SEA Currents: c257
March 02, 2015
Once Again, We Return To the Sea
“James, James, James” is the first thing I heard whispered into my bunk as I woke up this morning. Knowing that this was my wake up call for dawn watch, I reluctantly replied “Good morning.” I then heard, “It’s 0550 you have 10 minutes till watch. It’s a little chilly bring a coat.” Rubbing my eyes, I rolled out of my bed and began to get dressed so that I would be on deck in time for my watch. To be honest, I was less than enthused to be waking up this early in the morning. However, I knew that I was the lucky one today—I would get to watch the sun rise this morning.
March 01, 2015
Experiencing St. Martin
Hello from St. Martin!!
It’s hard to believe that we left San Juan only a week and a half ago. Time is never to spare on board the Cramer, and the amount that we’ve done in the past 10 days far surpasses the norms of life on our home campuses. We’ve been here in St. Martin for the past 3 days, and it has been truly wonderful. Today, I was discussing with one of my shipmates the positive change in energy amongst our group.
February 27, 2015
Flying juice for breakfast and calm seas for dinner!
The day did not start out as peaceful. I’d say it was a bit more exciting. My day started with breakfast, and I am telling you, a whole pitcher of juice literally flew off our table. Our ship has been rocking and rolling for a few days now, but today the seas were particularly rough. We encountered some ten- to twelve-foot waves during our watch, and squalls just kept coming right at us!
February 26, 2015
Week One Reflections
Every day thus far aboard the Cramer has been active and eventful, with today being no different than the rest. Between taking on a marathon of science deployments and experiencing our first Atlantic History Hour, C Watch had an exciting morning watch shift. Beginning at dawn where we received a 0600 wakeup, we next were served another awesome breakfast at 0620, and then made our way up on deck at 0650 to relieve B Watch.
February 25, 2015
Welcome Aboard, Sarge!
Personally, I was able to start the day with a very special moment: welcoming aboard a new shipmate. But before we get to that, we have some background to cover.
Starting with our lovely 2230 wake ups, which are always a bit disorienting (who doesn’t love being woken up on a rocking ship in the middle of the night?), B watch slips out of our bunks, don our harnesses and shoes, and climb up onto deck to begin our mid-watch, which runs the ship from 2300 to 0300.
February 24, 2015
Opening the Pool
I miss everyone back on land very dearly, and I’ve got pictures of all of you (including the dogs) hanging in my bunk for when I get sad at night, but fear not, I’m having an incredible time here. Yesterday, I had one of the most majestic moments of my life. Shortly after seeing a rainbow off St. Croix, a few shipmates and I climbed out onto the bowsprit to furl the jib. As Marissa and I looked below us, we saw a dolphin riding along with the boat right below us.
February 23, 2015
One Exciting Monday!
Ahoy there parents and loved ones! Oh boy, I have an exciting day to tell all of you about!
As you might have read from Rob’s blog entry, the Corwith Cramer hit a couple of squalls yesterday evening. For our safety and “the sake of aiding the learning process,” Captain Sean decided to set anchor for the night in Brewers Bay.
February 22, 2015
Our First Day of Shipboard Science!
Hey all you landlubbers out there trying to live vicariously through Cramer class 257’s blog posts, here’s a recap of what we did and where we went for February 22nd –our first full day at sea! The day began with the Cramer under way to the northeast of Puerto Rico as we worked to make our “easting” (movement to the east) towards St. Martin. Unfortunately, nothing ever goes perfectly as planned on the high seas, and the wind was out of the east, making it necessary to tack and try to work the ship against the wind and seas.
February 21, 2015
Training concludes, sails are set, as C257 begins our cruise track!!
We spent the bulk of this morning anchored in the bay off of Old San Juan. Getting to that spot from the dock involved some impressive maneuvering by our crew, led by Captain Sean Bercaw. Despite the fact that we were docked in something of a corner with the wind blowing towards the shore, Captain Sean guided us off the dock as if he had done it hundreds of times before (probably because he has).
February 20, 2015
Old San Juan Port Stop
As prudent mariners it is always important to look ahead and plan accordingly, but as an academic, I will take the time to also summarize what the students have been doing the last 24 hours.
After a busy day of travel and several hours of shipboard training, the students quickly retired to their bunks last night. All reported having slept well in their new home and were ready for the day’s adventure to start at the leisurely hour of 0645.