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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
March 10, 2014
Hello! This is your Third Mate Kevin Murray signing in. The Corwith Cramer has made its way to Admiralty Bay, Bequia as of 0800 today. There was a lot of great sailing between Tobago Cays and Bequia. Being on the Caribbean side of the lesser Antilles we really got to see what Cramer could do! I am the watch officer for A Watch and it was amazing to see how much my watch and all the crew have come along! On our dawn watch (0300-0700) we gybed 3 times as we worked our way to windward for our approach to Admiralty Bay. Everyone knew right where to go for every sail evolution and it all went very smoothly.
March 09, 2014
Hello world! We are underway again for a quick jaunt to Bequia, our next port stop. Last night we enjoyed some singing and guitar strumming on the quarter deck followed by one-hour anchor watches throughout the night. This morning we split into port and starboard watches after breakfast and took turns visiting the Tobago Cays beach and snorkel spot. Our Chief Scientist, Chuck Lea, reminded Captain Elliot that they visited this same spot when Elliot was a SEA Semester student just a few years ago (ok, maybe more than a few).
March 08, 2014
Dear families and friends: ahoy! Today we were lucky enough to reach another beautiful spot of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Less than 10 nautical miles NE of Union Island, the Tobago Cays are a set of small islets surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. It is said to be a stupendous snorkeling spot a rumor we will investigate in person tomorrow. The ships company worked hard to earn their time in such a beautiful anchorage. This morning, students and crew alike dived head first into field day an intense, two-hour cleaning of the entire ship thats filled with sponges, music and candy.
March 07, 2014
Today we reached our second port stop, Union Island. It was nice to go ashore today and to still know that we all have our land legs after over yet another week at sea. It took the Cramer a few tries to anchor in the harbor this morning, but third time is the charm. Due to the delay in anchoring the ship, field day has been pushed back until tomorrow. Field day is when all hands split up tasks and complete a thorough cleaning of the ship. After the anchor was set it was time for an all hands meeting on the Quarter Deck. A surprise was in order to celebrate Jesss birthday.
March 06, 2014
This is so exciting! We are about to sail into port at Union Island sometime soon, and it is so nice seeing land. However, I do like being out on the ocean and just seeing the vast blue of the horizon. One of my favorite times is during the night watch, looking out into the stars. A watch is getting pretty good at naming constellations and navigation stars thanks to guidance of our mates, scientists, but especially our sailing intern Gabrielle (Gabs not Gabby). One my favorite constellation stories that Ive heard from her is a Polynesian folk tale.
March 05, 2014
Over the past 3 weeks our crew has sailed over 1000 miles, fought through weather, become a cohesive unit and have collected boatloads of scientific data (no pun intended). Needless to say if there were ever a place on earth to conquer fears and obtain interesting/relevant skills it is almost certainly on a scientific research vessel in the middle of the Caribbean. That being said today happened to be one of the more exciting days, because
2 students and I learned how to climb the masts.
March 04, 2014
March 03, 2014
After a night of motorsailing, the silence of simply sailing is refreshing. We are under the four lowers with the JT, but there is a new sail set, called the fisherman! It is difficult to set up and only used in light winds. The excitement has been high because it is the first new sail that we have set. Also, today Chuck made the announcement that we have entered tropical waters! Woot!
March 02, 2014
Greetings from the engineering department aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer! Its almost 2300 and the ship is as alive as ever. A Watch is in the process of taking the deck from C watch, and the entire ship is humming in tune with our throaty Cummins diesel. You can feel the rumble in your feet, your ears, your chest: motorsailing! We‘d probably all prefer to straight sail whenever possible, but it sure is pleasant to fall asleep to the deep vibrations of the main engine.
March 01, 2014
Hello from the SSV Corwith Cramer, currently in the Eastern Caribbean!
On this lovely first day of March, 2014, we find ourselves about two day out of our first port-stop, and the ship’s company has quickly adjusted back into life at sea. The sun is high and bright and the waves are rolling past the port-hole in front of me as I write this. I’m hot and tired, but in a satisfactory kind of way.