SEA Currents: celestial navigation
Let the JWO phase begin!
Last night’s evening watch marked the beginning of Phase 3, the JWO (Junior Watch Officer) and JLO (Junior Lab Officer) phase. From here on out the students will be putting their newly acquired knowledge to the test and running the ship on deck and in lab, while the mates and assistant scientists take a step back, guiding with a more hands off approach. Our first three JWOs were JJ from A Watch (evening watch), Darcy from B Watch (midwatch), and Clare from C Watch (dawn watch).
Imagine you are fast asleep until you suddenly awake in a small bunk, tossed by a large swell, and you instantly remember that you are on a dark ship in the middle of the ocean. This is how I welcomed in my 20th birthday on June 21st, by scrambling to gather myself and make it on deck for Mid-Watch, from 2300 to 0300. It felt surreal as I made my way through the galley and onto the deck of the Robert C. Seamans, making sure not to be toppled over by the constant ebbing and flowing of the ship.
Safety drill: Oscar has been saved
Today marks the sixth day at sea for us here aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. It has been a lovely day filled with sunshine and plenty of smiles as the last of us have finally reached the end of our sea sickness. For C watch, our day started last night on our watch from 1900-2300. We were amazed by one of the most beautiful sunsets you could imagine, which several people said looked like it was painted across the sky.
The tide is high, but I’m holding on!
Day 4 at sea, and it already feels like weeks. From the moment we boarded the Cramer in Woods Hole, there has been so much to learn and see and do. From music on the quarterdeck to watching dolphin pods skip playfully out of the water under the bow net, it has been an exhilarating experience thus far! It’s pretty hard to believe we’ve only been underway for three days. In that time, we’ve collected plankton net samples, neuston tows, and hydrocast data, and have raised and lowered most of the sails on the ship.
Sunrise, Sunset, and Stars!
One phenomenon of the rotational watch schedule is that on one day out of every three, you stand afternoon watch (1300-1900) and see the sun set, followed by dawn watch (0300-0700) where you get to enjoy the sunrise. It makes for a bizarre sleep schedule but on a clear night it is well worth it. Last night was one of the most incredible views of the sky I have ever seen.
Time: A Human Invention of Great Use at Sea
Today marks the first 24 hour period that we will observe as the 3rd of April. How is this possible? Tonight we will cross the International Date Line, which, unlike the equator, tropics, or ant/arctic circles, does not represent any change in natural phenomena. It is rather the other side of the prime meridian (itself an arbitrary line) that runs through Greenwich, England. Although it is arbitrary, the Date Line is important because of our attention to time.
Annie and Codie here, reporting from the Science Lab with Juliana, our personal scientist, while reminiscing about our adventures jumping off the bowsprit during our first swim call on our voyage. The water was very refreshing and a special treat! To top off another perfect day at sea we got to see the Green Flash which we had just learned about the other day from Codie!
Approach to the Equator
Hello to all you Lovely Land Lubbers (We love alliterations here aboard the Mama Seamans), this is Marissa, 1/3 of the D.O.D, or Department of Deckhands that is sailing this awesome PIPA SEA Semester. Today has been yet another glorious day aboard, and as we pasted through the meteorological equator aka the Doldrums, aka the ITCZ, we have been able to secure the Main Engine and sail once more.
Ship, Shipmates, Self
Aloha friends and family!
It’s hard to believe that it’s only day four at sea. The days have practically melted together as we’ve been jam packed with standing watch, scarfing down delicious food, deploying science gear, learning about our new home aboard the Robert C. Seamans, napping on occasion, and tapping into our inner sailors.
The first thing I learned after stepping on board the ship was a little saying that goes, “Ship, Shipmates, Self.”
C253 Web Blog - 04 June 2014
Hey everyone, Gabby here! We’ve been on “Mama Cramer” for four days now and things are starting to get easier. Some people have been battling sea sickness and donating to Neptune (myself being one of those people). Most everyone is through that rough stage and our inner ears are adjusting to the rolling motion. Life aboard the ship is becoming an easier routine and is going great so far.