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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
November 26, 2020
“Cramer! This is What You’ve Been Waiting For!”
23°58.0’N x 081°36.3’W
Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
E x S wind, speed 4 on the Beaufort scale and about half cloud coverage
Description of location
North of Cuba
Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs
“Cramer! This is What You’ve Been Waiting For!” Megan the Second Mate’s voice rings out over the students lined up to haul away on the main halyard. Her voice cuts through a fog of seasickness and dizziness, bringing momentary clarity to us students that haven’t quite found our sea legs yet. As the main sail rises, we start to realize exactly what we have gotten ourselves into. With a hearty “2,6 HEAVE!” class C-295 can cut the main engine and is officially under sail! We watch Key West disappear into the horizon behind us, ready for whatever comes next.
Happy Thanksgiving from the leeward side! Many other Thanksgivings we’ve been dreaming of gravy and pie, but today saltines have been the main menu. We set off after breakfast through the marina docks (even past an old shipwreck!) and headed south toward Cuban waters with some Portuguese man of wars (Portuguese men of war?) to keep us company.
As A watch turns over for bed and B watch prepares for night watch, we welcome more members to the ranks of the seasick squad. Between leaning over the rail and staring at the horizon line we reflect upon what we are thankful for on this, the most interesting Thanksgiving of all time. We are thankful for saltines, turkey shaped bread, our Steward Ashley and asst. Steward Katey, meclizine, ginger chews, the stars, the fans in our bunks, our harnesses, gimbaled tables and each other. The future may be uncertain for the students of C-295, but one thing we’re sure of: this is what we’ve been waiting for.
- Aria Berryman, C watch, Oberlin College
- Daniel Ethan Bernast Basa, A watch, Eckerd College
PS: To Samuel, Mom, Dad, Ninany, and the doys: I love and miss you, Thank you for this amazing opportunity and your support. Mahal Kita. To Anna, Pete, Pollo, Zach and Maddie: Thanks for always being in my corner. Love you guys.
PPS: This is my first time I can remember missing official Berryman Thanksgiving. It may not be heavenly hash and Disney songs but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! Love to the Horvaths, McGuigans, Anticolis, the Other Berrymans and extra love to my Mom and Dad <3 thank you for making this possible! Miss you guys!
Editor's Note: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, all SEA Semester students, faculty, and crew aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer boarded the ship after strictly isolating on shore, and after repeated negative tests for COVID-19. To ensure the health and safety of those onboard, the ship will not conduct any port stops and will remain in coastal waters so that any unlikely medical situations may be resolved quickly.