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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 13, 2017

An Update from Belfast

Laura Rea, Procurement Officer, Social Media and Public Outreach Officer

Cramer Yard 2017

Above: Wooden model of the new galley. Below: Welders in action.

Hey everyone! The past couple of weeks in Cramer yard have been action-packed.

Engineering has some exciting news - they have finalized the new layout for the galley! Elliot has built a wooden model of what the galley will look like after yard, and get excited, because there’s an island. This wooden model will be recreated in steel and installed in the galley.

In other engineering news, the engineers have finished taking an ultrasound profile of all the steel on the ship. Now, yard is full of welders who are cutting out and replacing steel where it is needed. Our star rust-buster, Ruth, has finished rust-busting the entire windlass. As a reward for looking like a chimney sweep for two weeks, Mickey may even let her sign her name on the windlass once it’s been painted. This shouldn’t be much longer either, as the windlass has just received its first layer of paint. Elsewhere, engineers have begun laying out new electrical wiring throughout the ship and on the masts, and a brand new keel cooler will be installed soon.

The deck department’s job for the past couple of weeks has been to make the ship soulless. Deckhands can be seen reaping soles from the fo’c’sle to the galley to the main saloon. You may be familiar with the white and green speckled plastic that makes up the soles in the galley and in the forward heads. It’s called one step epoxy, and according to what I’ve heard, the epoxy was never designed to come off of the steel once applied. The experts said it could not be done, and so we gave a few deckhands some chisels and did it. After days of flying epoxy debris, the deckhands moved on to ripping up the rubber sole of the main saloon, which requires a pry bar, a hammer, a screwdriver, a multitool, a shingle ripper, and a lot of anger. Calmer deckhands have been examining, sanding, and painting all the bottle screws and shackles. They’ve constructed a ventilated tent and have hung all the rigging pieces up on lines so that they can be spray painted.

Our incredible two-person science team has been busy revamping the lab, updating the computers, and more inventory. They’ve finished rust-busting the hydrowinch, which is now getting a new coat of paint. Early this week, the scientists removed the counter from the lab, and rust-busted and grinded damaged spots on the lab house bulkhead. Currently, they are reapplying paint, and the lab will soon look as good as new.

The Cramer crew’s home life has also been busy. Last weekend, the Crosby school had its grand opening to the community. Around five hundred people came to enjoy delicious food, tour the house, listen to live music, and bounce around in a bouncy house in the front yard. Unfortunately for the SEA crew, all the recent activity has seemed to scare away Crusty the cat. We are hoping that as things start to calm down again, she will make another appearance, maybe even in someone’s bed.

Categories: Corwith Cramer, • Topics: crameryard2017 • (1) Comments


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#1. Posted by M Norman on July 15, 2017

It is amazing that my daughter is on one ship while the other is being worked on in my home town! Maybe I will get a peek while it’s here in Belfast. Hope some of you got to visit our Celtic festival this weekend!



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