SEA Currents: Mar 2015
March 26, 2015
If I have learned anything from being in college its two things: The first is that sleep is a very valuable commodity which I never get enough of and second, college students are a special breed of individuals. It shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise to my classmates and myself that as our time together comes closer to an end, so to would our due dates come catapulting into our realities. Although it should have come as no surprise, there certainly was a great amount of surprise amongst this salty band of collegiate sea dogs when our due dates where announced.
March 26, 2015
After a few exciting days in the beautiful country of New Zealand, we are now under way and headed to our first stop, the Chatham Islands. Together we have traveled to the other side of the planet (with FAR too many mishaps…), explored foreign places, hiked great peaks, and so much more. However, the time has come to set sail into the South Pacific.
March 25, 2015
“Why is there a towel covering the compass?!” was the first question I asked upon arriving on deck for my afternoon watch. “Oh, we’re sailing solely by the wind today!” exclaimed Sean, “Pretend the Cramer is a little boat, and use your little boat skills to move her.” I laughed at the analogy of the Cramer as a Boeing 737 and a little boat as a puddle jumper popped into my head. I relieved Allison at the helm, and was told to steer a close reach.
March 25, 2015
Greetings from Lyttelton, New Zealand! Twenty four S258 students and one Visiting Scholar joined the ship’s company this afternoon and have spent the last several hours learning their way around the Robert C. Seamans, settling into their bunks, and enthusiastically meeting the professional crew.
March 24, 2015
We all knew that this trip would sail by soon before we were ready for it to. But now, with only days left, I find myself filled with an overarching sense of bewilderment that my study abroad experience I have been looking forward to since high school really, is coming to an end. Though I know that my shipmates and I are only embarking on our own lifelong adventures, I can’t help but feel melancholy knowing that this special dynamic created by each vital individual will never exist again, come March 30th.
March 23, 2015
I awoke to the “two, six, heave” of B watch hauling away on sails so I grabbed my video camera and headed on deck. I followed the watch for a couple of hours recording their every movement, even Nicole as she was the junior engineer doing all sorts of mechanical and dirty work with Tanner, the ship’s engineer. Just as the Junior Watch Officer (JWO) phase continues, so too does science continue.
March 23, 2015
To the parents of my shipmates:
Spring is just now touching the Hudson Valley, where I just arrived, after enjoying the privilege of spending three weeks with the students and crew of C257. My seventeen year old twin boys greet me with hugs, which is about the best thing anyone can ask for when they’ve been away from loved ones.
March 22, 2015
Today marks the beginning of the third and final phase of our voyage, the JWO (Junior Watch Officer) phase. What this means is that the mates who have typically led the students in their Watches over the past few weeks will turn over command to the students. Every Watch a student will be assigned as JWO for their allotted time period and must lead their watch group in sailing the Cramer and keeping the ship and her crew safe.
March 21, 2015
I usually make my way to the grocery store to buy food for myself or for my apartment, so from 1 to 4 people. But I have never been asked to buy enough vegetables and fruit to feed 33 people. Becky, Lillian, Harmony and I headed to the bustling market this morning around 0800. We bought all sorts of grub, from lemons, to lettuce, tomatoes, to spices, to massive papayas, and to conclude a full stock of bananas that weighed 58 lbs which was quite ‘entertaining’ to carry through the busy streets of Grenada!
March 20, 2015
Grenada has been delightfully welcoming!
Today we toured around the island of Grenada guided by a true professional - Mandoo Tours. We had the privilege to visit an amazing, working spice factory (Douglaston Estate), unique hot springs, as well as a historic Friday Night Fish Fry celebration in the town of Gouyave.