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Current position of the SSV Corwith Cramer. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the tools, top right, to change the map style or view data layers.

SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer



Domino’s Pizza

Erin Cody, Burlington High School
Ocean Exploration

Molly, Carolyn, and Erin relaxing on the Bowsprit between watches

Ship's Log

14°29.8’N x 055°09.2’

Description of location
Transition zone (!!), many waters, zero land

2142.5 nm

180° per steering compass

4.50 knots

Weather / Wind/ Sail plan
Sailing under 4 lowers (single reefed main, mainstay’sl, forestay’sl, and the jib), ExS wind, force 4, 2/8 cloud coverage, 28.8°C

Souls on Board

Out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Domino’s pizza delivery does not exist. Thinking of civilization back on land is weird. The concept of green pine trees lurk into my mind and then the reminder that I very well may be greeted with snow when I return stuns me, forgetting that was still a thing. As I stand bow-watch and gaze into the dark twilight of the night, I try to recall my life before this. No routine, no set schedule, no meal times, no daily clean/field days and no wake ups. What am I going to do when Saturday rolls around and the Mung are taking over?  Or when I look up at the sky at twilight ready to shoot some stars and I don’t have a sextant handy? I am always wondering about life before this, and most importantly life after. In a short 7-days’ time, this will all be a memory.

This thought often creeps into my head as I am steering at the helm, I see the beautiful gradient colors of the sunset, and the few dim light stars that pop out and litter the sky, and let out a sigh of fulfillment. This thought also coincides with feelings of panic and confusion. As also in just a weeks’ time, we will all be exposed back into the big wide world. Where staring at cell phone screens while you are out at lunch with your friends is normal, along with not scraping your dirty dishes with a spatula into a food bucket after every meal. These things will take some time to re-adjust to, as I can just picture myself sitting at my kitchen table at home and tensing up at the thought of it hitting my legs.

I find with great pride that this journey has made me appreciate everything I have, and to understand all the daily privileges that I breeze over back on land. A toilet that flushes with a flip of a switch, an automatic dishwasher, a queen size bed, a room that doesn’t smell like dirty laundry and rotten shoes (ok maybe all of them except the last one), are all listed under the category of glanced-over privileges that I used to experience back at home. Being literally in the middle of nowhere is only an experience that will be best described by living it yourself. The daily pigmented drinks over meals, feeling the refreshing ocean breeze pushing your hair the second you step outside, the 6 meals a day (how does she do it!?), and the blissful sound of Kim’s sweet singing along with the ringing of the triangle signaling meal times. However, most of all, I will miss the accompaniment of my fellow shipmates and crew. The past three months I could always rely on hearing Mercer’s wonderful laughter, Rachel’s sweet nurturing grandma voice, Celine’s lovely wakeups, Erik’s theatrical voice, Carolyn’s music choice and Molly’s homework help.

I often find myself making tea, and reliving through how my mom makes her morning and nightly cups. I look at my dirty laundry pile in my bunk (in which case I look at all of my belongings) and think of my weekly overfilling hamper in my room back at home. I look at the pasta served for dinner and smile at the memory of my little brother eating this for every. single. meal. I am extremely lucky and grateful to have obtained these feelings of liberty, independence, and immense knowledge through this program. The daily routines make every person feel as though they have a duty, purpose, and play an important role on this ship. Most of all, it has allowed me to open up my mind to new things and close it to old, unimportant things. Taking on leadership roles such as JWO/JLO, is something I could have never imagined myself doing before this.

Being exposed back into the industrialized metamorphic world will take some getting used to. I often wonder what all the new trends and fads will be when we return. I’ll have to readjust to the usual sleeping till 1pm and staying in bed all day watching Netflix (assuming that still exists and hasn’t been overcast by a new and upcoming platform …?). I am excited for the future, to watch my 12 friends head off into their own directions and flourish, for myself to continue to grow and to create as many memories as I can, and especially, for the future SEA Semester group of students who get the chance to experience this.

Have a lovely morning/day/evening/night, wherever this finds you,

- Erin

P.S I hope this finds everyone back at home well, love you Mehroz, Mom, Tina, Brendan, Graycelee, Allison, Emily, thinking of you every night in my dreams

P.P.S Happy Birthday Raven!

P.P.S. Hi to Craig!!

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Ocean Exploration, • Topics: c275  life at sea  leadership  study abroad  sailing • (0) Comments
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