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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
February 22, 2017
A Different Perspective
35nm NW of Guadeloupe
Ship’s Heading & Speed
280 psc; 2.5kts
All but fisherman and topsail
0600 Everything within me is cold. Despite the insulation that surrounds me, I can feel the lower temperatures within swaying to the tune the swells dictate. My sleep was light and infrequent and the hope of rest is a small glimmer residing into the horizon.
0615 As the people around began to stir; I know that soon my energy will be restored. We act as a positive feedback loop, constantly playing off each other to stay alert. Soon, a groggy crew member stumbles to me and I suddenly awaken. The cold does not leave me, rather is overcome by the warmth the dawn brings. My aroma stirs the last of the rebellious crew, desperately hoping that a few more minutes in a bunk would somehow awaken them further. Only I can do that.
0620 With a hiss I am finally awake. A line of the distracted and anxious for stimulation forms around me, clamoring to press my button so that I can fill their mug with the only fuel able to keep them going.
0900 I am depleted and restored continuously. Gone are the long hours of coldness I suffer through the wee hours of the morning. The coldness is replaced with emptiness, certain to be replaced within minutes by more brown brew.
1430 Although the Cramer was built in Spain, siestas are not to be taken. Instead, weary crewmembers trickle to me throughout the afternoon to stay vigilant.
2300 My short reprieve is interrupted by the watch going on duty. I am no longer hot. I exist on the fringes where lukewarm and warm intersect. My temperature does not stop them from coming to me. Few things do. This will probably be the last time I'm up until the cold morning. It's a tiring cycle I enjoy and repeat every day. Such is life for the Cramer's coffee pot.