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SSV Corwith Cramer Blog

The Corwith Cramer is currently hauled out at Rockland Marine Shipyard. She will board the students of C237 on October 12 bound for St. Croix.

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Rockland Yard

September 26, 2011

During our yard period in Rockland, the deck crew of the Cramer carries out a variety of maintenance projects.  Special projects each year include rigging replacements, painting of areas that are in need of a touch up, and inspection of various areas of the ship. These projects take a lot of planning and time to carry out, but we are careful not to forget the routine maintenance of the ship either.  Here you see yardworker Kevin Murray aloft on the foremast, lowering a block for routine service.  Each yard and turnaround, we take several of the blocks from the rig, clean out the old grease and rust, and grease the block up again so it is ready for another year of work.  In other areas, several of our crew have been hard at work sanding, varnishing, and painting below decks to make the main saloon and aft accommodations look beautiful.  In our “spare time” we have been making baggywrinkle, the traditional, fuzzy chafe gear that keeps sails from chafing on the wires of the standing rigging.  All in all, the whole of Cramer’s deck crew is hard at work getting the boat ready for students and another trip south.

—Rachel Greenough

Photo Credit: Emily Carruthers



Rockland Yard | Video Blog

For over 20 years, the Corwith Cramer has finished every summer with a trip to Rockland, ME home of Rockland Marine Shipyard.  She spends about a month each fall undergoing general maintenance, repairs and improvements to the rig, hull, machinery and scientific equipment.  This multi-week “yard period” of concentrated work on the vessel allows SEA crew members and shipyard personnel to undertake bigger projects than can be managed in the handful of days between student programs through the rest of the year.  It also allows the crew to give the hard-working Cramer their undivided attention, getting her ready for the coming year of academic programs and students.  Every two years, the Cramer is “hauled out” to allow a thorough inspection, cleaning and re-coating of the ship below the waterline.  At the conclusion of this year’s yard period, Cramer will “splash” again with a freshly-tarred rig, newly-painted hull and well-scrubbed decks, ready to sail from New England to the Caribbean with class C237.