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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
November 24, 2020
Stock Island, FL (dock)
We finally boarded the Corwith Cramer today! What a relief to finally peel off our masks and meet the crew (without mentally measuring six feet every time we get near one another). After a flurry of packing, last minute emails and texts, and phone calls to family, we got on a bus from Sea Base and drove to the dock. Seeing the boat for the first time was just how we'd imagined it would be-incredibly exciting and little bit intimidating. We're going to have to learn to sail this thing! And C-295 is so ready. We not-so-gracefully dragged all of our luggage and science equipment along the dock where we were warmly welcomed by the crew. The lunch was incredible (thank you Katey and Ashley!) and we learned how the gimbled tables work (they're built to rock with the motion of the boat so our plates stay on the table and more food makes it from plate to mouth).
Going aloft was quite exhilarating. Those who wanted were given the opportunity to climb aloft and enjoy the view of the harbor. Even though the rigging flapped in the wind and the mast swayed everyone who decided to brave the heights enjoyed it. Now that we have been trained, we can climb aloft alone with the mate's permission. I know that the two of us and many others are looking forward to this once we set sail.
Tonight each member of C-295 is expected to stand deck watch for one hour. This consists of a small group (2 or 3 people), doing a boat and engine check to prepare for when we set sail. A boat check consists of checking the deck for loose rigging, loose items above or below deck, checking that the rescue boat is inflated and that all life savers are untangled and in position. A boat check also consists of a below deck portion in which we check the showers, "heads" (bathrooms), dry storage, freezer, and "reefer" (refrigerator). An engine check consists of going into the engine room (a very sweaty place) and collecting various readings and levels. It also consists of checking various other instruments along with the above and below deck generators.
- Noah (A Watch, gap year student)
- Sylvia (A Watch, Wellesley College)
To Mom, Dad, Evan, Daniel, and Grace- I hope you all have a great thanksgiving! Make sure to eat some stuffing for me and try your best to survive the next month without my sage advice and wisdom to guide you. - Noah
Mama, Papa, Lulie, and dear friends-I am so excited to share bits of our journey with you via this blog! I feel so much gratitude for all the love and well-wishing I received from you (especially over the past few days!) and I feel full to the brim. Much Love, Sylvia
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.