SEA Currents: c267
June 20, 2016
JWO/JLO? Talk About UH OH
Today was quite the day here on the SSV Corwith Cramer filled with laughs, smiles and an abundance of delicious food! I started my day off waking up early to Meg ringing the breakfast bell and saying “IT’S BAGEL DAY,” to which I promptly hopped out of bed, heading straight for the main salon. Our wonderful steward, Bex had crafted fresh bagels for the morning, amongst many other glorious meals crafted to delicious perfection.
June 19, 2016
With all of the bustle of weather and watch and work, it seems strange to think about the slow moments, the pause moments. These elusive patches of time ripple through each day, but come together on Sundays, the day of rest at sea just as much as on land. Although watch schedules continue as usual, there is no class, and peaceful swathes of time drift by for laundry and sleep and talk.
June 18, 2016
High Seas and High Spirits
It was a busy day as always here on the Cramer! We spent the day feeling the effects of a pretty big low pressure system passing to the north of us. This meant that the dawn watch (C watch) had strong wind, rain, and some big swells this morning. It sounds like they had quite the exhilarating experience striking the jib! When turnover came around and my watch (A watch) came on at 0700 the sky was still overcast and we were still seeing swells as big as 15 feet.
June 17, 2016
A Poem or three
With seas grown high and wind a-blowin’
There’s no place that we’re a goin’
‘Heave to’ they say and ‘hunker down’
To study lest you wear a frown
When the practicals occur
But with no shipmate you confer.
Study ropes and knots and lines
In order that your pin you’ll find;
June 16, 2016
Dolphin Sightings and Banana Spillage
Greetings Land Lubbers,
Today has been a wonderful day for sailing! The seas have been low, the current is in our favor, and the sun has come out to help dry our laundry on the bow. We had another spectacular dolphin sighting this morning followed by a whale sighting from B watch up on the main mast. Other exciting news on the ship is that we have reached the halfway point of our journey!
June 15, 2016
Still Sailing Along
After the dawn watch (0100-0700) and evening watch (1900-0100) combo of yesterday, I think B watch enjoyed our day to sleep in today. We awoke to cold, foggy weather, although the rain has let up from last night’s downpours. Starting the day off with an entertaining B watch meeting with mate Scott and assistant scientist Erin helped lighten the mood. We have only known each other for about 11 days now, but when living together in tight spaces and twenty-four hours a day, personalities come out and it feels like we have known each other for much, much longer.
June 14, 2016
Jellyfishing and Science-ing Hard
Today marks the start of data analysis for each Practical Oceanographic Research group. Nets have been sent out daily to collect phytoplankton on the surface of the ocean. These samples have accumulated over the days and our assistant scientists have turned the task of assigning meaning to this conglomerate of tiny plants over to us.
June 13, 2016
Hello from the Cramer!
Beautiful day for some sailing! So far our log reads that we have traveled 904.5 nm, but as you all know we still have a ways to go. It is a wonderful 25.5 °C currently and most of us are outside enjoying the nice weather while we have it! During my 13:00 to 19:00 watch today, we saw a turtle, dolphins, a baby turtle and over 200 Portuguese Man-o-Wars (Physalia physalia) in six hours.
June 12, 2016
Operation Sierra Charlie
Behold, arctic tern
Bird of eternal summer
Flapping in the breeze.
(Collaborative spontaneous haiku at the sight of said bird – Morning Watch (A))
June 11, 2016
Mama Cramer Love
Today was a big day for Mama Cramer. She got a pedicure, and manicure, and salt water scrub, and face mask. Every Saturday we show our love for our home and transportation by dedicating the afternoon to her cleanliness. It was a little nasty, but at the end of the day very satisfying.