A day in the life

Local: 24 deg. 13.6 ‘ N x 82.29.9 ‘ W

Sailing under the four lowers and the JT and a sky full of stars

We’ve had a near perfect day aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer on this sunny February day. This is Katie the Director of Admissions at Williams-Mystic. Today was very busy, from the usual watch schedules to science presentations and even a marlin spike class. Here’s a detailed look at what I’ve been up to in the past 24 hours.

1900 – Galley clean-up with C Watch.  We washed dishes, galley mats, the sole (floor), trash cans, and all the surfaces in the galley to make it spick and span for the stewards.

2230 – Helped wake up A Watch who was coming on deck at 2300 for Midwatch

2301 – Asleep

0600 – A wonderful wake up encouraging me to get up on deck to see the stars before breakfast

0620 – French toast for breakfast!

0640 – Washed dishes in the galley

0700 – Listened to Lauren the assistant steward play banjo on the science deck as the sun rose

0800 – Set, furled, passed, and then re-set the Jib with C Watch and Don the Engineer. Don helped keep pace by singing a few chanteys while we worked.

0900 – Time for a deck wash!

1000 – Fruit and granola for morning snack

1015 – Cut 25 lines for marlin pike nautical science class

1100 – Assisted in the Lab double checking data with assistant scientist Mitch

1200 – Learned how to make a Turk’s head bracelet from Lisa Gilbert on the quarter deck

1300 – Mac & Cheese and Chili for Lunch

1330 – A quick nap

1400 – On deck for science poster session presentations from the students.  The goal of our research while aboard Cramer was for the students to understand the biological, geological, chemical, and physical controls on the Straits of Florida.  For example, Alix from Williams and Caroline from Hamilton explained vertical migration of zooplankton in the noon and midnight neuston net tows; Lucy from Williams, Morgan from the California Maritime Academy, and Alex from Mt Holyoke showed us the difference in bottom sediment between our continental slope and continental shelf sediment grab stations; Chris from California Maritime Academy and Casey from Mt Holyoke explained surface nutrients and productivity along our cruise track.

Annie, Melissa, and Julia standing by their science poster on Current, Salinity, and Temperature of our three super stations!

1530 – Scones for afternoon snack

1545 – Nautical science class on deck:  splicing and whipping line

1700 – Taught a few students how to make a Turk’s head bracelet on deck while Andrew made leather cuff to prevent one of the ship’s lines from chafing and Stephanie sewed a new anchor bag for one of the dories.

1900 – Roast beef or spiced tofu, wild rice, green beans for dinner, followed by boat check, and bed. As we sail closer and closer to Key West, Florida I can’t believe how quickly our trip has gone.  Tonight the students will be taken watch by watch onto the bowsprit for a few apt readings about life at sea with Professor Lisa Gilbert as they stare into the night sky.  It is a beautiful way to spend one of our last nights on board.

Fair Winds from a happy crew,


Author: williamsmystic

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

One thought on “A day in the life”

  1. Bless you all, and stare into tonight’s warm night sky, sending thoughtful wishes and thanks for the memories that will surely last a lifetime! So happy for you all!

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