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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
March 11, 2014
C251 Web Blog - 11 March 2014
13°00.3 N x 061°14.7 W
At Anchor, Admiralty Bay, Bequia
NExE, Beaufort force 3
Hello, to everyone living in the world outside the Corwith Cramer. Today was a perfect day spent in Bequia. All of the students left the boat at 0730 this morning. After a little bit of time using wifi and getting back in touch with the outside world we went to a local fruit market had fruit including soursap, star fruit, coconut, wax apple, mango and banana. At 0900 we met Craig and Mr. Belmar for a tour of The Bequia Boat Museum and a chance to learn about Bequian history and culture.
There we learned about the Kalinago traditional way of whaling and saw four traditional handcrafted wooden boats. For those of you who don‘t know, Bequia is currently allowed to hunt up to four whales a year using the traditional means. While I still have mixed feelings about whaling I have come to appreciate the cultural importance that whaling has in Bequia. Mr. Belmar said that when a whale was spotted and the boats went out you could feel the excitement in the air all across the island. When a whale is caught everything is dropped, the island goes on holiday and everyones attention turns towards the whale. Today the two boats were out because a whale had been spotted off the coast this morning.
Following the tour I went swimming at one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen; the water was a perfect clear turquoise color with smooth white sand and behind it brightly colored houses with orange metal roofs dotted the hillside.
After a longer than expected walk back to Admiralty Bay, in which we walked four miles in the wrong direction and then had to get a taxi ride back (it was still a beautiful and enjoyable walk, with the ocean on the left, the hills on the right and goats everywhere) I enjoyed a roti and some Guava ice cream while looking over the harbor and watching some children fish. Can I stay here forever?
S, K, & M: HELLO all is still well, and I forgot my phone on the island today so talk to you tomorrow! I saw another turtle and I‘m sorry about the snow. Love, Annie