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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

March 19, 2017

A Banner Cramer Day

Marissa Shaw, 3rd Assistant Scientist

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Staff Gybe pc: Jeff Schell

Ship's Log

Current Position
23° 26.1’ N x 079° 34.4’ W

Sail Plan
Anchored off of Cay Sal, Anguila Cays, Bahamas. Clear sky with stars abound.

Souls on Board

Greeting from the Bahamas once again loyal readers!

Today was a day aboard the Cramer that one dreams about.  It started with me and the rest of C Watch at 11:30 with a watch meeting on the doghouse top amidst a beautiful sunny Caribbean morning.  We all shared our high tide and low tides for the past week, gave out beads as special acknowledgements of good deeds, and then had time for reflection.  Sophie our resident violinist was kind enough to accompany this reflection time with some lovely music. Me, Maddy, and Cooper chose to lie down and silently reflect, James and Squirrel used the time to silently draw, and Sara sat quietly listening to the music.

It was a somewhat rare opportunity to just slow down and reflect, to not worry about the work that needs to be done or the next thing on the To Do list, but to rather enjoy the moment for what it was, and I have to say I shed a tear.  This will be my last trip sailing for a while, and the peace that overcame the 20 minutes or so it lasted, and the view from where I was lying down, with the shadows of the rigging on the Mains’l, was an experience that reminded me how lucky I am to have spent the last 3 plus years doing this.

Following lunch, C watch took the deck and the lab, and worked together to get us headed back into Bahamian waters for a late afternoon Neuston tow that followed class.  It’s an exciting time for staff in Phase III as we witness how far the students have come, and how much they now know about the ship and its operations. With the light winds we conducted a rare Neuston under the 4 lowers and the JT and then Captain Chris let us know due to our fast paced sailing over the past few days we were going to anchor up for the night in another new place! So we pulled in the net, and fired up the Iron Pony and made our way to the anchorage.  Overall it was a wonderful afternoon watch, and a wonderful day aboard the Cramer.  So thank you Neptune and the weather for giving us a glorious day and so far gorgeous night!

- Marissa

P.S Hugs and love to Mama, Papi, Chich, G&G and Gil and the whole EA clan, and to all those Down Under! Erin, I hope Morocco is great, and Chris congratulations on graduating Basic in a few days (I hope you got my postcard from Cuba!!!)

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#1. Posted by Farah Chandu on March 22, 2017

I have been so enjoying following your adventure vicariously!  Thanks again for sharing.  I am singing Peter Mayer’s anthem “Blue Boat Home” in my head every time I read an update.

#2. Posted by Marybeth Shaw on March 22, 2017

Shout out to Ra from EA!
So very happy to read your Blog & Maddy’s - well timed as you alI enjoy your final days at sea.  I can’t wait to see you and the Mama Cramer Crew in a couple of weeks - Be safe, have fun & soak it all in!

#3. Posted by Dora Shaw. on March 24, 2017

Wishing you calm seas and warm winds for your journey home. It has been fun vicariously sailing with you via your blogs. A whole new adventure beckons as you resume your studies. I know the next phase of your life will be challenging and enjoyable. Wishing you well in all you do.
Much love Grannie..



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