SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
December 11, 2016
So Close We Can Smell It!
15° 17.400’ N x 61° 28.875’ W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
2 knots for a Neuston tow
Mains’l, mainstays’l, backed forestays’l
Light wind, small seas, some cumulus clouds
Hi everybody! Today was an especially big day on the Cramer, with an added source of excitement/stress for all of us students. That’s right, today was the day our final research manuscripts were due. I woke up before six because it was too hot to sleep, waited for my seating of breakfast, then sat down at a laptop to continue working on my project. That’s how I spent the morning, at least until it was time for A Watch’s meeting right before lunch. We played “What If?” “Then…”, a game where everyone writes down a “What If?” and a “Then” to go with it, the zanier the better, and then they get read out of order and become even more entertaining. One highlight from our game: "What if dolphins could fly? Then it would be a bad day to be a copepod." Apparently the dolphins heard us talking about them, because as we were headed down to lunch some dolphins showed up alongside us and played around in our bow wave! We were a little late to lunch, totally worth it.
Afternoon Watch on deck for me, set the double-reefed mains’l first thing with the off-going watch. As part of the JWO/JLO phase, our watch ran the ship for an hour during the staff meeting. Kelsee was JWO, and she did great. After the staff meeting, there was an all hands muster on the quarterdeck to talk about the upcoming port stop in Dominica, and right after the muster James sighted Martinique! Land, for the first time since the Canaries almost four weeks ago. It was exhilarating to hear someone shout “Land ho!” after so much time in the open ocean. Lots of sail handling popped up in the later part of our watch, and at one point a long-finned pilot whale made an appearance, too. As darkness fell, we could see land lights from Martinique at first and then Dominica when the clouds lifted a little. Dinner after watch was excellent, BBQ chicken with potato wedges and peas. Last-chance work session on manuscripts after dinner, and now I’m writing this. I’m going to stop writing this now so I can go to bed, I’m on Morning Watch tomorrow.