SEA Currents: spain
The Many Sides of Barcelona
Our first full day in the sea component of C-269 began early in preparation for “port stop exploration.” We began with a walking tour of Barcelona geographically centered around Las Ramblas, a broad, straight avenue known for its tourist attractions including a section of sidewalk cafes, flower shops, an open air market and other amenities for visitors to this Mediterranean port city. But, while all of these modern aspects of the city were certainly part of the tour, our purpose was to go back in time to the 1930s and learn more about Barcelona’s role in the Spanish Civil War and the impact of that brutal conflict on the people of this city and the region of Catalonia.
C-269, Day 1
The ship’s agent is a local professional who assists visiting ships in negotiating the complex business of being in port. Transactions relating to dockage, cargo, customs, and the delivery of fresh vegetables all pass through the agency, which in turn takes a fee for the service of organizing them. All large commercial ports require the use of such services, but even without this, going it alone would be functionally impossible in most cases. With the unique logistics and politics of each harbor, some vessels would never otherwise put to sea.
Work & Play on Board
Chief Engineer reporting in again. Sailing is lot of work, and the students and deck crew are kept busy by rolling waves, wind shifts, double-jibes, and setting/striking canvas. Equally busy are the scientists in the lab, the stewards in the galley, and the engineers doing whatever it is we do. Same can be said of Professor Dan, holding class every day, setting up lessons, and helping/motivating students to finish their projects. With all this work that you’ve heard so much about, it’s time, I think, for a look at the lighter side of this voyage.
Arrival in Cadiz
Hello faithful blog readers! First of all, thank you for your continued loyalty to the C-268 Daily Update. We at sea never really know who is reading until we return home, but we do get mild amounts of comfort knowing that our words are read by at least one or two folks (hopefully more).
Alongside in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Just a few short hours ago, we arrived with all hands on deck into Las Palmas, and with the securing of the Corwith Cramer’s dock lines to the pier we mark the end of our six-week journey that began on mainland Spain and continued on to two additional Spanish ports, a Portuguese sugar island, and finally back into Spanish territory again in the Canary Islands.
Sun and Cleaning in Cadiz
Hello everyone. This was our fifth day in Cadiz, which was an extra day. We chose to wait another day because, with flexibility in our schedule, we could easily delay our departure and wait for seas to calm down now that the wind and rain has lessened. And now, we are having our first full day of sun in Cadiz.
The Ruins of Baelo Claudia
So far, today has been yet another cloudy (and occassionally rainy) day for us in Cadiz. On the bright side, the sun has shined through every now and then as the afternoon progresses. Much like the past few days, a little rain won’t stop us today!
At 0900 this morning, we hopped on a bus and made our way down to the ancient Roman city, Baelo Claudia, located a little bit west from the Strait of Gibraltar. Baelo has long been abandoned but luckily, some its ruins have been excavated, allowing us to travel back in time to learn about this once very important Roman city.
If You’re on Time, You’re Late
Today began at 0500 for me, a welcome reprise from the standard 0420 wakeup for a steward- roughly two hours before breakfast is rung up. The extra sleep is owed to our being in port, where there is no need to maintain the same watch-schedule we hold while underway.
My first text message yesterday as we stepped off the boat and onto dry land: “LAND, SWEET LAND!!” If I had a smidge less dignity I would have knelt and kissed the ground we walked on. At approximately 1330, we officially arrived in Cadiz and felt something solid beneath our feet for the first time in over a week.
Ahoy land dwellers! Today we docked at 1045 after motorsailing into the entrance of the port of Cadiz to our assigned dock location. After we docked, B watch was on deck duty and secured the Cramer by hanging and coiling any loose lines, securing the ladder to go onto land, and hosing down the deck. The rest of the ship got prepared for lunch and looked at a number of resources that gave information on the city of Cadiz. At 1130 everyone mustered in the main salon to hear the schedule for our port stop over the next few days.