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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 24, 2015

Puttering to Paradise, or Are We Already There?

Lizzie Tonkin, B Watch, Colby College

MBC spring 2015

Lizzie takes the helm!

Ship's Log

Noon Position
22° 10.1’N 066° 30.9’W

Description of location
South Sargasso Sea (try saying that five times fast)

Ship Heading

Ship Speed
3.5 knots

Taffrail Log
221.6 nm

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
28.9°C, light winds, the two stay sails and a motor

Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs
None, not even swimming humans

Sargassum Observed last 24hrs
Minimal, but present

Souls on Board

Hello Parental Units, Friend-Type-People, and other Denizens of the Internet reading this Blog,

If we were in Bermuda, laying on the beach getting a tan, today would have been a great day.  Alas, we are sailors, so extremely hot with little wind is not the ideal sailing weather.  Thankfully, we have an engine.  Today I was assistant engineer, so I was able to assist Ted in making sure the engine kept working properly.  We motor sailed on through the morning, rigging the awning to provide some welcome shade from the unrelenting sun. 

This afternoon, we had another UARV flight, taking many aerial photos of the sea surface before landing in the water to be picked up by the rescue boat.  In class, we learned how to take our sextant readings and convert them into the ship’s position using handy almanacs and trigonometry. It is amazing that we are able to use stars to find our way across a vast ocean to a tiny island; we have not yet looked at our GPS position. 

Everyone is trying hard to memorize all the lines (ropes) on the ship so that they know the ropes in time for the inter-watch competition. The favorite line onboard is by far the snack line.  I don’t know if anyone has mentioned it, but we appear to have a Cooking Goddess in the galley (kitchen),  Lauren and her daily assistant have done excellent work on the three meals plus three snacks a day.  Today alone we have eaten breakfast eggs sandwiches, fruit with whipped cream, bacon macaroni and cheese, ‘puppy chow’/’muddie buddies,’ and rumors are flying about enchiladas for dinner and cookies for midnight snack. 

From the science side, we have been doing very well. There was not as much Sargassum as yesterday, but still noticeable patches as we sailed by.  Today we caught over 20 lobster larvae, some of which were as big as two inches.  Plenty of eel larvae have been caught as well.  Yesterday’s Sargassum frenzy has been very good for my project; I am going to have to scrape barnacles off of the samples and dry them out later this evening.

I think I hear the dinner bell, so I have to go now.

Fair winds and a good night,

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c259  sargasso sea  sargassum  sailing • (0) Comments


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