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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 29, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 29 April 2014

Gracie Ballou, University of Vermont


Lined up Along the Roof of the Fort

Ship's Log

Docked in St. Georges, Bermuda
Partly cloudy, 18°C, Winds West Force 4

Greetings from Bermuda! It’s our tenth day-no wait, our third day in Bermuda?! The students had yesterday afternoon off, some ventured away to find Wi-Fi, others explored the small town of St. George’s where we are docked. A handful of us took a taxi to Clearwater bay to explore the beaches and parks. From the center of St. George’s we caught two cabs to Clearwater Beach, which is on the other side of the bay. If you have heard anything about Bermuda it is probably one of two things: the beautiful beaches and the extremely nice people. So it wasn’’t surprising when our taxicab drivers dropped us off outside a restaurant where we became acquainted with the owner. We later met his brother who is referred to as “Chicken Lars” and makes some mean jerk chicken. For $12 he delivers half a chicken that will knock your socks off. After consuming four chicken halves beachside we napped out on the beach until it was time to leave (don’’t worry parental authorities we made sure to lather up on sunscreen first). After a well deserved afternoon of beach bumming, we headed back to home aboard the Corwith Cramer stuffed with good food, covered in sunscreen and sand (more accurately parrotfish scat).

This morning, 14 of us plus Lauren (our incredibly stupendous Steward), Alex (our enchanting engineer) and of course Amy, loaded onto the 7:45am bus to Hamilton, one of the larger cities in Bermuda. After a brief morning stop at Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) to watch a lionfish dissection we hopped on a ferry across the island to the Dockyard. Recently developed, the Dockyard was the location of the island prison and the largest fort in Bermuda. After meeting the curator for the National Museum, we were led through the fort walls into an armory where gunpowder was stored when the Bermudian fort was active. Currently the storage is used for an exhibit on shipwrecks around Bermuda, which as you can guess are ample. Coral reefs surround a good portion of Bermuda, making early sailing a bit of a challenge and the result of all these shipwrecks. Without any natives, stranded and shipwrecked sailors were the first inhabitants. In fact shipwrecks in Bermuda were so common, ships would drop hogs off for food security for future stranded sailors. As trade alliances developed into the 17th and 18th century, Bermuda became more and more important to the British and this large fort was constructed. The two drastically different rocks types found in Bermuda (one very hard, one very soft) made construction a very slow and expensive process. Years after construction begun, the fort was finally finished, just in time for the attack still waiting to come.

This on-board update has come from Gracie Ballou hailing from the University of Vermont.

P.S. to the Ballou Clan-tell Barley I say hi.

Jk-I miss and love all of you! I wish you guys were here to see everything. And to my UVM friends-congrats on upcoming graduation! I wish I could be there and I’m so excited for all of you!

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c252  port stops  bermuda. • (0) Comments


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