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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

December 08, 2017

Boats Against the Current

Erica McCaughey, C Watch, Stetson University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Picture of the Corwith Camer from our small boat during class!

Ship's Log

Noon Position
16° 42.56 N x 062° 18.90 W

Description of location
East of Montserrat

Ship Heading

Ship Speed


Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
3/8 ths Cloud Cover,ESE Winds at 8 Knots, Striking four lowers and anchoring at Montserrat.

Souls on Board

Today, well the part of today that was spent awake, has been nothing short of beautiful. A late night on watch calls for sleeping in past breakfast. As I write this blog, I'm sitting on the quarter deck with one rain boot on and one sneaker staring at the mountainous island of Montserrat. The skies are blue and the Caribbean Sea, even bluer. As we approached it earlier this morning, the volcano touching the clouds became detailed hills, hillier, and the bluffs, steeper. 

There surely is never a dull moment upon being on the Cramer whether that be sights, knowledge or adventure! Just yesterday Nick, Ryan, and myself were hanging out in the bow waiting for the 9 foot swells to come over the edge and splash us soaked. Later that night, I had managed to step in and spread red gooey grease all over the deck at midnight and not even know that I did until we were all sliding over the deck.  Hence, the lack of my other sneaker. And also, just a matter of fact my class just got done with our
first swim call! I'm sure my shipmates had just as fun as I did jumping off the bowsprit.  Also got a chance to watch macro invertebrate TV in the lab (it's cooler than it sounds)! It's been so fun learning and handling all the different sails and watching them soar high- a true gift when a new sail gets set.   My favorite part so far has to have been stargazing on dawn watch ( 0100-0700) and waiting for the sun to rise.

But what fun it has also been meeting the people of Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and now Montserrat. They have been the nicest people and surely make the island life seem inviting. 

And now as I wait for dinner I listen to the ukulele and wait for the mysterious 'Green Flash' at sunset. Sailboat life is where it's at! Off to go snorkeling and more coral surveying tomorrow!

Wondering what'll happen next,

P.s. Hi Family and friends!! Miss you xoxo

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Caribbean Reef Expedition, • Topics: c276  life at sea  study abroad • (1) Comments


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#1. Posted by Morgan W on December 14, 2017

Glad to hear about your adventures! We miss you here on land and at home in Alpha Xi (: can’t wait to hear about your semester!



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