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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

October 31, 2017

Halloween comes to the Corwith Cramer

Chris Driscoll, A Watch, Stonehill College

Ocean Exploration

Costume contest winner, the banana dog (Jesse) and third place Maui (Grayson)

Ship's Log

Noon Position
30° 33.9’N x 060° 19.5’W

S. Sargasso Sea, Southeast of Bermuda

Ship’s Heading

4.6 Knots (Not currently motoring)

1,133.3 nm

Sail Plan
Jib Tops’l, Jib, Forestays’l Main Stays’l, Mains’l

Warm and cloudy day, calm sea pretty smooth sailing

Souls on Board

Happy Halloween everybody!

So where to begin so much has happened just today and it’s hard to figure out where to start. I guess I’ll start with this, today was the beginning of phase II, The Shadow Phase. During this phase, we students are given more opportunities to be put into leadership rolls. That could be anywhere from calling the striking or a setting a sail or calling a gybe (that’s a way of turning the boat, mostly used to get ready for science). Not only that but we start to lead the station calls for science. What differentiates this phase from the final phase is that we still have the safety net of the mates to ask questions to but the questions we can ask are limited. I feel like
I’m in 7th grade football again when I was limited to three questions per practice.  In this phase we will also get a three hour period during some of our watches when we shadow the mate on duty, doing all the things that they have to do on watch with them. So with a new pair of watch officers for the watch we head into the more challenging world of Phase II.

Now on to the fun part of today, HALLOWEEN! Yes today was Halloween which was pretty fun. During what is normally our afternoon class time we had a Halloween swizzle (party). There was a costume contest, games, trick or treating and pumpkin carving; everything and anything needed to make Halloween a great day. One of the games that we had on deck was the heaving line toss, the objective: to toss a line with a monkey’s fist at the end of it through a life ring that was hanging over the side of the deck. Out of the many brave souls on board only one that I saw managed to complete the feat, our Captain. How fitting that in the persona of a student, his costume was our class t-shirt, was the only on to make it through the ring. The costume contest ended the afternoon and the top three winners of the contest were Sailing Intern Jesse as the Banana Dog, 2nd Assistant Scientist Farley, not pictured, as the Broad on the Port Quarter, and 3rd Assistant Scientist Grayson as Maui: Shapeshifter, Demigod of the Wind and Sea, Hero of All. The three of them were 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. These were the best costumes for the night however there were many other great costumes, some had us seeing double as many people decided to dress up as people on the ship. We saw a Grayson (Celine), Chief Engineer Nate (Sonia), Assistant Engineer Claire (Isiah), and 1st 2nd and 3rd Mates Cassie (Darcy), Tim (Emma) and Lydia (Anna). There were so many more costumes but too many to give shout-outs to.

Well now I’ve just about come to the end of my blog so quick wrap-up, these past twelve days have probably given me one of the best, if not the best, experiences of my life. Everyone on this ship is awesome and I feel as though I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. There is so much that my fellow shipmates and I have yet to tackle and I am looking forward to what is left in store for those of us onboard the Corwith Cramer.

Fair Winds,

P.S Mom and Dad Here is your proof of life hopefully you liked my comment about 7th grade, Mom, Dad Elizabeth and Sean I love and miss you guys and can’t wait to see you at Thanksgiving.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Ocean Exploration, • Topics: c275  life at sea  research  leadership  study abroad • (5) Comments
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#1. Posted by John Fisher on November 05, 2017

What an adventure.  Missed you at the ND v Wake Forest game.  Great game.  Your mom’s hair looked awesome.  See you at new years.  Stay away from the shark and eat lots of oranges.
John fisher

#2. Posted by Pam Driscoll on November 10, 2017

Hello Christopher,
It was great to read your blog. I laughed out loud when I read your comment about the 3 questions and 7th grade football. When I got to the end of your blog, I took note of your comment regarding that very subject. I am glad you are learning so much and enjoying it at the same time. I look forward to hearing all about it at Thanksgiving.
Love, Aunt Pam

#3. Posted by Kate Jacullo on November 10, 2017

Hi Chris:

Wow!  Looks like you are having an awesome time at sea!  Uncle Peter and I are impressed by how you have taken your love of the outdoors and translated it into many awesome life experiences with this being the current adventure. We hope you continue to enjoy the challenges ahead and look forward to hearing about it first-hand when we see you next.

Sending lots of love and good wishes your way,

Uncle Peter and Aunt Katie
(Peter and Jeannie too!)

#4. Posted by Warren Norris on November 14, 2017

Had to read your blog on you’re mom’s phone. I’m pleased that you are both learning and enjoying the experience.  It sounds like you have made new friends which is a good thing.
I and your grandmother love you and miss you ,too. We will probably miss you on Thanksgiving unless you visit us in Bethlehem. Bon voyage. GF

#5. Posted by Justin Driscoll (Dad) on November 14, 2017


Following this blog brings back memories of your last overseas trip - although this time you are on the sea!!!

We cant wait to ask you all about your trip - will we be limited to 3 questions a day also?? If so, we will be asking questions for the next month. grin

We miss you very much, send our love and look forward to seeing you on the 21st.

Fair Winds,



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