SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
October 28, 2019
Banana Bread and Knots
026° 56.8’ N x 057° 02.3’ W
Ship’s Heading, Speed and sail plan
190°T, 2.4 kts, Mainstays’l, Course, Raffee
Beaufort force 4, winds out of NE x N, fair winds blue skies
Day 18: Another beautiful day here aboard the Cramer in the sub-tropical convergence zone of the Atlantic Ocean. Today, students spent time learning the ropes of whipping, seizing and eye splicing for our Nautical Science class this afternoon. This morning in lab, members of A Watch spent time assisting in lab with the first hydrocast deployment of our voyage. The hydrocast is a large cylindrical instrument that measures different levels of chlorophyll-a, pH and phosphate at varying pressures and depths in the ocean. The instrument today sent out 1000 meters worth of wire down below and recorded 12 different samples of the three main nutrients in the water column. Another glimpse into our awesome Monday came from the two goddesses in the galley alongside their trusted sidekick Fred who served today as assistant steward. Their banana bread this morning was simply scrumptious. As Halloween approaches who knows what might happen with those pumpkins on the foredeck.
Apart from today’s fun, it has felt like just yesterday since the nine of us found ourselves on Dyers Dock in Woods Hole, MA ready to embark on a journey we will surely remember for the rest of our lives. I can remember that first night, trying to wrap my head around the 8 foot by 4 foot cubicle that I know refer to as my bedroom. The first few days were tough, unsure of what was to come out in the open ocean. Yet, as we departed the Sakonnet River on the 16th, it became apparent that we were all filled with the same excitement and curiosity as to what was to come. Now, as we embrace those feelings of excitement and curiosity in the middle of the open ocean surrounded by teachers and friends who value those same emotions, it truly inspires everyone on board to pitch in and do their part.
In conclusion, it has been an incredible experience living on board the SSV Corwith Cramer these past few weeks with 30 other shipmates who each bring their own smile, knowledge and curiosity to the quarterdeck. As we now continue south towards Dominica, I hope for us all to continue to keep learning from each other. We are roughly 723 nautical miles from Dominica bearing 199°T. Hopefully at 100 miles per day, this will land us in the Caribbean next Tuesday. Thank you all for taking the time to read and hopefully next blog I will have updates as to how our non-instrument run south went. This portion of the cruise track requires us students and crew to use celestial and Polynesian navigation to find our bearings without the use of our compass and RADAR systems. Thanks again for the read and hope all is well back home.
All my best,
Thanks to Mom, Dad, D and Ellie for all that you do and your support. Miss you all and love you guys. Shout out to Mr. Urmston back in the maker space and the observatory, hope all is well under the mountain up north.