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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 17, 2015

Pros/Cons of life on board

Jennifer Dong, C Watch, Grinnell College

Oceans & Climate

Carousel deployment for morning watch. C Watch is hard at work!

Ship's Log

26° 15’ N x 17° 53’ W

Description of location
Sailing away on the Canary Current!

6.65 knots

NE x E at Beaufort Force 4


193.4 nm

Souls on Board

Ahoy from the Canary Current! We're currently sailing away (good riddance, motoring) for Dominica. All of us are being put hard to work on setting (putting up) and striking (taking down) the sails. To everyone reading right now, be prepared for some tough calloused hands when we get back. School on the Corwith Cramer is most definitely a different experience than school on land. The late nights and plentiful naps from college have been preparing us for the sporadic sleep schedule on board. Personally speaking, I might just like this schedule more. Also, how often does class get interrupted on land by five dolphins playing off the starboard side?? Today we even had the chance to see fin whales! Class is daily at 1430 on the quarter deck by the helm. For part of class today, we went over how to deploy and collect water samples using the carousel. Turns out the hardest part might just be making sure the whole instrument doesn't go crashing into the Cramer as it sways around in all directions.

To my family and friends reading - I love and miss you all and can't wait to get home for Christmas, then back to campus in Spring. Family, I can't believe you finally got a puppy when I left the continent! To mom and dad, I promise I'm staying safe and listening to rules and studying and not getting too sea sick and.. Etcetcetc.

Unexpected perks of the sea component - Climbing out on the head rig at the bow of the boat and watching fish race the Cramer. Seeing how bright celestial bodies look without city light pollution. Getting involved with a community of sailors who love the sciences. Getting to wear a harness around 30% of the time. All the help with your research project. Not having to worry about doing laundry.

Unexpected cons of SEA's boat component - Not doing laundry.

See you all on the other side of the Atlantic!

- Jennifer

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c263  life at sea  sailing  megafauna • (4) 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 QY on November 18, 2015

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for sharing experience on board. Hope you all enjoy your time out there. Please say hello to my dearest friend, Siya Qiu.

#2. Posted by Dong Family! on November 26, 2015

Hi Jennifer!
Mom said the article is interesting to read.
We miss you too and stay safe. Also lil Chance is eager to meet you!!
Lots of Love,
Mom, Dad,Nancy, Pup, and I

#3. Posted by Bryson on December 13, 2015


#4. Posted by Bryson Cale on December 13, 2015

Hi Jenny! I’m glad you’re safe at c! I can’t wait to c you again. C you soon


CCap’n CCale



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