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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

December 01, 2019

A Day of Necessities and Joy!

Ciara Olmstead, Mount Holyoke College


Above: Field day briefing: such enthusiasm! Below: Raising the Grenadian flag at dawn, with the island on the horizon.

Ship's Log

Port Luis, Grenada

30˚ C, mostly cloudy with intermittent rain.

Souls on board

Hi Folks! Greeting from the Corwith Cramer and Grenada. My name is Ciara Olmstead and I am a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College. I am on B Watch here on the ship, so I was not awake for our arrival in Grenada. I had been on watch from 1900 to 0100 the previous night, so I relished the opportunity to sleep in until 1030, a rare luxury. When I came up on deck after waking up, I was greeted by the lovely sight of the beautiful harbor, the luxury yachts surrounding us, and the luscious vegetation. Fun fact: The marina where we are docked is the crater of a sunken volcano!

Once we were settled into the marina and everyone was awake, we had a delicious all hands lunch that we all ate together on the quarterdeck. After that, we started the most important part of the day: field day! Field day happens once a week, when all hands are put towards deep cleaning the ship from top to bottom. Although we do chores every day, field day is an opportunity to get into areas we don’t clean throughout the week. My watch was assigned the saloon and the foc’s’l, where we scrubbed absolutely everything, from the floors to the ceilings. We finished field day around 1630.

Next, we had a short briefing for the port stop so we knew what to expect in terms of shore rules and expectations. After this, we got our best snack so far: ice cream! This was because December 1 is a very special day: it is my shipmate Lexi’s 21st birthday! We usually get delicious snacks of fruit, cookies, or other baked goods, but this was an amazing treat. After celebrating her birthday, we moved to preparing for the reef snorkels on December 3. This included assembling the photo quadrats, preparing all the sample bottles, and strategizing with my watch. This was followed by another delicious all hands meal. Finally, the best part of the day: we watched Captain Ron on the quarterdeck, an unexpected delight put together by the watch officers. Today was an amazing day and I can’t wait to explore Grenada!

- Ciara Olmstead, Mount Holyoke College

P.S. A special shout out to my mom, dad, and sister, all of whom I can’t wait to see in three weeks! Love you!

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