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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 30, 2017

The Great Blue Yonder

Tiffany Wu , B Watch, Cornell University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

En route to Tobago Cays Marine Park!

Ship's Log

Noon Position
12° 25’ N x 61° 07’ W

Ship Heading

Ship Speed
3 knots

243.4 nm

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Light breeze coming from ENE, some clouds present

Souls on Board

Less than a week has gone by since we first set foot on the ship, but as we glide (and roll and tumble) through the Caribbean, it sometimes already feels like multiple lifetimes. Time works differently at sea, especially when you're on the Cramer, where our days are divided into 6-hour watch intervals as we assist with tasks like sail handling and steering or processing oceanographic data in our small but highly functional lab.

As a member of B Watch, I've already done a number of interesting things, such as being lookout during dawn watch (0100 to 0700) in the midst of a squall and doing a hundred-count of zooplankton that we collected with our Neuston net, which is towed alongside the ship twice a day to collect samples of objects floating just beneath the surface. During our five days aboard, we've also been fortunate to witness some intriguing things, such as a pod of dolphins playing beneath the bowspirit and specks of bioluminescence surrounding the prow at night.

Because we're doing the Caribbean Reef Expedition, my shipmates and I get the privilege of snorkeling and doing coral surveys as part of our coursework. Last week in Grenada we did preliminary transects off Grand Anse Beach and Moliniere, and we are about to arrive in the picturesque Tobago Cays, where we'll be staying for a few days to do some more research. Many of us are doing independent projects involving reef health or fish populations, so a lot of the information we've been collecting will wind up in our final presentations, which is pretty cool. I'm excited to get out there and see everything we've been learning so much about back in Woods Hole up close.

Having grown up by the ocean, I've always wanted to go to sea, and being on the water means getting to experience it from a different perspective. Doing so from a 134-foot brigantine is still something else entirely. It's certainly no leisure cruise, and I usually climb into my bunk sweaty and exhausted, but there's something innately authentic about this way of life, the way we're attuned to the needs of the ship and of each other.

Looking forward to what the rest of the voyage has in store.

See you later,

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Caribbean Reef Expedition, • Topics: c276  life at sea  study abroad  research • (0) Comments
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