Ready for an adventure with a purpose? Request info »
  • Search SEA Semester, Summer and High School Programs

Current position of the SSV Corwith Cramer. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the layer tools, top right, to change the map style or to view data layers. Dates and times use GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 29, 2016

TGIF, Safety Drills and Apple Pie!

Katelyn Barhite, B Watch, SUNY-ESF

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

The perks of night watch!

Ship's Log

30° 25.2’ N x 065° 11.5’ W

Description of location
North Sargasso Sea, very close to Bermuda!


warm and calm

Souls on Board

Greetings from the Cramer!
Is it Friday already? It seems like just yesterday we were leaving Puerto Rico. Time is flying by! Today my watch stood morning watch, bright and early at 0700. Marina and I started extracting eel larvae DNA at the start of watch this morning. I don’t think I can say that I have ever done science as early as that! But the routine of watch rotation seems to have become very natural and I almost don’t even notice when I am still up at 0300 for dawn watch.

We are very close to the Bermuda high and have been lacking winds for sailing lately, but I am not complaining about the calm movement of the ship! After the lab this morning, my watch and I had class with Robbie. We learned about all the amazing corals and fish that we will be seeing in a few days while we snorkel in Bermuda. I am super excited!! Around 1200 we got sextants out to take sun lines and local apparent noon. Our science watch informed us that they collected the largest amount of plastic yet, and we noticed much more in the water surrounding us. It is pretty sad to think about plastic in the oceans, but witnessing it gives you a whole different perspective.

Later on after watch we had class. Today was an engineering lesson with Nate explaining how the engines on the boat work, he even had a cool mock engine made out of buckets and scrub brush handles to demonstrate how they work! After class we did our weekly safety drills including fire emergency and abandon ship. It is very good practice knowing what each watch is responsible for and key things to gather in case of an emergency. My watch is responsible for any sail handling that may need to be done in the time of an emergency, so it is important that we muster quickly and handle lines to change sails.

Today we got to practice striking the course during the drill and then reviewed how to deploy the lifeboats and flares. I think it went very well and we can all feel safe after drills. After safety drills our amazing steward, Becks, prepared us apple pie! It was a great snack on this busy Friday. Tonight many off watch students worked away at celestial navigation homework and other research work. My watch stands dawn watch tonight and I am very excited to be in the lab to process the midnight tow for the first time.

I just want to let everyone back home know that I am having an amazing time out here! I miss you all and can’t wait to return back home to tell you all the stories. We will be arriving in Bermuda on Sunday and I expect to get in touch sometime next week!

Extra love to all my family, grandparents, Peter and Hannah! I hope you all are doing well!

And a big Happy birthday to my Dad! Thanks for all you do, supporting my hopes and dreams, and introducing me to my passion of the outdoors long ago!

- Katelyn

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: research  life at sea  c266 • (1) Comments
Previous entry: Big Science Push!!!!!!!    Next entry: Welcome to Bermuda!


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 Anne Hein on May 02, 2016

Really neat picture! Enjoyed reading your update, very informative. Hello to ALL especially to my Marina!



Add a comment:

Notify me of follow-­up comments?

I would like SEA to keep me informed about news and opportunities.