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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

February 21, 2016

Underway to Puerto Rico

Caroline Bowman, Stockton University

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Team sediment posing with the Shipek grab (left to right, Pam, Melissa, Caroline) pre-deployment in Francis Bay, St John.

Ship's Log

18° 9’N x 065° 3’W

Description of Location
Between islands of St. Thomas and St. John off in the distance

340° psc

5.6 knots-engine is motoring helping the sails

Weather / Wind
Beautiful blue skies with a light breeze and calm seas; Force 3

Souls on Board

Dawn watch, 0300-0700, was held by B watch where we encountered some heavy rain. A squall had passed through while we were on mid-watch the night before; I guess the rain loves B watch! We have been sailing between the islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John to avoid a low pressure system and cold front that has moved into the North Atlantic making for rough seas.  But no worries, we have managed to stay busy aboard the Cramer!

Science Lab has deployed almost every piece of equipment we have and collected data for everyone’s projects! Yesterday we had a kick watching Tim dip net for Sargassum, which consists of spearing a small net into the water while the boat is moving.  He was very successful, 3 catches out of 5 tries! The Neuston net, which tows alongside the boat for a half hour collecting everything in its path, has brought in some cool critters. We have collected crabs, Halobates (a marine water strider), shrimp, a flying fish, and lots of Sargassum of course to Jeff’s liking. Sorting Sargassum into different species was part of our lab duties. Yesterday and today we deployed the Secchi Disc, a white plate measuring the depth light passes through the water.  We take bets to see who can guess the depth at which we lose sight of the Secchi disc.  Hailey was our first winner, but since then Craig (maritime studies professor) has won twice in a row! We are looking for someone to break his streak!
Today is our first Field Day which consists of giving some love back to the Cramer by cleaning her top to bottom. We wiped every nook and cranny of the ship for about three hours. Finally, we were rewarded with a swim call! Jumping off the bow sprit into the clear, blue ocean is the most amazing feeling in the world. Fair weather all day allowed B watch to have a beautiful morning and afternoon off before our 1900-2300 watch tonight. Adjusting to the sea life schedule has been a little tough but we are all getting used to the ship being our campus. Exploring what the open ocean has to teach us has been and is continuing to be an amazing semester! Tonight we will be heading off towards Puerto Rico, our third port stop!

To my family; I love and miss you guys already! We saw dolphins the other morning and made me think of you! Katie, we have seen so many turtles and every time one pops its head up or swims by snorkeling I always think of you! Kelsea, I’m sure you will be excited to hear I saw a shark snorkeling off of St. John’s Waterlemon Cay and caught a cool video on the GoPro! See you in Dominican when we leave the ship!

The dinner bell is ringing and the sun is setting so that is all for now!

- Caroline


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 Tish Saburn on February 22, 2016

Wow! Wonderful stories have arrive today! We missed being able to hear of your whereabouts! Enjoy SanJuan!

Tess, can’t wait to hear from you! I hope you have your sea legs and that you are not too terribly sunburned!...I can’t imagine you are! I hope you are seeing lots of sea turtles and collecting lots of data! Miss you, Babe!!

#2. Posted by Elise Hiller on February 22, 2016

Love hearing about the adventures and not at all surprised to hear Elliott is the first one in the water.  If you get a chance, the Restaurant St. Germaine Bistro in Old San Juan is delicious and has something for everyone.  It’s on a little side street, but easy to find.  Enjoy PR.

#3. Posted by Jodie Condon on February 22, 2016

Hello Captain,Scientists & Crew,

Your weekend updates are now available for us ‘land lubbers’. Great reading!

It looks like a lot of learning, both scientific and sailing life,is already underway. Thanks for Keep us informed and espeically entertained!

Enjoy beautiful Puerto Rico and make the most of this exciting opportunity.

PS-Give Kathryn a big hug from us! smile

-The Condon Family


#4. Posted by Collette Rajotte on February 22, 2016

Keep the Blogs coming. Love hearing about your adventures at Sea. 
Hi to Tim. 

#5. Posted by Kathie Joseph on February 22, 2016

We’re enjoying all the posts!  Sounds wonderful so far!  We have snow on the ground in Connecticut so enjoy the warm waters and the sun.
Miss you Michelle!  Love, The Josephs and Cristy (dog)

#6. Posted by Mrs.Keenan on February 22, 2016

Caroline! How awesome to hear from you!! It seems like you are having an incredible experience. We are thinking of you and your shipmates. Thank you for sharing all the details of this wonderful time!

#7. Posted by Captain Bill & Migdalia Pinkney on February 24, 2016

It was a wonderful evening spent with the voyagers of the Cramer here in San Juan.  We look forward the coming aboard each year to share our adventures and information about our island. Godspeed and safe voyage to the D.R.

#8. Posted by Kathleen Taylor on March 05, 2016

Carolina - Your parents told me about the amazing adventure you are having at sea. It sounds like you are having a lot of fun from cleaning the Cramer, fishing and doing experiments, to swimming in the beautiful ocean. I can’t wait to read more about your experiences. Enjoy!

#9. Posted by Kathleen Taylor on March 05, 2016

Caroline—Your parents shared with me your awesome adventure at sea. I see from your blog that you are having incredible experiences from taking care of the Cramer, fishing and conducting experiments, to swimming in the beautiful ocean.  Looking forward to reading more about your journey.  Enjoy!



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