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Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2000
Time: 2315 EDT

Sea Connections Summer Institute for Teachers continues today.

We spent the morning anchored off Long Point and Wood End near Provincetown. The dories were over for expeditions to the beach and salt marsh just inshore while water quality testing continued on board the ship.

You can see the process of getting the ship's dories over and some of the multitude of crabs, prawns and fish that came up with green algae in an otter trawl. It was an entire ecosystem! A scallop dredge and bottom grab went over, as well.

The weather held fine all morning and even allowed a swim call just before lunch before taking off for the other side of Cape Cod Bay near the entrance of the Canal to anchor for the night. You can see the red track on the chart as we entered Provincetown Harbor and the dark pink upon departure today. The middle chart image shows us mid-bay enroute. A cold front with 25 - 35 knot winds is due through this evening and we plan to stay on this side of the Canal to be sheltered from the strong SW breeze.

Yes. Alan Lee Hankin was seen doing the pans in the galley after lunch.

We came to anchor off Scorton Harbor just east of Scorton Ledge near Sandwich. There was a large cluster of fishing boats on the ledge itself as we approached and we saw plenty of small fish being driven to the surface presumably by larger fish feeding from beneath.

You can see the clouds moving in driven by the rising SW'ly. We expect a cold front tonight.

A wrapup session for the day was convened below decks in the main hold to look at conclusions drawn from data collected during the day.

The weather radar image from Intellicast shows the cold front passing at 2145 or so this evening. We have an anchor watch standing all night to check the anchor and the ship. This is a standard procedure on the Ernestina. The 'night order book' describes the plan for the night and instructs all the individuals who, in turn, rise from their bunks to stand an hour.

Wind: SW Force 3/5 with higher gusts with frontal passage
Visibility: Good, except reduced in rain in the evening at 2200.

Captain: Gregg Swanzey
Program Coordinators: Crista Mellican
Program Director: Alan Lee Hankin, Ph.D.

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