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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 27, 2018

Working up an appetite

Kris Paulson, C-Watch, University of Michigan-Flint

Above: A Watch (Kaleigh, Cassie, Ziyad and Shou) working up an appetite, sweating the Tops'l sheet in preparation for a neuston tow. Below: Sabrina the Head Steward of the Robert C. Seamans (R.C.S.) and me holding a fresh snicker doodle and oatmeal raisin cookie in the salon (sining room) before dinner.

Ship's Log

Current Position
16°05.3’ S, 148°20.2’ W (about 14 nm south of Makatoa & about 80 nm SW of Rangiroa)

Ship’s Heading & Speed
035° PSC (Per Ship’s Compass) @ 6 kts (almost 7 mph)  Continue on course 035° PSC for about 50 nm then turn to port (left) to 325° PSC for about 30 nm where we will pass between Tikehau and Rangiroa. We will skirt the shoreline at 3 nm, keeping Rangiroa on our starboard (right) side, until we begin our approach into the channel no later than 1411 hrs. The channel is 1 nm wide and has 8 kt current. We will have to enter the channel within ± 5 minutes to avoid being spun into a shoal. I have full confidence in the Captain and our crew.

Scattered Cumulonimbus Clouds @ 500 ft AGL (Above Ground Level); Winds are about 7 kts out of the NE; Seas are ExN @ 2-4 ft; 84° & Sunshine

Souls on board

Today I was assistant steward (chef's assistant). I say chef and not cook, because every meal is better than excellent. We eat 3 full meals that always include fresh greens & vegetables, and fruits. In addition to those meals, we have 3 snacks. The snacks are everything from fresh watermelon & pamplemousse (imagine sweet grapefruit), to fresh carrots, celery, and hummus to freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies & snicker doodles (as shown in the picture). We certainly are not going hungry on this voyage. The steward even takes requests and improved on one of my mother's recipes.

The R.C.S. is a fine ship and her Capt. and lead scientist are exceptional! The professional crews are all extremely knowledgeable and capable. They all work seamlessly together and do not miss even the smallest detail. All of the professional crew is perfectly tempered for teaching during high stress situations. They are all patient, friendly and make us feel like family.

We are learning as fast as possible and will soon be sailing without training wheels. The scientists continue to teach everyone more methods for collecting data. We are all eager to maintain SEA Semester's reputation of research excellence.  I have been all over the world for various reasons. What I have seen in the first 5 days of this voyage has already surpassed a lifetime of adventure. I am honored to be a member of this crew and will remember this voyage forever.


Kris Paulson, C Watch crew member, University of Michigan-Flint

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Pacific Reef Expedition, • Topics: s280  polynesia.  study abroad • (4) Comments


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#1. Posted by Kris Paulson on May 31, 2018

Hi Son!
It was great seeing your smiling face grin  Glad you found your way to the kitchen, you’ll have to share your new recipe with us!  It looks like you’re having a blast, so glad you’re adding this chapter to your story.  We’ve enjoyed watching your course, reading the feedback from students and watching the weather.  Looks like you have beautiful sunny days ahead….have FUN!!  Looking forward to seeing pics and hearing all about this trip!
We’re proud of you Son, thinking of you daily and missing you.  Love you much!! Dad and Mom

#2. Posted by Kim Spalla on June 04, 2018

Hi Son
Hope you’re doing well.  I’ve been following the RCS and all the posts from the students.  What a great experience for you all!  Just wanted you to know we’re thinking of You!  Love and miss You!

#3. Posted by Kim Spalla on June 13, 2018

Hi Son
We’ve been following you across the Pacific, how awesome!
The pics are beautiful and we’re enjoying the posts.  Did you shave your head?  We keep looking for you in the pics, hoping to see your smiling face! 
Can’t wait to hear about the trip, especially the night skies!  Sure hope your camera works on land as well as sea.
Everyone asks about you, hopes you’re doing well and praying for you.  You may need to visit the prayer group to share the trip, they are great fans:-)
Love and miss you, thinking of you…

#4. Posted by Kim Spalla on June 20, 2018

Hi there, I’ve been watching your progress and can’t believe you’re on the end of this journey. It looks like you’re tacking back and forth, winds must be changing direction, The red arrow changes from one side to the other.
What awesome things you’ve done,I can’t wait to hear all about it!  You’ll have to tell me all about Neptune:-)  Did you get to see the octopus? I look forward to talking to you, I’ve missed you and our visits. Enjoy the rest of your trip, love you! Mom



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