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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

February 18, 2019

Science never stops!

Courcelle Stark, 3rd scientist


Above: Two isopods from this morning’s 100-count. Friendships are clearly blossoming aboard the boat! Below: Helen (1st Scientist) describing the proper way to deploy the neuston net during class.

Ship's Log

Current Location
018° 47.9’ N x 066° 04.97’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Hove to (stopped) for science!

Winds ESE, blowing about force 4

Souls on board

It’s hard to believe that we set sail just yesterday from our anchorage at Francis Bay, St. John. So much science has happened since! When we were leaving St. John, we took three surface samples to get an idea of how nutrients and chlorophyll change from inshore to offshore, stay tuned for those exciting discoveries. B-watch completed a neuston tow last night where they caught lots of zooplankton and Sargassum. Very early this morning, A-watch completed a 100-count of the zooplankton where we found tons of amphipods and isopods (see image). We also identified three different types of Sargassum. I have yet to try the famed Sargassum tea, but I have high hopes. 

C-watch is currently working on their first science superstation. We have our stays’ls aback, and we are trying to move as little as possible because there will be sampling gear in the water. C-watch will listen and record the underwater seascape sounds using a hydrophone with Sarah Weiss, a wonderful whale specialist joining us from NOAA. They will also use the hydrowire to deploy some exciting equipment, including a secchi disk, which is a white plastic disk that we use to determine how far light penetrates through the ocean. Next they will deploy the carousel to see how different oceanographic parameters change with depth. And lastly, they will complete another neuston tow, which means more 100-count fun!

We had our first taste of downwind sailing yesterday and that in conjunction with mild winds has kept everyone feeling good. Here’s to more of that! Shout out to the galley for making some incredible cinnamon rolls for breakfast <3

- Courcelle

P.S. Happy birthday dad!! Sending all my love from the high seas. xo


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 Tilda Brown Swanson on February 19, 2019

Hi gang, I am Alle Brown-Law’s Mum. Awesome ship’s log entries. I am so enjoying reading them each day. What exciting days you have had so far. Fantastic. I love each individual perspective such the music student versus science writing so far. Thank you. I’d love to know who is in the A, B and C Watch teams. It would be great to get a sense for who is going what when, when you write about each group. Thanks and Hi Alle! Tilda (Brown Swanson)

#2. Posted by David Reis on February 19, 2019

Skylah proud of you and hope you are enjoying the adventure, education and views of the earth many will never see.  Good luck to all you!!

#3. Posted by Ali Sheehan Mignone on February 20, 2019

Hi Mark! Love reading about your at-sea adventures from the Colorado mountains where the snow is gorgeous but we’re missing the sea. Bon voyage to you and your entire crew from your Steamboat Springs cousins! ~Ali and Mike

#4. Posted by Julie Hastings on February 21, 2019

Greetings from Marrakesh! We (Mica’s family) will be right across the ocean from you this weekend when we travel to Essaouira. It’s been great reading about your nautical and terrestrial experiences!  It looks like you are getting close to the DR. We’re looking forward to your next post and hoping to get a glimpse of Mica’s face.
Your transatlantic fans,
Julie, Oren and Tali

#5. Posted by Pam Stark on February 21, 2019

Courcelle, great science post and Wallace loved the bday shout out! We miss you, x0 Mom

#6. Posted by Anne-Lise Eikeland on February 22, 2019

Hei.Forstår dere opplever veldig mye spennende,Gleder meg på hele båtens gjeng.Tenker hver dag på deg June.God seilas vidre Klem til farmors June Eikeland Hilsen fra Norway.



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