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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

February 16, 2018

Adjusting to Life at Sea

Haley Peterson, B Watch, Smith College


Above: Anna takes the helm with the assistance of Craig, Maritime Studies faculty and master helmsman; Below: Katherine and I relish in the sea spray, excited to have set sail at last!

Ship's Log

Current Location
18° 24.1’ N x 064° 34.5’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
At 1400 the mainsail had been struck and the topsail had been raised in preparation for a downwind run.

Force 3 winds coming from the North East, with seas coming from East North East at 2 feet high. Cumulus and Stratus clouds covering 7/8ths of the sky.

Souls on board

Hello all! It is hard to believe that Class C-277 has only been living on the Cramer for 4 days now; it already feels as though we have been here a lifetime-in a good way! The theme for the past few days has been adjustment, with everyone adjusting in their own time to the challenges of life at sea, including sea sickness, small living quarters, and the ever-present elements. While I have been lucky enough to have avoided experiencing any sea sickness myself (knock on wood!) some of the others onboard the Cramer have been suffering from the "motion of the ocean" as Captain Sean calls it.  Slowly but surely we are all getting our sea legs and adjusting to our new surroundings.

My first ever watch as a member of B Watch began at 1900 last night, and carried on until we were relieved by C Watch at 2300. For a first watch, it sure was a wild one! With squalls every 20 minutes, Force 6 winds, and 8 foot waves, my adjustment to deck watch had to be a fast one in order to keep up. I learned how to be at the helm steering the ship, as well as be on lookout, making sure that I alerted our mate to any storms and ships up ahead. Despite being pelted with rain every few minutes, I was still able to see one of the most beautiful night skies I have ever experienced. With the help of my mate, I was able to spot Orion, Taurus, and the Pleiades-normally at home, the only constellation I can figure out is the Big Dipper! In the distance, we could still see the bright coastline of Puerto Rico as we passed by. Before heading to bed, I made sure to stop by the galley for midnight snack, which was delicious chocolate chip cookies. As many of my watch-mates were not feeling up to the task of eating midnight snack due to sea sickness, I helped reduce any food waste by eating a few extra cookies. But don't worry; there were still some left over the next morning for anyone who had recovered from our rather bumpy night.

This morning we were treated to some nicer conditions, with almost every task made much easier by the fact that we could see where we were going! The weather and waves continued to calm down as we sailed towards the British and US Virgin Islands. During the watch from 0700 to 1300, I not only saw a pod of dolphins swimming alongside the bow, but also a whale spouting in the distance! Later, we navigated through the Narrows into the Sir Francis Drake Passage, named after the famous pirate-turned-nobleman who once sailed these same waters. The fact that we are sailing in such historic waters almost doesn't register, my mind being focused on the amazing sights we have the privilege of witnessing. I'm excited to continue our voyage and can't wait to see what the future will hold for the SSV Corwith Cramer and her fearless crew!

Don't forget to keep following our progress as my fellow shipmates continue documenting our journey through this blog!

- Haley Peterson, B Watch, Smith College

P.S. Love to Mom, Dad, Aidan, Paige, and Trevor! I can't wait to tell you all about this amazing journey when I get back!

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#1. Posted by Irma Torres on February 17, 2018

I am so proud of you. You are traveling among the same journey of our ancestors. I can not even imaging the beauty of those waters and marvelous images of our islands. God bless you my son. Cemi is doing good.
Love Mom

#2. Posted by Philip Peterson on February 18, 2018

So excited for you and your shipmates. We are all following along.
Chocolate chip cookies and dolphins sounds perfect. Oh to see the night sky through your eyes.

Love Everyone.



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