SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
Shipmate support during Junior Watch Officer Phase
At 1300 we are:
Sailing under the 4 lowers, JT, and Fisherman
full and by
025 deg per ship’s compass
E x N force 5
I awoke to the "two, six, heave" of B watch hauling away on sails so I grabbed my video camera and headed on deck. I followed the watch for a couple of hours recording their every movement, even Nicole as she was the junior engineer doing all sorts of mechanical and dirty work with Tanner, the ship's engineer. Just as the Junior Watch Officer (JWO) phase continues, so too does science continue. This morning we deployed the CTD, the phytoplankton net, and the Dip Net in support of SEA's many research collaborations and continuation of baseline oceanographic measurements. In the afternoon Thomas and I were on science watch so we processed the phytoplankton net and sketched several of the critters we collected.
Steering away from what physically happened on the ship, I would like to dedicate some time on what is going on in our minds. At this point we have a week left on the ship. The voyage has pushed many of us to our physical, emotional and mental limits, depending on one another to get tasks done and keeping the ship safe. We are finally understanding how each of us operates, anticipating future issues, doubts, weaknesses and strengths. I have also realized that when students are having any issues, let it be a physical pain, a problem back at home, or a problem on the ship, other students pick up on the vibes, approach him or her and see what is going wrong. I had that happen to me; several students, at this point friends, approached me to wonder what was going wrong, we talked about it and they gave me some good tips.
The JWO phase is a big part of building this kind of relationship. One student is in charge of the whole watch and ship, but she/he still depends on the rest of the watch for advice and help. We are also realizing that in a week, most of us will be on our way, some returning home and others returning to school. I'd like to think that this whole seafaring experience has bonded all of us in ways that we still have to discover. This program is not like any other program out there, and hopefully we will talk about our experience on the Cramer for many years to come.
Cheers, saludos & saluti,