Position: Courthouse Pier, Boston Harbor
Speed: 0 Knots
Weather: calm, clear, 68F
August 31, 2011. 0600 on the quarterdeck. The stars are fading from view and students are just waking up after their first night aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. It’s a calm morning at the dock in Boston Harbor, with light wind out of the southwest and gulls flying overhead. Yesterday, we (the Williams-Mystic Fall 2011 class, plus a teaching assistant and oceanography professor), boarded a bus from Mystic, CT to Boston, where we met the ship and joined her crew.
We had a busy first day of safety orientation from Captain Beth and the engineer, mates, stewards, and assistant scientists. Students are starting to learn their way around and getting accustomed to being on the ship. They are learning lines, learning the daily routines and procedures, and practicing use of the oceanographic equipment.
As students arrive up on deck from their full night’s sleep, they look rested and excited for the next ten days. We look forward leaving the dock after lunch and heading south toward the Cape Cod Canal.
Chief Scientist aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer and Williams College Assistant Professor of Geosciences & Marine Science