SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
December 31, 2017
The Final Miles of 2017
18° 34.428’ N x 65° 43.044’ W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
35° NE, 5.2 knots
Light clouds with a strong breeze
After a long night of watch with varying weathers, people woke up to the sound of the infamous triangle that Grady plays to mark that breakfast is served. Some managed to wake up for pancakes and sausages while others had dreams that can only occur when on the high seas. Once people finished eating and managed to wake up, they went topside to a chill breeze that made it pleasant to stay on deck. Some people focused on work, others worked on their journals, and some caught a glimpse of flying fish alongside the ship’s hull.
As the morning progressed, the crew changed the ship’s course to head back south towards Puerto Rico, which meant we left the Puerto Rico Trench. The depth of the bottom of the sea shallowed dramatically, which was prevalent mainly to the scientists in the lab. The sails were kept raised all day despite dramatic changes in the wind. At 1400, all gathered on deck to learn about DVM (Diel Vertical Migration) by Alluring A Watch and the wonderful world of winds by Captain Rick himself. We learned about how the sun is the father to all winds and all of the different terms that came along with it. After the insightful lesson along with a really long pun, people continued their seawatch and even saw a water spout! In lab, a lot of data was collected and processed, allowing us to conclude that the current water we are in is relatively healthy due to the high concentration of diatoms. After all the work, people came down to Grady’s (and Jared’s, never forget Jared) delicious cooking of apple crisps and salmon.
As the day drew to an end, people began to realize that this was the final day of 2017. People began talking about resolutions, one popular resolution was to be like our very own Captain Rick, who maintains a healthy workout regiment on the sea along with all of his work (which is a lot). During these talks, people began to notice something beautiful in the sky. It was enraptured with hues of pink and orange while having both the moon and the sun in the sky. It was the beginning of the day and the end of the day at the same time, similar to this time of year. While this may be the last day of sailing in 2017, there is still plenty of sailing to do in 2018. To another great day of sailing, Hugs Boat and Wake Road signing off until next year!
- Carlos and Sean
Penn State Students, Watch Group C