SEA Currents: Ocean Exploration
Welcome to the tropics! On this fifth of November the Cramer and her crew crossed the Tropic of Cancer, this invisible line circling the globe at 23° 30’ N. This event (celebrated by as many aloha shirts as I could encourage people to wear) was one I was looking forward to for some time, and this for a few reasons.
Ahoy readers of the Cramer blog,
Today was another Field day. That means that we all had a chance to scrub, shine, wipe, sweep, and swiff! There was plenty of grit and grime (Mung) to keep us busy for a couple of hours! Cookware came out of the Galley for a good scrubbin’, settee cushions up to the deck for a shinin’, overheads and bulkheads wiped, Soles swept n’ swiffered!
Greetings from the SSV Corwith Cramer Steward Assistant,
Today might be an ordinary day for everyone, but I feel quite special because I am the Steward, which means I can take a break from my sailing training and any other on deck duties. There is more night sleeping time for the Steward’s Assistant because usually for dawn watch everyone needs to wake up at 12:30am while the Steward Assistant can sleep until 4am.
Somehow, dawn watch always arrives sooner than you think: the 0030 wake-up call, the red lights that preserve our night vision below decks, the bowl of midrats (midnight snack) to grab from before we stumble out onto the deck. The cool early-morning air and the endless expanse of stars above us brings us more fully into wakefulness, though cups of coffee clutched in sleep-heavy hands may also help.
Dear Family and Friends,
First of all, I would like to start by explaining how surreal this experience truly is. With seasickness long gone, we can now experience and understand the wonders of the sea. The ability to walk on deck at any hour of the day and see nothing but deep blue sea and perfectly clear horizon is an incredible unprecedented experience for me. With no light pollution for hundreds of miles, you are able to see everything from ships in the far distance to a perfect celestial sphere in the night sky.
Happy Halloween everybody!
So where to begin so much has happened just today and it’s hard to figure out where to start. I guess I’ll start with this, today was the beginning of phase II, The Shadow Phase. During this phase, we students are given more opportunities to be put into leadership rolls. That could be anywhere from calling the striking or a setting a sail or calling a gybe (that’s a way of turning the boat, mostly used to get ready for science).
I don’t even know where to begin when attempting to describe to you my time onboard the ship thus far. It has been a crazy time of ups and downs, all of which are memorable in their own ways. Thankfully for me, most of the seasickness has finally passed (besides the natural fatigue that accompanies life onboard).
Another beautiful day and another beautiful sunrise and sunset. Out here in the middle of the ocean, these are my favorite thing to move relative to… that and 6 meals a day!
The seas have been laying down a bit, making working and moving around the vessel a bit easier. The Main Engine has been off for a good chunk of the last two days, which is nice for the engineer. Makes my world a bit quieter and cooler.
Greetings from the Corwith Cramer crew! Hope everyone on land is having (had?) a great weekend! I’m writing to you from the freshly cleaned library of our freshly cleaned ship! Today was field day and for those of you not in the know and wondering how we could possibly host a lively array of lawn activities and sporting events on a tall ship in the middle of the ocean, field day is when we clean the ship from the heads to the soles!
Over the past few days, the rough waves, interesting shower situations, and deck restrictions have triggered many spiritual conversations with Poseidon in search of smoother sailing. Someone must have spoken to him ‘cause this morning, we woke up to the open deck sign and gentler waves.
It’s hard to believe how little time has passed because I feel like we have been up to so much during the 9 days C-275 has spent on the Cramer. Last Friday, we left the WHOI dock and this Friday, we find ourselves in full watch schedules, working on our Creature Feature Infotainment assignment, and most urgent and exciting learning the lines in preparation for the Great Line Chase on Monday! There seems to be so much to look forward to.