SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
June 15, 2014
C253 Web Blog - 15 June 2014
43° 44’ N x 036° 18’ W
13°C, with stratocumulous clouds.
These are the voyages of the science ship Corwith Cramer; her mission: to explore new depths of the North Atlantic, and act as an ambassador on the high seas.
Today was another rousing Field Day aboard the Cramer! Our weather at dawn was a bit dark and damp, but with calming seas and less rain than late, and by afternoon watch and class time at 1600, the cloud layers had lifted into puffy cumulous clouds, the seas calmed to a nice lapping swell, and the sun came out. Ahh the sun! It seems like years since its been here. With its power and motivation, we were extra diligent in our efforts to Defeat the Mung! after so many dark days down below. We scrubbed and rinsed and wiped and wrung till at last, we defeated the Mung!
The sun stayed out for us after Field Day, so A watch took the opportunity to go aloft. C and B watches have already had their training climbs, so now the whole ship is a little less green since we climbed the rig. On duty, C watch and our Engineer took the opportunity to exercise the fire pumps and washed off our beautiful teak deck after our cleaning efforts. Towards the end of watch, our friends the dolphins appeared and played alongside again, leaping and rolling in the clear green water.
As it is now a bit past our halfway points-geographically and temporally- we are all finding new challenges, not the least being getting complacent in our now familiar routine. To help us stay on our toes, we‘ve changed watch officers and scientists, to let us experience different crew members knowledge and styles of action. It has definitely woken us up to the holes in our assumed routines!
The day concludes with A watch on deck for a beautiful sunset, with the fading orange and lemon light of day fading against the evening blue of the clouds and sea. A fiddle plays on deck, as a crewmember takes a last celestial sight of the day. With our trusty shipmates at the helm, well all sleep well-well, well enough until its our turn to roll out of our bunks to greet the night sea. Life aboard rolls on! Carolyn out.