Current position of the SSV Corwith Cramer. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the tools, top right, to change the map style or view data layers.
SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
Underway from Las Palmas
27° 48.6’N x 15° 15.9’W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
182° True, making 4.1 knots
Mains’l, Mainstays’l, Forestays’l, Tops’l
Partly cloudy, plentiful moonlight
Good evening from the Corwith Cramer,
We're underway from Las Palmas, bound south along the coast of Gran Canaria and then southwest among the Canary Islands. Students spent much of yesterday and today getting oriented to the ship and starting to learn the new language spoken onboard. Their training included daily routines like setting up for/cleaning after meals and checking that the boat remains safe and functioning well. Equally important, they began practicing essential skills for sailing-research vessel operations: handling lines, steering, documenting the weather conditions, setting sail, running the ship's scientific winch, and recording ever-changing oceanographic data. We practiced individual and collective responses to emergency situations, and then by mid-afternoon got off the dock to the delight of all. Within a matter of minutes, numerous sails were smoothly set - cruise C-270 was on its way!
At present, we are sailing gently under four sails in moderate winds and seas. All onboard are well, jumping right into their new roles and responsibilities, and enjoying this new adventure. Our scientific data
collection has begun, and we will conduct our first substantial station tomorrow morning - putting all sorts of oceanographic equipment over the side to determine the conditions and ecology of this location.
Student-written blogs will commence tomorrow, so you'll hear their stories, challenges and excitement very soon!
Deb & Jason