Ocean Classroom 2020: Day 55

Ocean Classroom 2020: Day 55

Charleston, South Carolina

Jamie

Monday, November 2, 2020 

This morning we woke up to a cold breeze. After a few days of stormy weather, I think we are all ready to spend time in the Caribbean. After morning chores and homemade bagels from galley assistant Rachel, we wrote a timed essay for English class. A Voyage for Madmen has been a main topic of discussion, so wrapping up the book by answering a question that has been a major theme was a good way to end. Next, we gathered our laundry to be washed! We partnered up, each of us were allowed to have half a pillowcase worth of laundry. This is exciting because we have only washed our clothes so far by hand with Dr. Bronners and seawater. After sending our clothes to be cleaned, we got the call that provisions had arrived. We put on masks, grabbed a few carts, and went to meet the delivery service to bring weeks’ worth of food back to the boat. We sorted food and broke down cardboard boxes until we grabbed everything from the dock. For history class we continued with our Modern Monday debates. We are given a question from a landmark supreme court case. We debate both sides and are then told the actual outcome of the case. After a dinner of chicken and waffles, we watched the documentary Smog of the Sea set up by Holly for our marine science class. We brought up sleeping bags and pillows to keep warm and stay comfortable on deck. The documentary was about a group of scientists and musician Jack Johnson explaining the reason they have been conducting research in the Bahamas. They found a lot of microplastics in the water, even when the water looks clear. It’s a sad reality but important that we all recognize that plastic use is a large problem. After watching the documentary, there was a pod of harbor porpoises that came close to the boat. Since then, we have seen them very frequently all through the next morning. I am looking forward to warmer coming as we continue our voyage south!