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April 26, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 26 April 2014

Allison Work, Whitman College

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Just as we’re finally catching on to this whole life-at-sea thing, we’re thrown a new curveball: arrival in Bermuda! We are here one day early according to our itinerary, mainly because we made good time from San Juan and the weather forecast isn’t looking great for the next couple of days. We receive daily weather faxes while out at sea, so we’ve been tracking the southward progress of a significant cold front coming south from the East Coast. Predicted high winds and seas didn’t sound particularly peachy next to the option of an extra day in a calm port, so we motor sailed out of yesterday’s hove to position into Bermuda this afternoon.

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April 25, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 25 April 2014

Mandy Camp & Callie Bateson, Stetson University & Rollins College

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So, you have all heard about our science, but what is ship life really like? What do we do on “watch”? Our watch rotation is a means of keeping tabs on our progress and safety aboard the Corwith Cramer. There are two six-hour day shifts and three four-hour night shifts in a 24 hour period. A watch group typically is responsible for one day shift and one night shift, and these rotate in a three day cycle. So, on Monday you may have watch from 0700-1300, and then again from 2300-0300.

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April 24, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 24 April 2014

Kiah Walker, Williams College

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As there have been large swells all day today, we are currently “hove to,” meaning that the sails are set such that we are not using them to make forward progress. Rather, they are helping to keep us steady while we ride out the rolling seas and strong winds, which fortunately happen to be helping us drift toward Bermuda. We are due to arrive in port in just a few days!

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April 23, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 23 April 2014

Tony Hoffman | Robert Barlow, UAS Design Engineer, UARV Pilot | High School - Intern (Archimedes Aerospace LLC)

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Others” rise and shine to your 06:00 wakeup call. The Cramer moved through the night on diesel not wind, this did not keep us from catching a few greatly needed Z’s.  As soon as breakfast was set, Captain gave the order for an early morning Unmanned Aerial Research Vehicle activity. The winds were calm and the sea was quiet. So preparations were underway for a second flight.  A host of preflight checklist items being tended to by Robert, Archimedes Aerospace’s Intern and ‘C’ Watch member.

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April 22, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 22 April 2014

Zachary Bourgault, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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‘A’ watch awoke for the morning shift from a very sleepless night. The large swells had us rocking in our bunks to the sound of quickly shifting galley appliances throughout the night. Mustering the will to concentrate, we went about our duties on deck and in lab. Stood down at 1300, we quickly ate a delicious lunch before preparing for today’‘s special 1430 class.

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April 21, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 21 April 2014

Torey Bowser, University of Maine

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Time is beginning to tick down to our Bermuda deadline. Team Phyllo (my team) has begun extracting DNA from the phyllosoma collected in the net tows. Unfortunately our crispy critters are taking longer to break down than expected. Hopefully we will be done in time for Team Lepto to start working on extracting from their eels.

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April 20, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 20 April 2014

Connor Dixon, Whitman College

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A Guide to Avoiding Sunburn and Surviving the Ocean
In the subtropical wilderness, the pale Seattlite may soon become a grotesque shade of burgundy if certain steps are not taken. Although at first unbelievable, a person may find shade scarce among the ocean. Despite its vastness, I have yet to find a tree or other source of shelter in the high seas beyond the boat that brought us here. As such, I have set about creating a survival guide for the Northwesterner in this most inhospitable environment.

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April 19, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 19 April 2014

Dr. Robbie Smith, Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo

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The dawn found us sailing steadily north, after a bumpy night again. But the skies brightened quickly and another busy day began. I had to look forward to the “pleasure” of trying to teach another class at 8 AM on the quarterdeck with rolling seas and 25 knots of steady breeze. I was leading another discussion on Bermuda’s geology and the significant sea level studies that have been done there. Pretty hard to concentrate on your discussion while being heaved around and also trying to hold up flapping papers with images relevant to the lecture topic. I hope the students got my drift!

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April 18, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 18 April 2014

Luke Gervase, B-watch, SUNY E.S.F.

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Things have been going swimmingly thus far aboard Mama Cramer with my amazing shipmates. After 3 days I already feel the ship is our home… wait, has it been five? It is so easy to lose track of days and time on our watch schedule. I think we are all finally getting into a sleeping schedule and getting adjusted to life on the high seas. The seas have gotten stronger and are making the boat rock quite violently at times. Last night in particular, I was woken up a few times as I was being thrashed into the side of my bunk. The sea sickness has dropped drastically despite the rising swells; we all just needed that adjustment time, myself included.

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April 17, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 17 April 2014

Brandon O’Brien, C-Watch, Cornell University

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Another clear day of sailing aboard the Corwith Cramer! Winds have picked up slightly and the ship has been rocking a bit more today. Stumbling continues, though everyone seems to be swiftly adjusting. Seasickness is on the decline, and science is steadily progressing.

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