SEA Currents: c255
Past is Present
Visiting different places in Spain by boat gives us a great perspective on the diversity of this nation. In Barcelona, they spoke Catalan rather than Spanish. In Palma, they lived on island time and had villages and agricultural terraces built into the cliffs. In Cádiz, they speak with an accent that sounds like a gentle lisp, and a short bus drive inland reveals deeply colored rolling farmland and bulls with big horns. Tomorrow, we leave the dock and head for Madeira, a Portuguese island!
In the Galley
As I sit in the Main Salon, waiting to relieve Amie as the dock watch-stander at 0200, I have begun to reminisce on the events of days passed, and what an amazing adventure this has been thus far. From sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar with a flock of flamingos leaving us on our port side, to making new Spanish friends and sharing drinks and tapas together, this has truly been a once in a lifetime experience. And now I sit alone in the Main Salon, tasked with the job of writing the blog for today’s events.
This morning after a tasty breakfast of eggs and bacon, we left the port and headed to the Museum of Cadiz at 1030. We looked at artifacts from the Phoenician period dating back to 1100 BC including jewelry with intricate designs, handmade beads, and pottery. The next area in the museum was about the Roman city of Gades, which is underneath modern Cadiz, and we got to look at items that have been excavated, including a portion of the aqueduct. Greg and I have been working on a research project about the Roman remains in Cadiz, so it was really cool to actually see it firsthand and to talk with the archeologist from the University of Cadiz.
There are not many better ways to wake up on the Cramer than to French toast and the promise of CADIZ. After coming into the port in dense fog and slightly rainy but very picturesque weather, we docked around 1030 Spanish time. Everyone enjoyed a quick recuperation and shower hour before setting off for our very busy day in southwest Spain.
From the Galley and Engine Room
Bex, the Steward here. Food. I am making it and the crew is eating it at alarming rates. I have had the honor and privilege of having student assistants in the Galley with me during this transit helping me slice, boil and bake. On one of the first days with an assistant, Maggie told me that she was happy that I had someone in the Galley with me. When hearing this I assumed that she was glad that I had help, I was wrong. She told me it was because she could hear me singing the same Taylor Swift song to myself over and over again at 0400 and felt bad about how lonely I must be
Rock of Gibraltar
This blog entry comes to you from the Eastern Atlantic! The SSV Corwith Cramer made the highly anticipated passage through the Strait of Gibraltar today. Though it was hard to say goodbye to the Western Mediterranean we are very excited to become well acquainted with new waters.
B watch was awakened at 0600 for first breakfast. One by one we made our way to the deck to check out the weather before getting dressed for the day.
All in a day’s work
After a clear cool night watch from 1900-2300, during which we enjoyed calm waters and intermittently clear skies (perfect for learning new stars and constellations taught by our watch officer, Scott), we were awakened at 0600 by B watch for breakfast and our next watch that began at 0700. We were given the word that our foul weather gear would be needed. It is this quick and ever changing weather that we here on the Cramer are beginning to become accustomed to. After a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs and pita bread, C-watch took the deck.
Happy Columbus Day everyone! In honor of this nautical-based holiday it seems like Neptune has decided to be especially kind to us this day. The weather has significantly improved from yesterdays gushing winds and thrashing waves, leaving only a nice light breeze and calm seas. Even the wake up at 0230 for our dawn watch from 0300 to 0700 seemed almost natural as our bodies have begun to adapt to the new routine at sea. Then again it could also be the simple fact that we have gotten better at throwing our bodies out of our bunks upon hearing the soft calling of those on watch or the anticipation to see what new poem Chuck has in store for us in the lab night orders.
Adventures at sea
At 0200 this morning I was standing at the helm of a 27.18 meter steel brigantine sailing vessel in the Mediterranean. My watch mates Maggie and Amie were quizzing each other on the proper order of events that need to occur in order to set and strike different sails while our watch officer Scott was making sure all our sailing-related questions were answered and occasionally drawing our attention up to the stars. We learned that Deneb, our beloved house on the SEA campus in Woods Hole, was named after one of the navigational stars in a formation called the summer triangle.
Crossing the Hemisphere
Field Day and the Prime Meridian
Every day on the Corwith Cramer is a special day, but today could have been the most exciting yet. It began as a normal day does, each watch following their standing orders. However, there was a note written in the Night Order Log telling the dawn watch NOT to turn on Roxy (the galley’s trusty stove) at 0330 when she is usually “woken up.”