SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
January 01, 2018
18° 13.0’N x 065° 09.5’W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
180°, 4.6 knots
Light, cool breeze, slight clouds, and a big, bright super moon!
It was a bright and beautiful day in paradise today! Off in the distance, the island of Culebra was appearing in the distance through fog. If the plan works accordingly, Culebra is our snorkeling stop for a bit of fun exploring in the Caribbean waters…fingers crossed!
As we sat on the quarterdeck and listened as Captain Rick lectured, the sun was shining hot while the ocean’s spray cooled us down. A perfect classroom setting to learn about earth’s weather systems of heating and cooling! By the end of class, we knew how to calculate our position on earth using Local Apparent Noon Time; when the sun is at its highest point in the sky relative to wherever one is. The captain opened a black chest and pulled out a device that was resting on the chest’s red velvet interior. The device was called a sextant. It is used to help navigate at sea by measuring the angles of celestial bodies like the sun, the moon, and planets like Jupiter. Isn’t it amazing how sailors once relied on such things to navigate the open ocean?
As the day progressed, jibs were struck and unstruck, nets were cast, zooplankton were counted, and sediments were abundantly collected. The banana bread break was the perfect snack for such a busy afternoon. Towards the end of the afternoon watch, smells of an Italian supper were wafting up from the galley, only one more hour until we could rest! As we waited on standby, the captain noticed my hand on the ship’s rail to support my still developing sea legs as we rolled up and down. He pointed to my hand and challenged me to a sea leg standoff, to see who could last the longest without holding reaching out for support. I figured of course he would win, having hundreds of hours of maritime experience as Captain. So minutes passed until a certain wave tossed the ship particularly hard and the captain grabbed the rail! What a fun way to end the first day of the new year.