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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
December 08, 2019
Sea Adventures: Sour Cream or Yogurt?
16°28.8’N 062°31.2’W about 20 nm southwest of Montserrat
Starboard tack under stay’sls and single-reefed main
30°C, Cloud Cover: 2/8, Winds: ENE/F3; Sea conditions ExN @ 3ft
Ship’s current heading
Hello outside world!
This morning we were treated to a light drizzle, which was a very welcomed relief from the heat already bearing down on the deck in these early hours. After the rain stopped and immediately evaporated, I fell deep into an amazing star guidebook, which took up most of the rest of my morning. My goal is to have most, if not all, of the major northern navigational constellations memorized by the end of this leg, before Montserrat. Currently, my favorite star is Sirius, which is the dog star that follows Orion’s belt. Also, shout out to my mom: There is a star called Beetlejuice (correctly spelt Betelgeuse) that flickers bright red! Lastly, on this fine morning, a rotten watermelon was dropped over board by Jemma. RIP melon.
Watch began at 1300 and I was assigned to lab, where I worked on processing chlorophyll-A samples (I am now a chlorophyll master!). We also looked over the data from our most recent CTD deployment, which went down to 1200 meters. Yep, 1200 meters, which is about 3960 feet! Interestingly, we noted how the deep ocean was more acidic than the surface waters. Today was also field day, so that took the majority of our watch time. Field day consists of the organized chaos that is all of us cleaning the entire ship. Brett, Kiernan, and I learned how to use the fire hose to swab the deck as our final task. This was definitely my favorite part of cleaning, as we got to be outside in the fresh air and be within the spray of clean water. Post-field day duties included C Watch having an impromptu gathering in the doghouse, where we talked about what we will miss most about being on the ship. We discussed how much we enjoy not having our phones and what a burden it will be when they are returned to us. We also noted our ability to be so attentive and functional, even under a chaotic sleep schedule. There is always something to do, a task or an opportunity, and a friend nearby; that is what I will miss the most.
Last, but certainty not least, there is a heated controversy going on in the galley. Debate had been raging about whether the white, creamy substance being served to us is sour cream or yogurt. The lack of internet amplifies the confusion as we don’t know the difference in ingredients between the two. Even blind taste tests demonstrate no solid results. To add to the ambiguity, the food it has been served with has provided no help or context, as a meal with breakfast burritos and granola could have called for either. As the mystery continues, we will wait and wonder if we will ever learn the truth.
*** Correction to blog post November 29th, 2019***
C Watch was actually the champion of the pin-rail race!