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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 27, 2016

Happy Local Apparent Thanksgiving!

Bethany Bowen, A Watch, Northeastern University

Oceans & Climate

Enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with Morgan (center) looking on

Ship's Log

Current Position
17° 25.6’ N x 035° 55.7’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
241° True at 3.8 kts

Sail Plan
Tops’l & course

Light SE winds with some clouds

Souls on Board

In case you’re wondering why there was no mention of Thanksgiving last Thursday, it’s because we’re celebrating today instead. With all the galley preparations that needed to happen, it was much easier to coordinate everything on a Sunday when there’s no formal class to break up the afternoon. Watch rotations never stop though, so even Thanksgiving dinner is served twice to get everyone fed. There was one change for the special day: the first seating of dinner started at 1800 instead of 1820 to give us a little more time to enjoy the food and fellowship. At the moment I’m sitting in the main salon, enjoying the lull before B Watch gets off watch and comes to dinner.

I always love being in unique places on holidays because every subsequent time that holiday rolls around is a chance to look back on where I was in years past. This is definitely the farthest afield I’ve ever been on
Thanksgiving, and I know the memory will make me smile for years to come. A Watch was on morning watch today and I was in lab, so I spent the first part of my day working on our morning science station. Deploying oceanographic equipment off the side of a ship in the middle of the tropical Atlantic is quite a change from Thanksgivings past, and I can’t wait to see where I’ll be in the future.

Lots of things may have changed between my Thanksgivings in years past and my Thanksgiving this year, but delicious food is a constant. There was turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes both regular and sweet, stuffing, cranberry sauce, squash pot pie, green beans, cheese-topped rolls, and lemonade. The mashed sweet potatoes were my favorite. There’s apple, pumpkin, and lemon pie too, but that’s for mid-rats. Morgan, our steward, never ceases to amaze us with her ability to pull off incredible meals in a galley that’s always moving. Lots of people helped in the galley over the past 24 hours, but she’s the mastermind behind it all. It was great to be able to share a meal with all the crazy wonderful people on this ship, and I just realized that we left Las Palmas just two weeks ago. Two weeks ago I think I was out on the head rig on my first watch, striking the jib. If I’m not careful we’ll be in St. Croix before I know what’s happening, so I should wrap this up and go look at the stars.

To all my friends and family ashore, I’m having an amazing time and thinking of you often. I hope you’re all prepared to get sick of hearing about the Cramer and SEA Semester, because that’s pretty much inevitable.

- Bethany

P.S. Hi Mom and Dad! I love you, I’m alive, and I’m remembering to wear sunscreen (mostly). Jake, I love and miss you, and I can’t wait to tell you all about everything.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c270  life at sea • (3) Comments
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#1. Posted by Kelsee york on November 28, 2016

We missed you at Thanksgiving.  We can’t wait to hear all about it.  g & g

#2. Posted by Jeff Deal on November 28, 2016

Hi Bethany!  I can assure you that there is NO WAY I will get tired of hearing about your trip and everything you’ve been able to experience.  You and your trip were a frequent topic of conversation over our own Thanksgiving celebrations, and we can’t wait to see you again!

#3. Posted by Jim Bowen on November 28, 2016

Oh Bethany - almost brought tears to my eyes reading your update. Yeah - that will probably make you roll your eyes - but someday you’ll understand.  So, SO happy for you and this wondrous experience you’re able to be a part of!



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