SEA Currents: Ocean Exploration
November 20, 2018
Family, friends, shipmates, and all those else who wander by,
By the time you read this, our cruise, like those that came before and those that follow, will have reached its inevitable end. One last giant field day was taken care of, the traditional Swizzle razzled and dazzled on the last evening, and the last watches were stood.
November 19, 2018
It felt like we had been on the Cramer for months, if not years, but as the Cramer was docking at Port Louis Harbor in St. George’s, Grenada things felt different. It felt like just yesterday we left Dyer’s Dock in Woods Hole, MA.
November 18, 2018
After weeks of navigating from the North Atlantic with the stars as our constant companions and guides, it seems as though they have now been joined by a set of new constellations. As I look out from the bowsprit, I notice that these constellations remain steady and tend to exist in a linear form along the horizon, suggesting an altogether different presence.
November 18, 2018
Hearts so full of hope
Two gales can’t break our spirits
Or maybe, they can.
November 17, 2018
It feels so good to be back underway after a busy port call. Students have put their skills to the test and successfully completed the first: Operation Papa Oscar (pump out) in a series of three missions to be achieve before we dock in St. Geroges tomorrow morning. The remaining two missions are to complete a neuston tow during evening and dawn watch at designated locations.
November 15, 2018
First of all I want to special thanks to everyone at SEA semester for giving me the opportunity to have such amazing experience. It’s incredible how time has passed and now we are here, at anchor in the face of the wind. It feels like it was yesterday when I was in Woods Hole having no clue if I was going to be able to be here (I was recovering from a broken arm), but surprisingly my cast went away 3 days before this trip and that is the best thing that happened to me.
November 12, 2018
Today we were instructed to write ourselves a letter that would be mailed to us six months after the trip:
It’s been a long six months since you sailed across the North Atlantic aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, and by this point you have likely forgotten some of the finer points of that beloved journey. As I write this letter, we are cruising along on a glorious day under full sail, biding our time before our arrival in Carriacou tomorrow morning.
November 10, 2018
Upon the Corwith Cramer, community is key. There are twenty-nine of us aboard, each one equally responsible for the health, happiness, and general well-being of the others. One must always stow their gear neatly, brush their hair on deck, and bid their thanks to the day’s dish-doer.
November 09, 2018
Early November. At home frosts and cold rains, deer wandering down to the beach to eat seaweed if snow in the mountains covers their usual browse. Grey skies, and seas. Grey days.
I feel extra at home on the Corwith Cramer today as overcast skies and periodic squalls bring that early November southeast Alaska feel to the tropical Atlantic, albeit 50 degrees warmer.
November 08, 2018
For most people, I would argue that it’s not everyday one interacts with a space in which everything is in its right place and put there in a specific way. The gravity of this noticing may feel a bit heavier in light of my current living patterns (which may not be the tidiest or most organized), however, it’s become quite evident that nautical life consists of and necessitates certain relationships with the objects (especially the massive one you are living on and riding across the ocean) by which you are surrounded.