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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

February 13, 2018

CCC Begins!

Sean S. Bercaw, Captain, Nautical Science Faculty

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Above: Students of Class C277 gather in the main salon and settle into their new home; Below: A-watch students Aidan, Meredith, Clare, Katharine and guest voyager Gary (left to right) enjoy learning how to wear their safety harnesses.

Ship's Log

Current Location
18° 28.0’ N x 066° 06.0’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Ship moored, port side-to, Paseo San Juan, Puerto Rico

Weather
Fresh N’easterly trade winds, periodic rain squalls, warm tropical temperatures

Souls on board

Full of positive energy and frequent smiles, the CCC (Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean) students boarded the SSV Corwith Cramer this afternoon, and our Sea Component began. The first days aboard are busy ones for the students as they're exposed to the language, etiquette culture of this new environment.  Helping the students 'learn the ropes' [they're actually called 'lines' aboard ship] are the Cramer's crew; the three mates, the three scientists, the engineer and the Steward (cook).  Whereas ashore the faculty members are the front-line teachers, aboard ship the crew takes on that role. They guide the students through the intricacy of vessel operations, from setting and striking sails to deploying scientific equipment, from conducting boat checks keeping the ship safe to working with the Steward cooking meals for 35-people while the galley is undergoing dynamic gyrations.  Once at sea even the most mundane task can take an unexpected turn; for example, if one sets a cup of coffee down, often it has embarked upon its own journey (i.e. fallen to the deck) before one returns.

Tomorrow we will capitalize on Puerto Rico's long and vibrant history with a walking tour of Old San Juan. The students will experience first-hand the magnificence of El Morro, the fort guarding the entrance to the Harbor,aware that a mere 24-hours later we will be sailing out through the shadow of this same fort, voyaging into the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.

The challenges and rewards of sailing a traditional sailing vessel over 1500 nautical miles while conducting state of the art science and visiting foreign lands awaits...  Yes, the journey has begun!

- Sean S. Bercaw, Captain, Nautical Science Faculty

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