helm. While these lessons were brief, they were enriched by years of experience and knowledge. After earning our lunch, we devoured deliciously cooked chicken provided for us by our wonderful stewards, Natalie, and Ger.
We then reported back to the deck where each watch was briefed about their tasks in the case of an emergency, such as manning the sails, addressing the emergency, and supporting the team. One particular highlight between the man overboard, fire, and abandon ship drills was dressing in our fashionable survival suits and taking to the runway (more commonly known as the port forward deck) and posing for a photo shoot. Using our newly learned skills, we set the sails and headed to our new anchorage. While A watch took the first watch, we (B Watch) went below deck for a delicious dinner of spaghetti, meatballs, and bread.
We then had an enlightening class with Chuck Lea, PhD, Oceanography, faculty at SEA. We learned a bit about the history of Stellwagen Bank and why Stellwagen and the Canyons are unique marine habitats. We had anchor watch which we split into multiple hour and a half shifts. None of us were on the first shift, so while two of us (Spenser and Kai) decided to stay awake until our watch, one of us (Warren) went to sleep for a few hours. Night watches were, although interesting and fun, really tiring . After our watches, we climbed into our bunks and called it a night. Our first full day on the Cramer filled us with excitement for the days to come.
Shout out to my dog, Bear - Spenser
Shout out to the deer that lives in my yard. - Kai
Shout out to the Weissbluth fam;) - Warren