F13 Goes Offshore: Day 7

Day 7 – 33° 20.7’N X 118° 32.1’W

Monday, September 9, 2013

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Members of C Watch are briefed by their mate on exactly how to maintain three points of contact as they make their way up the rigging.

This morning members of the Fall ’13 class suited up and clipped in to climb aloft in the ship’s rigging! With careful instruction and safety precautions observed, students ascended as high as the topsail yard.

Raina from Carleton College, Autumn from Dartmouth College, and Eleanore from Kenyon Colleges demonstrate what happens when chlorophyll is subject to light
from the ship’s fluorometer.

After a dolphin sighting and some line handling practice, students attended class led by Captain Doug Nemeth about containerization and his own experience as a master and watch officer aboard these ships. Though we see very few ships here in the Outer Santa Barbara Passage, to the north is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world–transiting in and out of LA-Long Beach. For student reports, members of A Watch gave us a little taste of how their lab work is going through a fabulous explanation by Julia from Williams College and a live-action demonstration carried out by the entire watch.

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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