SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
November 30, 2020
Keep Calm and Sail On
24 degrees 41.9’ N 083 degrees 24.7’ W
Around 7 Knots
448.2 Nautical Miles
Rainy with winds from several directions
SW of Dry Tortugas
Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs
10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Farewell to the month of November from the SSV Corwith Cramer! The weather has been a little frightful, but the sailing is quite delightful, so as long as we heave to and fro, let it foam, let it foam, let it foam! Today we finally got some of this weather that everyone's been talking about and we learned about an entirely new side of sailing and running a ship (mostly the high side). We opened up our foulies and braved the storm, learning on the way that a ball cap can be far more useful in the rain than in the sun. The dolphins, however, seemed to enjoy the clouds and hung around outside the boat for several hours while playing in the waves. We had class below deck for the first time and learned about geological oceanography through sediment sampling. Our sample from a few days ago contained calcium carbonate skeletons, shell pieces, and bright red crustose coralline algae. It was a lot like brushing away sand from a museum gift shop archaeology kit, with the surprise inside being real scientific data rather than plastic dinosaurs (although we must say, both are pretty fun). The ship was a rollercoaster for most of the day and even those of us with brand new sea legs decided to retire early with a few saltines and a whole lot of hope that the waves calm down overnight. And, well, if it doesn't - let it foam!
- Kyrie Newby, Colorado College and Lindsay Campbell, Stevens Institute of Technology, Watch B
P.S. Happy Birthday Kailey! Lots of love from the Florida Straits! √Lindsay
P.P.S. Happy Birthday Dad!!!!! Thank you for teaching me to love weather ? Be sure to listen to lots of Christmas songs for me! With frons like these, well who needs anemones? - Kyrie
Editor's Note: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, all SEA Semester students, faculty, and crew aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer boarded the ship after strictly isolating on shore, and after repeated negative tests for COVID-19. To ensure the health and safety of those onboard, the ship will not conduct any port stops and will remain in coastal waters so that any unlikely medical situations may be resolved quickly.