Current position of the SSV Corwith Cramer. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the layer tools, top right, to change the map style or to view data layers. Dates and times use GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
October 19, 2019
Learning for the Sake of Learning
39° 00.8’ N x 066° 23.4’ W
Speed and sail plan
Mains’l, both Stays’ls, motorsailing with help from the Gulf Stream
Daily life aboard our new home is filled with not only fun and adventure but also knowledge and experiences that we will never forget. It’s really easy not to notice how much we are actually learning because of how exciting everything is. I had been so used to sitting in a high school classroom staring at a clock waiting for the bell to ring that I had forgotten what it was like as a kid to actually want to learn. Life at sea has made me realize that childlike sense of wonder once again. We spend plenty of time outside on deck and in the science lab collecting and analyzing samples from the ocean, from chemical makeup of the water, to what types of tiny critters are swimming around in there. Every single thing we do onboard is a learning experience, even if we don’t know it. Staff is always eager to share their knowledge with us, whether it’s during watch or while washing dishes, there is always a lesson or some new skill involved.
The fact that there is all sorts of different things happening at any time of day means that two students could learn completely different things in a given day, making it a truly unique experience for everyone involved. Once a day, the whole ship gets together as a community for class time. Students and staff alike stand up and share different things that they have learned over the past few days, including weather, seismic activity, and anatomy of a diesel engine. Education without the stress of a grade has made me love to learn once again.
- Nick Hofmann
PS: Shout out to my Melrosians and anyone reading this. Y’all are great.