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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

June 09, 2015

Safety drill: Oscar has been saved

Sarah McTague, C Watch, Stony Brook University

Transatlantic Crossing

Thaaaaaare she blows!

Ship's Log

Noon Position
42° 33.7’N x 059° 10.9’W

85 nautical miles southeast of Sable Island.

Ship Heading
075° PSC

Ship Speed
7.4 knots

Weather/Wind/Sail Plan
Blue, sunny skies. SE Force 2 wind. Motor sailing under the 4 lowers.

Marine Mammals
Fin whale as well as several spouts of other whales throughout the day.

Sargassum Observed
Small fragments.

Souls on Board

Today marks the sixth day at sea for us here aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. It has been a lovely day filled with sunshine and plenty of smiles as the last of us have finally reached the end of our sea sickness. For C watch, our day started last night on our watch from 1900-2300. We were amazed by one of the most beautiful sunsets you could imagine, which several people said looked like it was painted across the sky. As I took the forward lookout, I was astonished to see the colors of the sunset slowly fade away into the night sky, as the stars took their place. I have literally never seen so many stars at once in my entire life. It was amazing, and over warm cups of hot chocolate, we steered the boat into the night, as Rocky, third mate, used a laser pointer to point out several constellations and planets to us.

Soon followed another early morning, as the rest of C watch and I started our day at 0600 waking up in preparation for standing the morning watch. With not a cloud in the sky, we took our positions, and our watch had a few lovely surprises, including a very close encounter with a whale! Only several hundred feet away, the beautiful creature swam next to our boat for a good minute, before submerging for one last time. Throughout the rest of the day, there were several times when spouts of whales could actually be seen out in the distance.

During a celestial navigation lesson, several of us were distracted by Canada (no joke), who called in asking us a few questions and letting us know that they would be sending a plane out nearby to check on our ship. Expecting a plane to fly up above us, we were astonished when a small plane flew very low and very close by our boat, almost as close as the whale! Well, maybe not quite that close, but it was an incredible sight as the plane turned around once more, and flew by again just as close as the first time. We gave one last wave good-bye to Canada, and got back to work. We finally ended our watch was some shooting with sextants at local apparent noon time. This is the calculated time of the day in which the sun is at its highest point in the sky. Using the sextants and some simple math, Sarah H., Maria, Joseph, and I were all able to come up with latitudes that were all less than 10 miles off the accurate GPS latitude, which Captain Rick said was incredible for our first time shooting the sun. Other than some of us learning celestial navigation, additional morning adventures included A watch be able to climb up into the rigging, leading to the top of the mast of the ship!

Following BC playing violin for us on deck, reports of the day were given in afternoon class by Fabia, Ethan, Darcy, Sarah H, and Garrett, all about the weather we are expecting in the next few days, a lesson about waves, as well as another killer joke from our Captain. We also had a safety drill that happened to be a man overboard.  It took only 8 minutes to ‘save’ our dummy Oscar, luckily not needing any medical assistance, though Captain advised CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as needed. For a reward, we were treated to a delicious afternoon snack of cinnamon rolls!

It’s been another wonderful day here aboard the Cramer, and here is to more sunny skies and hopefully a windier tomorrow!

- Sarah

P.S. I wanted to say hello to my family and friends back home, and let you guys know I’m having an amazing time here on ship, and I also miss you and love you all very much! I’ve gotten to see amazing things I couldn’t dream of, like flying dolphins and night skies filled with an infinite amount of stars! Love you! Also, a very happy birthday to Michaela! Hope you had a wonderful day!

Messages in a bottle:
“Dear Family and Haymar, I saw bioluminescent dolphins last night! Love, Danielle”
“Mom, I’m fine. -Garrett”

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Transatlantic Crossing, • Topics: c260  megafauna  celestial navigation • (0) Comments


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