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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer

December 01, 2015

A Self-Reflection on Routine

Jeffrey Morgan, Boston University

Oceans & Climate

Would you look at all that Sargassum! (Photo Credit: Emma W.)

14° 4409’ N x 042° 48.3’ W

Description of location
Heading for the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; Somewhere in the Eastern Tropical North Atlantic.

6.3 knots (over ground)

Sunny with bright blue skies and some low forming cumulus clouds. Winds F5 ExN (~079°T)


Souls on Board

With each ocean swell I have lost touch with what a land routine is. We are currently in what you could call the middle of the ocean and I, and I am sure many of my shipmates, feel that ocean routine has taken over. When on shore, schedules are made and often changed, meals can be flexible, and plans are fairly easy to alter. However, aboard the Corwith Cramer, schedules need to be followed, meal time is always concrete, and plans need to hover around schedule because we do not travel far enough for them to stray. On the surface, ocean routine sounds predictable, yet is so far from that. We may eat at the same time and deploy science gear at the same time, but everything in between can change at a moment’s notice. The wind can shift, the waves can knock us down, and the clouds can block the sun and ruin our ability to take a noon sight. Ship life is the most organized chaos there is. I do not envy the people that had to start this whole debacle and figure out how to make things run in the smoothest way possible.

This trip is my second transatlantic voyage on Mama Cramer and it truly feels as different as the cruise tracks were, but oddly similar. Last time I sailed in the westerlies, and this time we are cruising through the trade winds. I believe the routine is what has kept things feeling the same and that the new faces have reminded me that I am in a new region of the world studying new and exciting things (like Sargassum! So, so much Sargassum). This trip has taught me a lot about how much one can learn at sea, even when you think you know so much. Each leader has a style and watching each of these evolve is an interesting phenomenon. It makes me question my own style and see what certain people respond to. Cramer has a funny way of making me think about larger, worldly ideas and my views toward them. I find myself spending the majority of my free time picturing how humans fit into a global ecosystem and what we can do to protect its future.

My second round at SEA has certainly shown me that routines can get in the way of these thoughts and maybe if we can change societal routine, we can save the waters that Mama Cramer loves to sail.

Brooke, hope your semester is going well! C-253, I miss you all! Nicole, Kakas, and Sumiah, miss you all like crazy. Kelly’s Staff and Friends, I will see you soon, have some fried pickles for me!

- Jeffrey

Shout outs:

Kennedy: Brandon, see you in 59 days. Missing you everyday!

Kate Enright-: Hi family! Hi homies! I miss and love you all so much, I wrote you postcards today that you will not receive for many weeks. I’m thinking of you all the time though, Happy December!

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c263  sargassum  life at sea • (1) Comments


#1. Posted by Jennifer Kenyon on December 03, 2015

12/3.  Reading the blogs provides some sense of your daily sea routine but suspect you will be glad to be on dry land soon, even if only for a short stay.

Mom and I leave today for Lexington for Erika’s wedding.  We’ll send your love and be off the net until 8 Dec.

Love Mom and Dad



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