Welcome Aboard!

July 2, 2024

Author: Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist

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Some of the students (right to left; Sami, Sam, and Iona) sharing their first drawing of the voyage – what comes to mind when you think about oceanography?

Ship's Log

Saturday, June 29th, 2024

Position: (Lat and Long): 41° 31.4’N x 070° 40.2’W

Log (nm):  0.0 nm. We are still alongside the dock.

Weather / Wind and Sail Plan:  Steady southerly breeze, partly sunny.

Description of where we are sailing:  No sails yet, we are still alongside Dyers Dock in Woods Hole, MA.

Welcome aboard!  So excited to welcome our new shipmates aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer.  We now have 37 crew onboard:  14 professional crew from SEA and 23 newly arrived student crew.  Before we can set sail we have to prepare our new shipmates for their responsibilities as members of the crew.  There is so much to learn.  Once they stepped aboard it is like crossing the border into a new country, with a new ‘language’ and customs.  They must learn the ways of the ship before we can leave the dock.

There was a thorough safety training, in the galley, the engine room and in the lab.  The students all met with our Chief Mate Johnny and learned about standing a Watch (the six-hour period when one group of students is responsible for the sailing, the science, and the safety of the ship!).

Don’t worry, there was also plenty of time for the students to simply hangout and get to know each other.  Since we are each, individually responsible for the ship and our shipmates, it helps if you know who is taking care of the ship when you are down in your bunk sleeping.

As far as I can tell, I am going to sleep well tonight!  We have a great crew, and I am looking forward to the rest of our adventure together.

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist

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