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SEA Currents: Oct 2015


October 27, 2015

Tarring the bowsprit

Mairin Wilson, B watch, Middlebury College

SPICE

Today 3rd Mate Kevo had me tar the rigging on the bowsprit. I wanted to make a bracelet out of line, and I had to give back to the ship before I could take from it. So this afternoon, I filled an old Sriracha bottle with tar, put on gloves and headed onto the bowsprit (the net on the front of the boat). Tarring the bowsprit involves rubbing tar onto the net (rigging). The tar acts as sunscreen for the rigging, protecting it from UV damage.


October 27, 2015

Time is a Funny Thing at Sea

Sam Cooke, Eckerd College

The Global Ocean: Europe

Well looks like I chose a great time to write this blog. It’s currently 1845 ship’s time and we’ve finally hit some rough weather. At the moment things aren’t too bad with waves a little over 10 feet (3.5 meters). However, luckily for us, these waves are more long rollers that rock you to sleep rather than sharp up and downs that bash you around. I feel I echo the feelings of everyone on board when I say that I’m very glad I joined this program.

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October 26, 2015

After Every Squall comes a (Double) Rainbow

Anthea Fisher, Wellesley College

The Global Ocean: Europe

It’s just about time for first dinner seating here on the Cramer as we nearly complete our fifth (!) full day underway to Madeira. The time has flown by so far on this leg and its difficult to believe that less than a week ago we were in Cadiz finally enjoying some good weather on our extra day in port. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what day and time it is aside from knowing when your last watch ended and when your next will begin, but as the work is piling up its becoming apparent that our voyage is almost over!


October 25, 2015

Not So Lazy Sunday

Marissa Shaw, AB

The Global Ocean: Europe

Hello everyone! It was a busy Sunday aboard the Corwith Cramer. Today was a special day onboard called Staff in the Galley day where members of the staff, other than our fabulous Stewards Nick and Sarah, take a crack at running the galley throughout the day. Craig started the day off strong with delicious pancakes, followed by a glorious morning snack of soft pretzels brought to fruition by Sailing Interns Molly and Kit.


October 24, 2015

Bye Bye Fiji

Avi Vigdorchik, A Watch, Muhlenberg College

SPICE

After a couple of days in the beautiful city of Suva, Fiji, it is time to hit the road again; or in our case the waves. But, there is still so much to be done before being able to leave. In a matter of hours, the ship must transform from a land laden boat to a salty sea ferrying vessel. Headed out into the vast blue unknown, we need to rid ourselves of that which is not useful.


October 24, 2015

Underway Again

Laura Cooney, Second Assistant Scientist

The Global Ocean: Europe

Getting underway for the third time now, everyone has slipped back into the familiar routine of sea watches like a fish to - well, water. The transition back to sea after a long port stop can sometimes be rough as we all struggle to re-gain our sea-legs, but thankfully we’ve had gentle breezes and calm seas to help ease us back in. After a sedate dawn watch this morning, while the Cramer ambled along at a leisurely two knots under a giant white swath of squares’ls, a few students excitedly suggested that they were hoping we might encounter some “sportier” conditions.


October 23, 2015

Thoughts from the Aft Cabin

Elliot Rappaport, Master

The Global Ocean: Europe

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) transmits navigational data between ships, allowing them to see one another as little boat-shaped icons on a screen, sometimes as much as a hundred miles away. Ship names in prosaic boldface text occupy the space next to each vessel on the plot. The cruise ship “MSC Splendida”, bound for Malaga. The merchant vessel “Eide Wrestler”, for Algeciras. The “Interlink Levity”, for who knows where.


October 23, 2015

From Flamenco to Squares!

Josh Reed, Colby College

The Global Ocean: Europe

Today marks the first full day back at sea. After a brief delay in Cadiz, we are en route to Medeira! Before I dive too deep into talking about today, I want to back track a few days to our night out in Cadiz last Tuesday. After a long day venturing through a city thousands of years old, we came back to the ship to ready ourselves for the evening in the city. With everyone looking great and ready, we left the Cramer around 2030 for the journey into old Cadiz to enjoy a Flamenco performance.

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October 23, 2015

An Unforgettable Traditional Experience

Rob Kozloff, B-Watch, The University of Vermont

SPICE

What a journey it has been. Life aboard the Robert C. Seamans has been a truly enriching experience for us all. The past few weeks have been filled with demanding labor, hearty laughs and some adverse weather. But alas! Fiji. Just three days prior, Suva welcomed us with rugged green mountains, idyllic beaches, and castaways defining the term paradise. Paradise it has been, as students and crew members have had time to unwind from life at sea.


October 22, 2015

Exploring Suva

Kelvin Chen, C watch, Amherst College

SPICE

When the U.S. Exploring Expedition anchored in Fiji in 1842, the men aboard paced nervously, for they knew what waited for them beyond the seductive, white sand beaches; cannibals. Fiji (known then notoriously as the cannibal isles) was home to some of the most savage man-eaters in the Pacific whose appetite for human flesh was matched only by their prowess in war.


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