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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 16, 2014

A Lota Gelata

Ali Johnson, A Watch, Stonehill College

Ship's Log

Current Position
36° 50. 494’ S x 174° 45.856’ E

Princes Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand


Today was filled with information overload and lots of sunshine! We woke to another fantastic breakfast by Vickie and quickly moved into more ship orientation. I know the past two blog entries have already noted how delicious the food is here, but I feel the need to reiterate it. Sorry Mom, you may have competition but at least you don’t have to worry about me getting enough to eat! Anyways, ship orientation was a blast today! While being tied to the dock, we learned how to set and strike the jib, one of the most forward sails. It attracted quite a collection of spectators whenever it went up. I think we’re all beginning to feel a little bit like zoo animals here on the Seamans. Other highlights of orientation included practice science deployments, climbing onto the headrig (netting along the bowsprit) to furl the sail, and climbing aloft safety training. We also spent time going over all of the sails and lines needed to maneuver the ship. Needless to say, my brain is overflowing with sailor lingo.

The afternoon was spent doing field research in the city of Auckland. I went off with Kate P. and Kate M. to explore the waterfront. Kate M. is doing her Maritime History and Culture research paper on a historic building called Shed 10 on Queens Wharf. This building was originally used for ship berthing activities but is now the Auckland cruise ship terminal. Shed 10 was our first stop for the day. Unfortunately, there was no cruise ship in port and there were a limited number of people to interview around the wharf. We ended up speaking with a lady at the information desk who actually let us into Shed 10 and gave us a private tour. The building was incredible! The floors were all made of wood from the original building and the first floor was entirely lit by natural light. We learned that the solar panels on the roof provide energy for Shed 10 and the other buildings on the wharf. After Shed 10 we did some field research on the local gelato shops in Auckland.

Apparently gelato research was very important because many of the other Maritime History and Culture teams made similar stops. After interviewing a few more people and exploring the container ship port, we headed back to the
Seamans. S256 arrived home with (slightly) sunburnt faces and tired feet. Thankfully Vickie had an incredible dinner prepared for us, which some enjoyed in the sunshine on deck. Tomorrow we finally set sail!!! Weather isn’t looking great for tomorrow (rain forecast) but it should clear up fairly quickly. Keeping my fingers crossed for some more dance music to party to on watch tonight!

- Ali


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#1. Posted by Mom on November 21, 2014

Hello Miss Ali - It was awesome to see your post. Glad to hear that you were able to participate in gelato research; very important research indeed.  You sound happy and well fed - it makes my heart sing! We had our first snow in Maine. I thought of you and how much you love snow; especially the first snowfall.  Your friends and family are following Seamans S256 adventures. I hope you have adapted well to life at sea. I miss you. I love you to the moon and back a million times! Please take care of yourself.  Love (with a big hug and kiss), Mom

#2. Posted by Lee Jones on November 21, 2014

Hi Ali- I am so jealous!  What a fabulous adventure.  I hope every day is better than the last and that whenever you are in port you can continue your gelato research.  KC is very much into gelato research himself.  My daughter is doing research herself in DC, but hers is finding the perfect doughnut, although she’s been known to search out gelato as well!  New Zealand is on my list of places I’d like to see and I can’t wait to hear from you where one needs to go.  I hope you have great winds and weather.  Lee

#3. Posted by Bob on November 21, 2014

Hey kid. I hope you are taking a lot of pictures. You are in a part of the world I would love to visit. I want to hear all about your adventures and experiences. It all just sounds so exciting and interesting - make the most of it.

#4. Posted by Lee Jones on November 22, 2014

Hi Ali- I am so jealous!!  It sounds like you are having a great time.  Gelato research is very important.  KC does a lot of that wherever we go.  My daughter is conducting research of her own trying to locate the best doughnut near her new apartment in DC.  New Zealand is on my list of places I’d like to see.  After hearing about your travels I might have to add time on the water there as well.  I hope you have great sailing weather and good winds.  By the time you’re done you’ll be a sailing pro.  Have a great time!!!  Lee

#5. Posted by Jean Ginn Marvin on November 22, 2014

Hi Ali! It sounds like you are having a wonderful time! I am not the least bit surprised! My niece Jenn is here for Thanksgiving with her two little boys. She did SEA Semester when she was at Yale and she loved it! She said it was exhausting but a ton of fun. Jenn says to be sure and enjoy your disconnected times. It is quite freeing to be out of touch with the world (at least for a month or two!) Your Mom and Jenn and I are doing the Santa Hustle tomorrow morning. The race starts at 7 so we are leaving at 6, dressed in our red jackets, Santa hats and beards. We will be sure and take some photos for you to enjoy when you get home. Sending lots of love and hugs! See you before you know it! Have fun! Love, Jean

#6. Posted by Ally on November 23, 2014

Yay for gelato research! Miss you tons and sending all my love halfway around the world to you!

#7. Posted by Jody on November 23, 2014

Hey Ali B! Love reading all about your adventures over there.  We are thinking of you and hope you are learning a lot and having a ton of fun.  Ally & Ellen arrive tomorrow for Thanksgiving break - we shall toast to your adventures around the fire pit. Your gelato research sounds yummy!  Keep posting about the interesting things you are doing and the different foods you get to try.  Miss you tons!

#8. Posted by Aunt Beth on November 25, 2014

Hello dear Ali! It sounds like you and your crew friends are having the adventure of a lifetime! It is really fun to read the blog each day. I think of you so often and wish you good health, calm weather, yummy food and lots of laughs! Your Mom is traveling to MA today so we will be together for the weekend. We will miss you! We keep wondering - do you have a turkey on board the ship?(one to eat, of course!:) I am so thankful for you in my life! I love you so, so , so, so, so, so, ... much! ENJOY!!!!!

#9. Posted by Your favorite cousins (S.T.H.) on November 27, 2014


We are at Grampa’s house right now on Thanksgiving morning and it is so weird that you are not here. We miss you, but hope you are having an amazing time. Take advantage of every moment of this experience because you will be home before you know it. Bring back some good stories for us!! LOVE YOUUUUUU be safe and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do!!

Love Sarah, Taylor, and Hannah

#10. Posted by Christine, Carmen, and Evan on November 27, 2014

Hi Ali:) I hope your not too seasick on the boat! I hope you get home soon. We all miss you so much! Love ya lots:)

#11. Posted by The Black Family on December 19, 2014

Ali, Sorry it took us so long to post to you!  BY now you are probably on your way home! We think of you all the time and the girls are eagerly awaiting your return to hear all your stories from your time at sea!!  Hope we will get to spend some time catching up and that you are still booked for us New Years Eve…or another day of babysitting… LOL!

Miss you,
XOXO Kim, Dave, Sydney and Carry smile



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