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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 14, 2014

C254 Blog 14 July 2014

Becca Mellema, Whitman College


Corwith Cramer with local vessels berthed in Port Vieux, Douranenez, France

Ship's Log

48° 16.8’‘N x 006° 22.4’‘W
5.2 knots
Winds from WSW, light. 100% Cloud cover

Au revoir, Douarnenez… Hello, Bay of Biscay! (For my mom, it’s pronounced: Do-are-nuh-nay. I finally figured out how to say it).

We woke up bright and early to finish dawn clean-up and to prepare our beautiful vessel for another wonderful voyage. This time, though, we were bound not for another French port, but to Lisbon, Portugal! As excited as we all were, we still had a brief moment of sorrow for the crepes and croissants we have to leave behind. They will be missed.

The Cramer left Douarnenez’s port with ease. Once we were out of the harbor, Ryan had the pleasure of watching from a comfortable seat on deck as we “rescued” him during the Man-Overboard drill, followed subsequently by a Fire drill and an Abandon Ship drill. I must say, getting into that exposure suit is getting harder and harder every time (maybe it’s because I actually kept my shoes on this time).

After that, it was pretty much smooth going under power for the rest of the day (As we learned in class, the Bay of Biscay’s winds often go against our desired course, making our use of the engine necessary at the moment until we can reach more favorable conditions). Dan and Elliot “tag-teamed” the teaching for class, with Dan covering the Bay of Biscay’s historical importance and Elliot going over high and low atmospheric pressure systems.

With everyone regaining their sea legs and a few regaining their sea stomachs (myself included), we are all set and ready to go for the long transit ahead.

Onto our next great adventure!

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Historic Seaports of Western Europe, • Topics: c254 • (0) Comments


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