SEA Currents: c252
May 06, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 06 May 2014
Well here we are, two stewards and 34 souls to feed. They let us out of the galley just long enough to write this blog. Every day starts with a meal plan, planned the night before during a very austere galley meeting, commencing with the clink of tea mugs. We divide and conquer three meals and three snacks a day, hitting all of the ball park favorites like mac and cheese and sloppy joes, and throwin’ them some curve balls like horseradish and honey hors d’oeuvres.
May 05, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 05 May 2014
As we slowly increase the distance between our vessel and the equator, the weather has taken a turn for the colder. Even in Bermuda, jackets were frequently worn. As I saw it, breaking out my cold weather gear in such a tropical paradise as Bermuda would be a downright sin. Carefully stowed away in the depths of my bunk under the swim shorts and t-shirts are my synthetic down pants and jacket (together creating a walking sleeping bag), fleece unisuit, and my highly coveted drysuit. However, timing is everything. Switching over from hot gear to cold gear too early, and I‘ll be awash with my own perspiration.
May 04, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 04 May 2014
This is familiar. I‘ve been here, done this before. But setting sail in St. Georges Harbor and steering through the narrow cut still thrills. The Sargasso Sea greets us with slapping head-seas, waves nearly on our bow, and the boats pitching shakes all of the land habits (and food) out of our systems. I only arrived on Friday and have just recently met a lot of the students, but their excitement and anxiety shows. Theres a lot of work and a shrinking time window in which to do it. Nows the time when we start applying pressure to the students to take on stronger leadership roles throughout both the navigation and science operations of the ship.
May 03, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 03 May 2014
Although we had plans of going to a beach on the south side of Bermuda, we had no particular beach in mind. This led to an educated guess as to where our first stop of the day should be, and we made the right decision!
May 02, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 02 May 2014
Bermuda is just beautiful and full with excitement. Even though is not as warm as back home, Bermuda is a mix of the beautiful tropical world and the dynamic seasonal patterns that exalt Nature’s beauty. Today we got the opportunity to visit the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS) and got to talk with very interesting people. We learned about many of the seeds that travel floating around the ocean for a long time and sometimes reach Bermuda. Seeds that sometimes come from Costa Rica and even the Amazons in Brazil!
May 01, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 01 May 2014
Our arrival in Bermuda has not halted the steady march of science on board the Corwith Cramer! In between exciting field trips and some much-needed rest, students have been fighting the good fight to finish up molecular work for their projects. DNA extractions and PCR amplifications must be finished by Friday morning so that samples can be flown back to Woods Hole with MBLscientist Linda Amaral-Zettler for sequencing at the facilities there.
April 30, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 30 April 2014
Hello People of the Land,
What an incredible day for the Cramerites in Bermuda! Although we rose early, we eagerly rode the bus to the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo (BAMZ) where we boarded their boat. To do what you may ask? To go snorkeling off of the northern coral reefs.
April 29, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 29 April 2014
Greetings from Bermuda! Its our tenth day-no wait, our third day in Bermuda?! The students had yesterday afternoon off, some ventured away to find Wi-Fi, others explored the small town of St. Georges where we are docked. A handful of us took a taxi to Clearwater bay to explore the beaches and parks. From the center of St. Georges we caught two cabs to Clearwater Beach, which is on the other side of the bay. If you have heard anything about Bermuda it is probably one of two things: the beautiful beaches and the extremely nice people.
April 28, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 28 April 2014
Today began our weeklong series of tours in Bermuda, starting with the organization that helped coordinate our safe entry into St. Georges harbor: Bermuda Radio.
Bermuda Radio operates 24/7, 365 days a year to coordinate all ship traffic, respond to maritime emergencies, and update weather/seas conditions for the waters in and around Bermuda.
April 27, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 27 April 2014
Good evening! Our good friend Robbie, and resident Bermudian on the Cramer, taught us that some version of the phrase good morning good afternoon or good evening is the required salutation to keep in style and good standing with the local people. In our first 6 hours of free time on solid ground, it has proven itself true. Bermudian culture is surprisingly formal but following proper manners results in overwhelmingly friendliness smiles, waves, and greetings for all.