SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
October 14, 2014
All in a day’s work
35°59.0 N x 04°20.4W
After a clear cool night watch from 1900-2300, during which we enjoyed calm waters and intermittently clear skies (perfect for learning new stars and constellations taught by our watch officer, Scott), we were awakened at 0600 by B watch for breakfast and our next watch that began at 0700. We were given the word that our foul weather gear would be needed. It is this quick and ever changing weather that we here on the Cramer are beginning to become accustomed to. After a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs and pita bread, C-watch took the deck.
I was assigned to lab duties along with Ali and Maggie. Usually during morning watch, 0700-1300, the science crew gets to do a number of deployments including the Secchi Disk, CTD carousel, Reeve Net, a Neuston Tow, and surface stations. Unfortunately, as seems to be my luck these days, the weather did not allow for any of these deployments to take place. The winds were high and we were fighting a 2 knot current working against us. Instead we made the best of our watch time learning as much as we could.
First, due to the wind we had to strike the forestays‘l, and I was given the responsibility of calling out the orders for the first time. Once the sail was down we furled it quickly, although not quick enough as we were soon all rather wet from the water crashing over the side of the bow. Soon after, Sophia spotted a pod of dolphins off our bow, Maggie and I joined her to watch as the pod, including a baby, jumped and played in the waves. The bad weather continued through most of our watch but cleared up a bit and the sun finally shone through towards the end of our watch. Although we were unable to handle many sails we used our time to learn about the different types of clouds, and how to identify them using Scotts nifty cloud book. This was soon followed by an ice cream wager between Maggie and Scott on the true meaning of corpuscular, which Maggie lost.
After a much anticipated lunch of DIY baked potatoes it was time for class. At 1430 it was all hands to the quarter deck where we were given a few general announcements followed by a lecture from our very own Chuck Lea. Todays lecture was on Blue Fin Tuna, which Chuck calls athletes in a can. We learned about their incredible swimming abilities, migration patterns, the great distances they swim, as well as their unique type of respiration. After class we all were very excited to enjoy our afternoon snack of homemade apple pie. Props to assistant steward Jennifer Seely, for helping in the galley today by making the apple pie and assisting with all of our meals. Also to Becks, who has been keeping us very well feed and happy.
Final Sidenote: I want to give a shout out to my Mom and sister, been thinking about you both and sending lots of love your way especially these next few days! Love you guys!!