SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
October 22, 2014
35°32.5’N x 009°05.6’W
Gulf of Cadiz
Today we’ve had our best wind yet with a steady northeasterly wind that has carried us almost exactly one hundred nautical miles today according to our taffrail log. This is especially impressive given the fact that we were hove to for more than two hours this morning collecting samples. Our morning science station consisted of the regular deployment of Secchi Disk, carousel, Reeve net, and Neuston tow. Our departure from Cadiz yesterday, sailing into the Atlantic under our four lowers past the morning ferries, marked the beginning of phase two of our leadership and nautical science courses. In this phase, each student takes a turn shadowing the officer on deck to learn the minutiae of directing the ship. The students take an active role in assigning duties, and maintaining the ship’s hour-to-hour routine while the watch officers provide a constant stream of their own observations as to what the ship needs at any given moment. This will lead into the JWO—Junior Watch Officer—phase where each student will assume (nearly) independent responsibility for the ship during his watch.
Since we left Cadiz we’ve had an abundance of shore fauna following our ship including a small flock of finches that we met on their migration toward Africa, and a veritable plague of flies that have been pestering us below decks.
Yesterday was a twenty-six hour day for the crew of Mother Cramer as we set our clocks back twice over the course of the afternoon, and today it showed in many tired faces mustering for class, but our discussion of our delightful and informative port stop in Cadiz brought everyone to life, and the subsequent chocolate pudding gave us all the morale and energy boost we needed. Although today Mary discouraged us from writing so much about our food, I find it difficult to write about a whole day without recognizing what a magnificent job Bex and her minion du jour do every day to keep the crew healthy and happy.