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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

May 10, 2015

Underway! (once again)

Fredrik Eriksson, B-watch, Dartmouth College

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Hannah on the course yard, off the foremast.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
32° 22.7’ N x 64° 40.9’

Description of location
16.5 nm NNE of Bermuda

Ship Heading
310 degrees per steering compass

Ship Speed
3.1 kts

Taffrail Log
832.7 nm travelled

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Overcast; SxW wind, force 3; sailing under the four lowers with reefed mains’l.

Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs
7 dolphins swimming just ahead of our bow at 5pm!

Sargassum Observed last 24hrs
small fragments; becoming more frequent

Souls on Board

Hello friends,

As tropical storm Ana gets demoted to “tropical depression” Ana, we set sail from Bermuda and head North (after navigating through safe channels to avoid the reefs – in four centuries, Bermuda has accumulated over 300 shipwrecks!). The extra day at port in Bermuda allowed all groups to get through lab work, which puts us in a much better spot for the second leg of the trip! Although I am looking forward to a long journey, 11 days is not much time to collect, process, and analyze the new data, so we are eager to get through our work.

Just before we left Bermuda, all watches took a break from work to climb up in the rigging or “go aloft.” Climbing up was thrilling and I’m looking forward to going up again once we are underway. First I will have to regain my sea legs; although the seas are calm today, a week in Bermuda has made us soft, and the 2 foot swells rocking the ship feels like a minor storm to those of us who had just re-adapted to life on land. After a few hours underway, however, it seems that most of us have regained our voracious appetites for steward Lauren’s delicious food.

Before we arrive in NYC on May 20, we have many more science deployments, many more watches, many more music sessions, and many more delicious meals to look forward to. The journey has just begun.

And finally: Happy Mother’s Day from C-259 to all of the mothers reading our blog. (I would venture to guess there are quite a few!)

Yours in seafaring,

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c259 • (2) Comments
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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 Patsy Ward on May 11, 2015

Thanks for the update!  You may not read this until you reach NYC, but many people are following along and praying for safety.

#2. Posted by Wendell on May 15, 2015

Hannah B…........

Even without my glasses, I knew that was you up on the mast.  Can’t wait to see you in Woods Hole!




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