F13 Goes Offshore: Day 9

Day 9- Catalina Harbor, Santa Catalina Island, CA

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

ImageWe began science presentations this morning at 0900. In pairs, students presented their unique findings related to the biological, physical,chemical, or geological features of the ocean along our cruise track. In the above picture, Bennett from Oberlin College and Alana of Smith College present their findings from sediment samples collected from the seafloor. They examined sediment grain size variability as it relates to measured currents from our three Super Stations. Their presentation was particularly interactive with samples from each testing site available for audience members to observe.

Following student presentations, we paused for snack and then enjoyed a quick splash in the waters of Catalina Island Harbor! The crew allowed the students to swim in a designated area and afforded the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of jumping off the bowsprit of the SSV Robert C. Seamans!

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Members of the F’13 class splashing around off the port beam!

It is about noon here in Catalina as we weigh anchor and get underway to San Diego Harbor. This afternoon will be further discussion of Richard Henry Dana Jr.’s 1840 narrative, Two Years Before the Mast, especially in relation to some of the historical elements of the ship we’re sailing on ourselves. Students will then learn some marlinspike seamanship—splicing and whipping rope—so that each will understand how to use a traditional sail palm and a needle.

We hope to sail through the night, enjoy the stars and ship for one last set of night watches, and then come to anchor off San Diego.

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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