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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

December 08, 2019

Sea Adventures: Sour Cream or Yogurt?

Rebecca Hueckel, C Watch, Humboldt State University


Friends at the helm.

Ship's Log

Current position
16°28.8’N 062°31.2’W about 20 nm southwest of Montserrat

3.2 knots

Sail plan
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

Souls on board

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!


Yours truly,
Becca Hueckel

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Caribbean Reef Expedition, • Topics: c289  study abroad  life at sea • (6) Comments


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#1. Posted by Tim Hueckel on December 11, 2019

Hi Becca, 
Thanks for this entertaining and informative dispatch.  All the blogs have been fun to read.  Keep up the hard work.  We look forward to hearing all about the trip.

#2. Posted by Angela Hueckel on December 11, 2019

Thanks for the update Becca. Sounds fantastic!

#3. Posted by Korina on December 11, 2019

Hi Becca. I’m now going to be following your Sea at Semester journey. I’m wondering if you will be using a Sextant?

#4. Posted by Kim hueckel on December 12, 2019

Hi Becca.  I loved your blog!!  Your adventure sounds amazing, I can’t wait to hear all about it. Miss and love you!!

#5. Posted by Janine on December 12, 2019

Wow Becca !  What an adventure you are having!!  Will look forward to reading more blogs!  Have a fantastic time exploring and living the world!!

#6. Posted by Dewey on December 13, 2019

Love the picture! That is my niece Caroline with a huge grin:). Oh, wait, all three gals have huge grins!

If you have a minute, share some comments about the effects of climate change that your group has observed in the Caribbean.

Happy Sails!




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