SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
August 01, 2016
A 24 Hour Journey
36 40.8’ N 006 50.5’W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
55 degrees / 5.5 knots
The four lowers plus the Topsail
Blue skies, very light breeze
I would like to take you on a 24 hour journey through the lens of the 3rd Assistant Scientist, and a proud member of A -Watch. We had the evening watch (1900-0100) meaning our August started at midnight. We were sailing 9 knots around Cape Vincent and the stars were amazing. As we sipped our tea and worked our way through a midnight snack of homemade gingersnap cookies, Captain Elliot pointed out Mars in the Claws of Scorpio. Campbell kept smelling beeswax and our Watch leader Sara said It was "land smell," since we were now cruising about 10 miles of the coast of Portugal. The last hour of evening watch is always a mixture of pure sailing joy combined with a longing for the boat to rock you to sleep.
The next morning, I awoke to calm seas and blue skies. We were surrounded by fishing boats and fresh fruit! I headed up to the lab and talked to Ed (1st scientist) and Nick (2nd scientist) about our science wrap up planned as part afternoon class. We printed out graphs and made maps of data we had been collecting since Cork. By late morning, having slept through breakfast, I was ready for lunch and was turning a page in captain courageous when the lunch bell sounded. Lunch included pasta with white sauce and shrimp prepared by the steadfast stewards: Erin and Nina.
Our daily class started with our guest from Lisbon named Frederico Ienna. Frederico is a PhD Student in Oceanography and his research topic involves Meddies. "Meddies" are Mediterranean Oceanic Eddys. Frederico uses satellite maps, along with salinity and temperature of the water column, to find these wandering Meddies. These large masses of warm, salty water make their way out of the Mediterranean and because of their relatively stable density, travel throughout the Atlantic Ocean.
Next, we learned about the battle of Trafalgar from Professor Dan. Dan spoke of the great battle that saw Admiral Nelson take down the French and Spanish fleets in 1805 in the very same water we now were sailing lazily through. After class, A -Watch took command and began getting the ship back on course. We had stopped the boat for class (which included a man over board drill) so the ship had to be double jibed and the topsail needed to be set. With Sarah and Mate trainee of the watch Campbell barking orders, Molly, Frances, Henry, Clint, Kata and myself sprang into action getting her back on course.
Finally as the sun started to sink lower in the sky, A -watch was relieved and enjoyed a dinner of cheeseburgers, baked potatoes and salad. A few minutes ago I, along with Tanner, Kata, Willie and Clint were handed a stunning loss to Owen in Admirals (a board game Clint picked up in Portugal, kinda like risk but at sea). Well it is currently 2200 here on the Cramer. I hope you enjoyed a peek into life here at SEA. Cadiz, here we come!
PS, Sending love to my parents back in Clinton, NY and my brothers Dave and Paul along with all the folks in Headlandia! (Especially Amy) Thanks for getting me here!