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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 22, 2015

Our First Day Out at Sea

Katarina Rolf, Carleton College

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Getting ready to haul on the mains'l!

Ship's Log

Noon Position
18° 38’N x 066° 08’W

Description of Location
Approximately 13.5nm away from San Juan, land barely in sight.

Ship Heading
015° PSC

Ship Speed

Taffrail Log

Weather/Wind/Sail Plan
Wind SExE, 6 knots, sunny skies, looking to continue on heading of 015° PSC as long as we are able.

Marine Mammals Observed Last 24 hours
1 dolphin following Cramer as we left port

Sargassum Observed Last 24 hours
Several clumps, no mats

Souls on Board

We began preparing the ship to leave port at 0700 this morning. The lines were prepped, sea sickness medication at the ready, water and food sloshing in our bellies, we were prepared to finally start our voyage across the Atlantic Ocean through the Sargasso Sea. We hauled up the mains'l, the mainstays'l, forestays'l, tops'l, and the jib to make it out of the harbor by 0830. So many lines to learn, so little time! Everything went as smoothly as we could have hoped for, and the weather has remained in our favor throughout the day.

We have been learning how to handle lines, striking and setting sails, communication skills, and even how to pull off a sophisticated maneuver (jibe, ho!). In class we learned how to deploy the Neuston tow, which will be our organism collection tool for all studies but one. We also had an introductory course on celestial navigation using sextants! Evening watch has been full of shooting stars, jibing, several organisms in the Neuston tow, and the milky way. Callouses are starting to take their hold on our hands and seasickness on our stomachs, but we are all very excited to be here. Stay tuned to hear more about how we are starting to fare out in the ocean!

Keep following our blog, and fair winds!


P.S. For my friends and family and Ivan back home, I got to steer the ship for an hour tonight! I was also the first person to break the puke barrier (merp). Overall I am happy, healthy, and having a lot of fun.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c259 • (3) Comments


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 Patricia Ward on April 24, 2015

Thanks for the update, Kata! Hope you all get your sea legs soon. Smooth sailing!

#2. Posted by Jhernie Evangelista on April 24, 2015


#3. Posted by Pete Way on April 27, 2015

Hope you are enjoying your offshore time…wish I were there !



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