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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

October 15, 2016

A Ship Full of Crew

Tanner N. Tillotson, Chief Engineer

The Global Ocean: Europe

The crew up on the bow, watching Gibraltar pass by

Ship's Log

Description of location
Almost to Cadiz!

Ship Heading
030° psc

Ship Speed
5.0 kts

Sail Plan
Motoring into Cadiz harbor

Souls on Board

There's nothing like a full ship.

Although, I suppose I should note that Corwith Cramer, currently, is not actually full - we have two unoccupied bunks in the main salon, two unoccupied bunks in "squalor", two bunks soon-to-be-occupied by our scientific observers from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and two fold-out bunks that we're not currently using in "Jake's corner".

So I'll rephrase.

There's nothing like a ship full of crew.

At the right time of day, or sometimes evening, there are people in every corner, talking, working, playing games, playing music.  Light peeks out from behind bunk curtains as crew read in their tiny fortresses of solitude.

On deck, the watch officer manages their deck crew to handle myriad tasks: navigating, checking the boat, watching for other boats on the horizon, handling sail, watching the weather.  In lab, eyes peer into microscopes and prepare samples, when not preparing equipment for another deployment.

The galley bustles, creating food for the hungry crew, washing dishes, planning meals.

In the Engine room, Mike and I work our black magic, incantations and dark machinations to satisfy the Engineering deities.  Also, we make buy lists to send to the home office.

All together, a crewed ship creates a complex organism that is unlike any other, that grows as the crew learns and as each crew member becomes more proficient in their duties, the work of the ship happens faster, better, more reliably, and after six weeks, the ship can do things it couldn't do before.


A quick shout-out to all the usual suspects.  Hope to see you all soon!

Categories: Corwith Cramer,The Global Ocean: Europe, • Topics: c269  life at sea • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by Rose Sword on October 18, 2016

Tanner - am so appreciative of this particular column and the knowledge you are CE. Keep up the good voodoo.
Rose S



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