SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
June 26, 2014
C253 Web Blog - 26 June 2014
51°37.0 N x 008° 32.2 W
Its nice out and land breezes are fantastic.
Hello! Were comfortably at anchor off of the coast of Ireland next to a big cliff. There are small coves in the rocks where hundreds of birds were roosting earlier today. All day I‘ve been getting used to seeing land on the horizon. Its so strange to see land after so long. When we were further away, it was easy to mistake it as a very odd cloud. Its very exciting to see so much green.
After Mearas post, I‘m sure you are wondering about our mission from DFAT. Each watch was assigned a task to complete during their watch. We had to complete our tasks without help from the mates or assistant scientists, and each watch pretty much had control of the deck and lab. (Of course the mates and assistant scientists were always there to step in if anyone was about to do something that might cause a dangerous situation.) Each watch had a scientific task to complete at a certain latitude and longitude. My watch had the task of figuring out how deep white and different colors of light penetrate the ocean. We’ve never done that before, so we were faced with coming up with an experiment to test it. In addition, we were responsible for navigating the ship from our scientific site to our final anchoring destination. Instead of using the watch builder, which is a chart that tells us whether we are on deck, in the lab, in the engine room, at dishes, or in the galley, we decided to put people where they are strongest.
I ended up spending most of my time in watch in the doghouse plotting hourly radar fixes of our position and tracking nearby boats and on deck hauling on lines. Today we had a great sailing breeze and finally got to sail with the main engine off. We set the stack, which is the two square sails, the course and topsail, and a triangular sail called the raffee at the top. Overall our watch went really well considering the challenges of coastal navigation, which we haven’t done since we were back on shore, lots of traffic, and accomplishing a scientific task wed never done before.
See you all soon,