|Sea Connections Summer Institute for
Teachers continues today.
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
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
A wrapup session for the day
was convened below decks in the main hold to look
at conclusions drawn from data collected during
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.
Program Coordinators: Crista Mellican
Program Director: Alan Lee Hankin, Ph.D.