SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
December 29, 2017
18° 27.2’N x 066°06.4’W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
Anchored in San Juan Harbor
Cloudy and warm
Welcome to the SEA Penn State program blog! I am happy to report that all 24 Penn State participants (22 students, their professor Monica Medina, and TA Aki Ohdera) safely arrived in San Juan and boarded the Corwith Cramer at 1100 this morning. After a quick muster on the quarterdeck for introductions, we transited the ship to a nearby anchorage in San Juan Harbor, blissfully leaving the noisy harbor behind. Orientation to the ship began almost immediately after anchoring and an All-Hands lunch. The participants held initial meetings with their watch groups and then completed 40-minute watch rotations to learn about line handling, hydrowinch operations, and how to do a boat check. The afternoon continued with a tasty yogurt and granola snack, galley orientation, and station bill review in watches followed by drill walk-throughs.
I can now smell a delicious curry dinner being prepared in the galley. As the students are already discovering, thanks to tireless efforts of Grady Smith (Steward) and Jared Moeriaart (Assistant Steward), we eat very well here on the Cramer. More orientation will continue after dinner, with rotations by watch in the lab, engine room, and doghouse. During the lab rotation, each watch will talk briefly about the subset of the data we will
collect during our 7 days at sea which they will analyze and interpret. Students will work collaboratively, in pairs within a watch and as an entire watch, to prepare a written research paper and poster presentations summarizing their research findings and conclusions. Drafts of these reports will be completed at sea, and then subsequently revised and finalized upon the students’ return to Penn State. Final research posters will be presented by each pair of students at the Undergraduate Exhibition on the Penn State campus in April.
Both student and professional crew will stand anchor watch tonight, before we get underway tomorrow morning. It will have been a long day, but a good one. Speaking on behalf of the entire professional crew, we look forward to sailing with this energetic and enthusiastic group, and seeing how their science research work unfolds!