I would sail 500 miles…

Position:  24 14’N x 084 46’W

Heading:  083T

Speed:  8 kt

Weather:  NE Force 4

Good day from SSV Corwith Cramer and the Williams-Mystic S12 class.  What a great day it is to be sailing!  We are south of Key West and riding the Florida current, which has advanced our progressed by as much as 2 knots at times. Thus far we have sailed more than 500 miles.

This morning, all hands gathered for student presentations of marine science results, describing and interpreting the data and samples we all helped to collect over the past week or so. B watch researched the physical and geological conditions of different sites along our cruise track: Ariel and Caiti focused on temperature and salinity data while Connor and Nicole analyzed ocean sediments. Those are only a couple of examples of the science that has been conducted aboard the Cramer, which will be compiled in a Cruise Report that students will refer to throughout the semester in their Williams-Mystic science classes.

Now that we’ve wrapped up our science reports for the offshore voyage, students are relishing their last couple of days at sea.   Students standing watch continue to keep the ship sailing smoothly; they have already begun to take more responsibility for the ship and for sailing maneuvers such as gybing, and for important tasks such as a much needed deck wash (which really was fun!).   In their off-watch time, students have been soaking up opportunities to learn how to use a sextant, tie a variety of knots, sing sea songs, and write down some of their experiences and observations.

We are so used to waking up at odd times for watch, it will be strange to sleep through the night again when we return to Mystic.  As Lara said a few days ago, “I never knew there were so many hours in the day!”


Karen and Monica in front of their poster on the surface currents we measured in the Straits of Florida and Gulf of Mexico.

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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