SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
Greetings from the SSV Corwith Cramer,
Today begins the sea component of class C-275 in SEA Semester’s Ocean Exploration Program. All of our students boarded the Corwith Cramer today at 0800 hours and joined the ship’s company as student crew.
The students of C-275, Ocean Exploration, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Woods Hole, MA this week and begin their blue-water voyage to Grenada, arriving around November 20th.
Cramer MMP is wrapping up with beautiful fall colors all over Belfast. Cooler weather, bright leaves, and pumpkin decorations all over town make it clear that the summer is finally over, and Cramer is getting ready to sail south!
Greetings from Belfast! The Cramer is currently floating alongside a dock here at the shipyard, and we are all SO excited. Here’s a quick recap of everything that had to happen to get to this point!
Together with the rest of the world, we at SEA have followed news of the hurricanes that have caused such widespread destruction and loss in the Caribbean. Our hearts go out to our friends and collaborators and to the communities affected by the devastation.
Because communications have been interrupted, we still don’t have complete information about the well-being of our Caribbean friends and the condition of many of the places we regularly visit, though we are working hard to find out more. We can report, however, that the SSV Corwith Cramer was not in the region (it is currently in Belfast, Maine) and so our own SEA students and crew were not directly affected.
It’s getting exciting here in Belfast, as we prepare to move Cramer out of the shed. Currently, she is scheduled to emerge from the shed on Tuesday! She will greet the sunshine with her newly painted hull, which is looking very sharp.
While Cramer no doubt gets excited to get out and about, the crew are very busy getting everything ready. Mickey spends his hours in yard running around directing projects, and his hours outside of yard doing odd jobs to keep up with the work. When I asked him what engineering was up to, he replied, “reassembling the boat,” before hurrying off to another task.
Greetings from Belfast! The action continues as the Cramer crew works hard to put the boat back together. It’s been a busy busy week, so here is a quick run-down of a few of the things happening here in yard!
In engineering, the deck generator is getting reinstalled, and the plumbing in the galley is being redone. Kelly is also working on the refrigeration systems on board, and dry stores is being repainted.
It’s getting down to the final push here in Cramer MMP! More and more SEA Crew have been flooding into the Crosby house, giving us numbers upwards of thirty to help put the ship back together.
The deck team has been - you guessed it - painting! But things are getting exciting, because more and more, those paint coats have been of top coat! The spreaders on the foremast are currently getting a fresh layer of black top coat, and the entire mast has been sanded and is now ready to paint. The rigging team continues their block party, although Ryan and Foretek have emphatically informed me that it is definitely not a “party”.
MMP has continued to be a flurry of reassembly. Everywhere, bits and pieces of the boat are coming together!
Deck is still split into the Rigging team, the Paint Prep team, and the Paint team this week. The Rigging team is pleased to welcome Foretek to Front Street, only to banish her out to the yards, which are being stored away from the rest of the ship. While Foretek preps the yards, the rest of the rigging team has finished re-serving the wire, and has moved on to - you guessed it - more blocks!
The Cramer Crew has been busy this week continuing to put the ship back together, and at the moment, she’s held together with a lot of paint and caffeine.
Deck has been divided into two teams - the pre-paint team, and the paint team. The pre-paint team has been doing incredible work preparing the soles of the fo’c’sle and the main saloon for painting, so that the paint team can swoop in and paint it.