Coral reefs and local shipwrecks on the Dry Tortugas

Position:  24 26’N x 082 50’W

Heading:  118T

Speed:  4 kt

Weather:  NE Force 3

The Williams-Mystic S12 class went ashore today, spending the morning at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas.  Zoe, Bianca, and Catherine were among the first students in the water.  They dropped their day packs and jumped in the water.  We all climbed on the fort, snorkeled, and then had class at the beach:  topics included coral reefs, the Dry Tortugas National Marine Sanctuary, and local shipwrecks, taught by Professors Lisa Gilbert and Katy Hall.  Katy met us today via ferry, and has joined the ship’s company, bringing our total on board to 38 people.

After lunch we sailed off the hook, headed southeast toward Key West.  It’s evening watch now and we’re currently sailing under the four lowers, with a nice sailing breeze.  Alex L. is at the helm.  Lara, Bianca, and Connor are in the lab, finishing their reports for tomorrow’s oceanography poster session.  It’s hard to believe that we have less than three days left on the ship.

Grace and Emanuel exploring Fort Jefferson with the Corwith Cramer in sight behind them!

Author: williamsmystic

A one semester interdisciplinary ocean and coastal studies program integrating marine science, maritime history, environmental policy, and literature of the sea.

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