SEA Currents: Jan 2017
Good afternoon from the SSV Corwith Cramer. I’m Lisa Gilbert, Chief Scientist and Williams-Mystic professor, here with my colleagues Prof. Mike Nishizaki and Teaching Assistant Hannah Whalen, the Spring 2017 Williams-Mystic students, and Cramer’s professional crew. The S17 Williams-Mystic students arrived Mystic Seaport just one week ago from colleges and universities all over the country, and now here we are 7 nautical miles off the coast of Puerto Rico.
Sea Education Association will host a public lecture, “Be not too Bold: Colonial Smuggling and the Stealthy Boat Captains who Made it Possible” on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. Carl Herzog, an adjunct faculty instructor at SEA, will deliver the lecture, the second of SEA’s Winter/Spring Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Association, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
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We invite you to attend the SEA Winter/Spring Lecture Series. The lectures are free and open to the public, and refreshments are served. The following upcoming lectures are currently scheduled:
Sunday, April 9 (DATE CHANGED FROM APRIL 2), 2 p.m.: Dr. Craig Martin will discuss environmental issues of the Caribbean (title TBD).
Sunday, April 30 (DATE CHANGED FROM APRIL 23), 2 p.m.: “Time & Tide, An Anthropology of the Ocean,” by Dr. Jeff Wescott.
Lectures are held at Sea Education Association’s James L. Madden Center, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth.
Additional details will be posted here, in the local press, on posters, and on social media as the lecture dates near.
We hope to see you at an upcoming lecture!
We arrived in San Juan harbor early yesterday afternoon under light winds and calm seas, very different from the weather in which we had departed at the start of our voyage. The afternoon featured a field day to give our beloved Cramer a much-deserved cleaning, followed by a round of student research presentations on our quarterdeck classroom. The students did an excellent job with this, and it was exciting to see all that they had accomplished during the 10-day program.
After thorough search and evaluation, Sea Education Association has selected Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine for SSV Corwith Cramer’s upcoming major maintenance period.
“We are excited to be working with the staff and management at Front Street Shipyard… for planning and implementation of this important work period for SEA’s senior flagship,” said David Bank, SEA Director of Marine Operations.
An extensive work list is planned, including maintenance on the rigging, engineering systems, galley and living spaces. The work will take place from June through August 2017.
SEA President Peg Brandon expressed thanks to the SEA Marine Operations Department, and to the SEA Ship Committee for their efforts in this project: “The Cramer is now approaching 30 years of age, so it’s important that we continue to invest in her so that she may continue to fulfill our mission at SEA.”
The morning began with astonishing moments; San Juan to our backs, the lights making the island of Puerto Rico look like a Christmas tree that filled the sky with light and drowned out the stars. Yet to our port the stars prevailed, covering the black canvas with millions of specks radiating light to the horizon.
Yesterday we were at anchor off the coast of Vieques (our first and only port stop). It was exciting to once again touch land with our own two feet. Re-adjusting to not moving and being on land felt different. I couldn’t tell that we had stopped until I came onto deck and saw that we had stopped. Even when I woke up today, I felt as though we had never stopped moving. I had watch at 0700 this morning.
Today was a day unlike the last six or seven. I was woken up around 1030 after a much needed long night’s rest, and was told we were going swimming! That was quite a change of pace from being awoken at 0620 for watch duties. I put on my swim suit and went up on deck to find we were anchored in beautiful Sun Bay off of an island called Vieques. About an hour later, we got debriefed on all the swimming rules, and then they let us go at it!
My day began at 0100 this morning. C Watch was posted at dawn watch (0100 to 0700), and I was in need of a nap. After a delicious breakfast, that is exactly what I did. So my day really began at 1145. At this time, I could hear B Watch preparing to go aloft, high above the deck in the rigging of the ship. This event is one of utmost importance on our voyage. The crew have tantalized us all with the opportunity to go aloft.
Imagine a rainbow made of varying shades of silver extending completely across the night sky. I had no idea that this, to which we coined the term “moonbow,” existed before I saw it last night. We had just sailed through some squalls during our evening watch; it was raining, and the boat was getting knocked around in the waves, making lab work difficult to say the least. Suddenly, the storm passed and everything was calm until Gracie busted through the lab door shouting, “Guys! There’s a rainbow. AT NIGHT!”