SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
February 22, 2014
C251 Web Blog - 22 February 2014
18° 22.3‘N x 63°32.3’W
Course Ordered and Steered
Full and By, 025PSC
Distance Traveled Thus Far
ExS winds of beauford force 5, ExNE seas of 5ft, 2/8 Cloud Coverage, Temperature of 25.1°C
I cannot believe only a week has passed since I hopped aboard one of the largest sensory overloads in which I could ever conceive of, a new world of teak, lines, sails, and science, most of which was Greek to me prior to the commencement of this voyage aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. Wake up calls pierced through odd hours of day and night, commands were given in a language that I could not yet comprehend, and many new faces revealed themselves upon arrival, extending two helping hands while seeking in return both our unwavering friendship and cooperation. With all that being said I can proudly say that in only a weeks time I have gained a substantial amount of knowledge, confidence, and responsibility while aboard the vessel, and I can say the same for every student on board as well. Together we have built a stable, interdependent system that will undoubtedly succeed in delivering us to both our scientific goals and sailing destinations throughout the Lesser Antilles region.
Today marks the beginning of our second weekend aboard the Corwith Cramer vessel, meaning no class for two days! However, this cheer seems to mean far less now that we have left the blizzards of Woods Hole and embarked on our journey through the Caribbean. Classes on board have consisted of interactive ship drills, line races (see Matts blog from yesterday), and discussions regarding the history and current status of the Caribbean Islands that we commonly see both near and far in the distance as we sail.
All of which I can say have attracted my deepest comprehensive attention. I guess being a part of this surreal experience has allowed all of us to truly take in as much as we can before we are back home with only our newfound knowledge, proficiencies, and memories that we will all hopefully keep forever.
The day started relatively early for me (and even earlier for the dawn watch) at 0700, when the rest of C-watch and I took to the ships many obligations. Anne and I reported to the lab to prepare for a morning full of scientific fun. With the help of scientists Chuck Lea and Maia Theophanis, we successfully conducted a Secchi Disk deployment, which gave us our surface visibility depth. Following the Secchi, we rolled into our meter net deployment to 50 meters and subsequently the lowering of the carousel CTD to 1000 meters. The nets responsibility is to bring back small microorganisms for individual students research projects, which the carousels purpose is to collect water samples from varied depths between 100-1000 meters below the surface along with O2, temperature, and local salinity values as the device lowers and ascends back up to the vessel to be recovered by the science team.
As our watch ended, our departure from ships deck was not only replaced by A-watch, but also several squalls. For the next six hours A-watch fought valiantly against several squall cells by executing several sail movements and minor course changes with great fluidity and confidence, keeping us all safe and on the right course to our first destination of Antigua. As you can see, although Saturdays aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer lack our normal class period, there is surely no shortage of tasks or overall sense of urgency among anyone on board, yet there have been no complaints towards the fact, and thus our journey continues. Thanks for the read, and stay tuned to watch our adventure continue to unfold.