SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
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. There has been a major push to get the soles of the main saloon all painted by this weekend, so that the flooring company can come in next week and lay down some new soles! While the deck crew was down on their hands and knees, scrubbing the soles with sponges and squeegees (much in the old DC style!), they suddenly stood back and realized that they’d just revealed a large, painted “2002” on the sole, presumably from the previous time the sole had been ripped up. The Cramer is full of secrets!
Meanwhile, the science team is longing for the return of their beloved Georgie from Woods Hole. Without their fearless leader, science works glumly all day, gluing nets back together, rust-busting the lab, installing new monitor holders, and preparing the lab to get put back together. Not a single smile has brightened their faces since Georgie left.
Engineering has exciting news - the coffee maker has been repaired, and is awaiting pickup a few towns away. We’re not sure what the Cramer would do without coffee for the trip south! Otherwise, engineering has been joining the painting party! Currently, they are painting the lower engine room, so it will be ready to receive the main engine next week. They are also working on refurbishing the propeller pitch controller, which will be reinstalled soon. Aside from that, other engineers are working to tie up odds and ends - Savio is reassembling the aft shower, while Henry is working on the windlass and hydrowinch.
Our one-person carpentry team, Amy, has been working hard to get all the crew cabin doors looking new. This week, she has been removing all the doors from the ship, and applying new varnish to them.
The Crosby House is now home to a cuddly new pet! A cute little tarantula has appeared in a tank upstairs. We don’t know who is the actual owner of this delightful creature, but that’s okay, seeing as not many people would want permission to hold it anyways. As always, name suggestions are open, and we are hoping that Crusty doesn’t get too jealous of the new arrival.