SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
Setting Sail for Dominica
017° 56.6’ N x 064° 24.6’ W
Just Northeast of St. Croix, USVI
Ship’s Heading & Speed
Steering 075 PSC, 6.4 knots
Winds ESE, Force 3, Seas 2 feet, Sunny and a warm 79°
The sea voyage for program C-271, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, has now officially begun. Thirteen students from nine different American colleges and universities are now appropriately oriented to their new mobile home, the Corwith Cramer, and they all took part in the casting off of dock lines that got the ship moving out of our berth in Gallows Bay and into the Caribbean Sea. Spirits were high and there was plenty of good, hard work done by all to get our sails set and the ship properly ordered for the first leg of this voyage.
The next stop will be Dominica in the Lesser Antilles, where students will begin the on-site research associated with their individual projects and interact with the sole remaining community of indigenous people of the Caribbean islands, the Kalinago. This stop will be followed by a visit to Samaná in the Dominican Republic, Port Antonio in Jamaica, two stops in Cuba--first in Santiago and then at the Isle of Youth—and then concluding in Key West, Florida. These exciting port stops are only part of the larger academic mission for this program. Understanding the Caribbean also involves examining the marine world that surrounds these islands, and the students-turned-crew will do this as fully integrated members of the ship’s company and take on the responsibilities of mastering the safe and effective deployment of our scientific equipment and the proper management and navigation of this tall ship.
So, as we work our way eastward, we are all looking forward to fair winds, cooperative conditions for scientific deployments and the chance to visit or revisit Caribbean islands and add to our knowledge of the history, culture and place of each of these small nations in a broader regional and global setting.
Stay tuned for more details on the experiences of the crew of the Corwith Cramer during this six-week passage!