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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 01, 2015

Ramblings of an Intern

Robert Barlow, Intern, Archimedes Aerospace LLC, Montpelier High School

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

The Origin of a Flight

Ship's Log

Noon Position
30° 18.0’N x 065° 46.1’W

Description of location
135nm from Bermuda!

Ship Heading

Ship Speed

Taffrail Log

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Windy and Wavy

Sargassum Observed last 24hrs
Significant variability in observation, “Probably not much” (Laura)

Souls on Board

How does one convey the qualities of the Sargasso sea? Words form a structure with gaps for the imagination to fill, but one’s imagination can’t be skewed far enough in the right direction, nor can one’s uneducated mind truly articulate the sea. A picture conveys an instance in time, but to convey an instance in time of the sea is akin to handing someone a shade of blue; certainly a part of the whole, but a little one at that. Video approaches the best description of the scene through a section of time, but that section of time is only shown in two dimensions for one of our senses over a short period; it is missing truly almost all of the things that make the sea, the sea - those multitudes of other dimensions. The sea and the ocean as a whole are so much more than a direction for our imagination, a color of blue or a sequence of images on a screen; To try to depict the sea through our meager means would be to show ignorance as to the whole of its nature.

In other news, the voyage has gone well! Today we are back under sail towards Bermuda in an effort to arrive at 0830 on Sunday. The weather has settled down ever so slightly, but the conditions are still sporty and waves are cresting at around 11 feet. Today we had a man over board (MOB) drill in conjunction with a test UARV retrieval, which went smoothly and yielded information as to the best way to grab the aircraft from the water. As per the SEA Shark, the UARV, we have had one successful flight that garnered two clumps of Sargassum but we are currently permanently grounded due to a blown capacitor in the ESC.

Finally, thank you to everyone that has enabled me to take on such an amazing trip, specifically Archimedes Aerospace and John Hanning, SEA and Amy Siuda, and finally my family. Tony, if you read this, the Cramer and crew misses you and future me, when you read this again, remember to stay classy. Shout-out to my friends back home, and happy birthday to Liz’s mom, Lindsey Grutchfield and my Dad.

- Robert

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