SEA Currents: Oct 2015
October 04, 2015
Saturday morning will be one for all of us to remember. It was a damp, cool morning in Port Vell. The thunder and lightning from the previous night subsided into drizzling rain pattering the deck above, and I may only be talking for myself, but 0600 was way too early to wake up. Part of me wanted to stay in my blankets and fall back asleep, but this morning was important. After a quick breakfast, our captain called general quarters and all hands met up on deck
October 03, 2015
My day started with Bea saying “Meredith, Meredith, its 6:54.” On the ship the off-coming watch wakes up the oncoming watch, which is actually a pretty pleasant way of waking up, even if it’s 2:50AM in the morning.
Today, we had students from the both the Maritime and Marine Science Programs at the National University of Samoa join us for a day sail. About half the SEA students stayed aboard and showed our visitors around the ship and taught them some of the sailing knowledge we have learned over the past few days aboard.
October 02, 2015
We are officially underway in our voyage! We stopped in Samoa today around 1400 after sailing throughout the night. The sail here was full of excitement and activity, so arriving into Apia port came much quicker than expected. We left American Samoa with the winds at our back and sailed with five sails set for most of the journey. I’m amazed at how much I’ve been able to learn in just over 24 hours. “Ready at the mainstaysail halyard” actually means something to me, rather than just shouting what the mate tells me to.
October 02, 2015
Today marked our fourth day aboard the Corwith Cramer and our last day in the port of Barcelona. Since first boarding the ship on Tuesday our time has been divided between training and excursions into the city of Barcelona itself. Although our training does include many aspects of sail and line handling (as well as safety drills and science) much of it has been dedicated to learning and getting accustomed to the daily routine of life aboard a ship.
October 01, 2015
Well, here we are. Every critical moment we have undergone in our preparation for SEA Semester – the lengthy application process, the thorough period of studying in Woods Hole, the exhausting trip to Barcelona – have finally culminated in what we all came here for: The Ship. I first witnessed the Corwith Cramer with my own two eyes at 8:30 am on Monday, September 28 after a long night of flying complete with a rushed trip through JFK and a lost passport scare at the Barcelona airport.