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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

October 28, 2019

Banana Bread and Knots

Liam Carroll, C Watch


Above: Flying fish take off. Below: Calm waters in the Sargasso Sea; typical view from the bow sprit; .

Ship's Log

Present Location
026° 56.8’ N x 057° 02.3’ W

Ship’s Heading, Speed and sail plan
190°T, 2.4 kts, Mainstays’l, Course, Raffee

Beaufort force 4, winds out of NE x N, fair winds blue skies

Souls on board

Day 18:  Another beautiful day here aboard the Cramer in the sub-tropical convergence zone of the Atlantic Ocean.  Today, students spent time learning the ropes of whipping, seizing and eye splicing for our Nautical Science class this afternoon.  This morning in lab, members of A Watch spent time assisting in lab with the first hydrocast deployment of our voyage.  The hydrocast is a large cylindrical instrument that measures different levels of chlorophyll-a, pH and phosphate at varying pressures and depths in the ocean.  The instrument today sent out 1000 meters worth of wire down below and recorded 12 different samples of the three main nutrients in the water column.  Another glimpse into our awesome Monday came from the two goddesses in the galley alongside their trusted sidekick Fred who served today as assistant steward. Their banana bread this morning was simply scrumptious. As Halloween approaches who knows what might happen with those pumpkins on the foredeck.

Apart from today’s fun, it has felt like just yesterday since the nine of us found ourselves on Dyers Dock in Woods Hole, MA ready to embark on a journey we will surely remember for the rest of our lives.  I can remember that first night, trying to wrap my head around the 8 foot by 4 foot cubicle that I know refer to as my bedroom.  The first few days were tough, unsure of what was to come out in the open ocean.  Yet, as we departed the Sakonnet River on the 16th, it became apparent that we were all filled with the same excitement and curiosity as to what was to come.  Now, as we embrace those feelings of excitement and curiosity in the middle of the open ocean surrounded by teachers and friends who value those same emotions, it truly inspires everyone on board to pitch in and do their part.   

In conclusion, it has been an incredible experience living on board the SSV Corwith Cramer these past few weeks with 30 other shipmates who each bring their own smile, knowledge and curiosity to the quarterdeck.  As we now continue south towards Dominica, I hope for us all to continue to keep learning from each other.  We are roughly 723 nautical miles from Dominica bearing 199°T. Hopefully at 100 miles per day, this will land us in the Caribbean next Tuesday.  Thank you all for taking the time to read and hopefully next blog I will have updates as to how our non-instrument run south went.  This portion of the cruise track requires us students and crew to use celestial and Polynesian navigation to find our bearings without the use of our compass and RADAR systems.  Thanks again for the read and hope all is well back home.

All my best,
Liam Carroll

Thanks to Mom, Dad, D and Ellie for all that you do and your support.  Miss you all and love you guys.  Shout out to Mr. Urmston back in the maker space and the observatory, hope all is well under the mountain up north.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Atlantic Odyssey, • Topics: c288  gap year  life at sea  sailing • (9) Comments
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#1. Posted by Peter C on October 29, 2019

Look forward to reading the blog for Halloween

#2. Posted by Blair Van Brunt on October 29, 2019

Great blog post, LIam! And beautiful photos!

#3. Posted by Beth Appleton on October 29, 2019

Hey Liam!  Sounds amazing so far! It is snowing here in CB, and COLD. Not sure I am ready! I look forward to reading more of your posts! Sounds like you are having an awesome time. Your mom let me know you guys hid out in Little Compton during that storm. My father grew up there on those waters, sailing, fishing and water skiing, and I spent lots of time there many years ago - a beautiful and favored spot of mine! XXOO

#4. Posted by mama pen on October 29, 2019

LeeeUmmm!!!  So great to read your post and see these extraordinary photos from your journey! Love hearing from all of your shipmates each day.  When I looked at the location this am of the CC it looked as though you are almost on the same latitude as Eleuthera! Smooth sailing to you for the next 723 nautical miles! Hoping the Halloween fairy arrives with a few chocolates to share and some pumpkin nibbles.  We miss you and love you tons! Snowing in Alta….

#5. Posted by Ben Urmston, W-165 on October 29, 2019

Liam!  Thanks for the shout-out and the wonderful writing!  You brought me right back to being on deck (I was a C-watcher), doing my sextant sightings, checking the log for someone doing the hourly, lowing equipment over the side, and all the rest.  20 years later, it sounds like the ship, the crew and the ocean are still doing what they do best!  Keep an eye out for Rigel.  One of my favorite stars.  Fair winds and following seas!

#6. Posted by Amey Flavin Simonds on October 29, 2019

Wow! What a journey!  Great photos Liam!!  Love to see more.. safe travels!!

#7. Posted by Astrid on October 30, 2019

Very interesting blog post and amazing pictures - my love to Fred the sidekick

#8. Posted by Pops on October 30, 2019

Dear Souls on board:

Thanks for the vicarious thrill your dispatches provide! Your commitment and actions on behalf of the ocean, science, the ship, your shipmates and selves are inspiring. Edward Abbey said, “sentiment without action is the ruination of the soul.” Based on what you have all recounted in the blog, C-288 is a very soulful crew indeed.

Liam, loved your writing and descriptions of life on board. You are all making a real contribution and getting a full breath of adventure in the bargain. Best of luck with your sextant and celestial navigation. Amazing photography in your entry !

Love Dad
P.S. It’s dumping in Little Cottonwood Canyon!! Curious about the fate of the pumpkins on the fore deck. Render unto the galley !

#9. Posted by Uncle Jeff on November 13, 2019

Late in catching up with this site and the daily blog, so I’m bingeing them. Yours is a fantastic journey, and it’s my privilege to see it through your eyes, and those of your crew mates. Taking a daily read on your position from here on out Liam. See you onshore!



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