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October 21, 2020

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October 21, 2020

Into the Fog

Yoela Zimberoff, C-Watch, Reed College


The last 24 hours have imbued our lungs with fog, transcending our existence to an alternate dimension that exists outside of time and space. With waves that melt into hazy sky a few feet away, we could be anywhere.

October 20, 2020

A Whaley Good Day

Lucia Snyderman, A Watch


Today was my favorite day so far on the SSV Corwith Cramer! I was woken up at 5:30 to start my day as steward. I cooked and baked a lot of yummy things (with help from Adam and Katey).

October 19, 2020

From Boot Watch, to Buff Watch, to Best Watch…

Megan Deevy, B Watch


Life on the Corwith Cramer is unlike a life I have ever lived before. It is an adventure every day, with something new being thrown at us hour by hour, and we have only been here for 10 days. A big part of being on this boat is the watch rotations, because that is what our lives revolve around. B watch’s first full watch was dawn watch (01:00-0:700).

October 17, 2020

Music, Oh how we missed you

Harrison Reeves, C watch, Purdue University gap year student


Everyone is starting to get more and more comfortable aboard the Cramer.  Watch routines are starting to feel normal, which has everyone feeling less stressed.  Last night we had a gale pass through with some rough winds and heavy rain.  Dawn watch had to deal with most of the effects.  After the gale moved through the sky cleared up and led to a beautiful day.  Today was also our first Field Day!!

October 16, 2020

Thankful for Thankless Work

Logan Stouse, B Watch, Pomona College


Life on the deck of the Cramer involves a lot of what some might call thankless tasks. Today, as we tacked around the end of Martha’s Vineyard, we had to strike the two stays’ls very quickly. B Watch, along with some miscellaneous folks that happened to be on deck, was confronted with a blur of muscle work

October 15, 2020

Offshore for Shore

Aidan Young, A Watch


Hello to everyone reading this blog. It’s been a long, beautiful 24 hours on the Cramer. Just about a day ago I was settling into a beautiful Evening Watch—1900 to 0100. On lookout and the helm, I got a pretty excellent view of a full night sky.

October 14, 2020

A cornucopia of marine life

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist


Today was special, and most onboard would say, that is an understatement. Of course memories are short.  The day started off a bit rough.  We were motor-sailing in some rolly, confused seas.  The galley lost a bunch of eggs in one of those rolls and first sitting breakfast ‘only’ had bagels, fruit and bacon to start the day.

October 13, 2020

Into the Piloting Practice Waters

Craig Marin, Assistant Professor of Maritime Studies


On our fourth day in program we are taking advantage of our proximity to shore to work our way up into a protected anchorage that should look very familiar to students (at least as they gaze at the chart in the pilot house). This river and its entrance were key elements in one of their piloting exercises on shore. Now they can see how the channel, the landmarks, and the navigational aids look in person.

October 12, 2020

A Tale of Two Watches

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist


What a difference a day can make.  That saying comes to mind as I reflect upon the past 24 hrs while comfortably sipping my afternoon tea as students prepare for a swim call.  That most certainly was not the scene onboard Cramer just 12 hours ago when salt spray was lashing across the deck in the middle of the night and students were bundled up in their foul weather gear!

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