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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
C251 Web Blog - 18 March 2014
Little Bay, Montserrat
Force 4, East
Another beautiful day sailing on the Corwith Cramer began for C watch as they took the deck at 0700 after the B watch JWO skillfully navigated the ship to the waypoint set by the captain off of the island of Montserrat. As we sailed the ship in closer to our anchorage under the loom of this lofty volcanic island we did not find the wind shadow that we had experienced on many of the other islands that we have recently sailed under the lee of. The ship charged on at 7 knots until we reached a point 1 mile off our anchorage where our JWO Kyle hove the ship to and took in all of the ships sails with the help of our friendly B watch shipmates. After making quick order of stowing our sails we engaged our trusty engineering staff to maneuver the last nautical mile to where we would drop our anchor. We found good holding ground and with a heavy anchor and lots of chain(a scope of 8 to 1) we should sit soundly for the evening even with the force 4 to 5 winds gusting down the towering mountains ahead of our ship.
With the ship secure and all the crew fed, we sent half the crew ashore for an afternoon tour of this beautiful island. The main attraction and object of our desire was the active volcano that continues to fume away and make the island continually larger. Many of the crew had the dream of hiking to the craters edge to look down into a lake of boiling lava, but fortunately for the insurance adjusters this is not that type of volcano, and the active areas are off limits to the public. We did have a chance to visit the MVO (Montserrat Volcanic Observatory) where we learned about the explosive past that this volcano has had. Over the past 25 years this volcano has had a major effect on the island of Montserrat. The destruction of their capital city of Plymouth from pyroclastic flows and clouds of ash has beset the people of this island with many challenges that they face with a friendly smile and positive attitude. With the high level of inaccessibility to this island due to its small port and lack of air service, we can count ourselves lucky to have the excellent opportunity to visit and tour this unique and fascinating location.
All the best to our families back home,