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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

March 10, 2017

Amidst Ever-Changing Plans

Elizabeth Phillips, A Watch, Whitman College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Colonel Sterling (in the blue collared shirt) discussing plants with members of the SEA community.

Ship's Log

Current Location
entering the port of Santiago de Cuba

Ship’s Heading & Speed
010 degrees True, 7.3 knots

Sail Plan
anchor in Santiago de Cuba tonight!

hot and sunny, moderate sea and wind conditions

Souls on Board

Hello!  I write to you after just finishing up class as we are entering the port of Santiago de Cuba-so excited to be here!  I think many of us are. But getting here, and the exact plan, has been ever-changing.  As Chris, Jeff and Craig keep saying, interacting with Cuba means being flexible and adaptable to the circumstances and permissions they give us.  For example, our scientific sampling has come to a halt as Cuba has not given us research clearance, which is something Cramer and SEA Semester was granted last year.  But all is still well. We are going to Cuba after all! 

Getting out of Jamaica just 28 hours ago also proved to be a feat amidst ever-changing plans.  Being in Port Morant meant being docked on the Jamaican Coast Guard base.  This dock was very close to shore-10 feet maybe-and therefore quite shallow water.  Thus, we kinda went aground-oops! At low tide we rested on the bottom for a few moments. But thanks to our trusty mates and Captain, and a rising tide, we freed ourselves and off we went.  Another unexpected yet remediable circumstance.

One thing we have done in the past 24 hours that went according to plan was our port stop debriefs.  Port stop debriefs happen during class shortly after we leave a port, and every student has 3 minutes to discuss what they learned about their respective research project while ashore.  I really enjoy this time, as it provides numerous lenses of analysis to the same experience.  For example I, like everyone, heard about Maroon music from Colonel Sterling (a Maroon leader we met with on our field trip to Moore town) but did not take away the same things as Will, who is studying music in the Caribbean, did.  So when Will shares what he learned, I am able to better contextualize and understand what I observed and learned during my time at port.  Personally, it's a great system! 

Anyways, off to watch our entrance to the port of Santiago de Cuba-apparently there's a really cool fort?  Excited to find out! 

- Elizabeth

And hello again fam, thinking of you-love you!!

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