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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

March 02, 2019

More Salt Than You’ve Ever Seen

Mica Hastings, Bee Watch, Bard College


Above: Eating salt and oreos on the salt flats of Morton Salt factory, Great Inagua; Below: Emily Brooks, Alle, and Delphine aloft for the first time!

Ship's Log

Current position
Matthew Town, Great Inagau, Bahamas

Ship’s Heading and Speed
At anchor.


Souls on board

The things we saw today were unreal. We are currently anchored off of Matthew Town, Great Inagua, Bahamas and today we saw some of the primary features of the island: flamingos and salt.

In the morning we met our guides at the pier and headed to Morton Salt Factory. We learned about how the salt gets extracted from the water and saw more salt than you have ever seen in your life. There was water with salt in it, huge mountains of salt, salt crystals, and salt balls. It felt like we were on Mars. People couldn't stop licking the ground.

We also saw flamingos! Super beautiful birds but also, weird looking when they fly. It looks like they're exerting so much effort to only get about a foot off the ground. Maybe the ones I saw were just tired. We stopped at a cave with the bones of poached flamingos (it is illegal to hunt flamingos on the island but unfortunately that hasn't stopped everyone) and then a beach that had been hit by the last hurricane. It was a beautiful beach but it was also kind of eerie because scattered along the beach were remnants of the reef that had been destroyed by the hurricane. It felt like a coral graveyard.

After the salt we headed to the island's lighthouse. It was an old building (so old one of the stairs broke under Brison!) and at the top was the most incredible, breathtaking view. We could see pretty much the whole island, the ocean far into the distance, the salt flats, and mama Cramer. The whole thing looked like a stock photo that could be used as a desktop screensaver.

We finished off our time on land with a drive through parts of Matthew Town that we hadn't seen yet and then said goodbye to our guides for the day. Back on the Cramer we had another swim call!! Sailing through the bluest water everyday makes it extraordinarily difficult to refrain from jumping in at all times so nothing feels better than finally being able to swim. Everyone is so happy when we get to be in the water. The happiness carried throughout the evening as A watch had a mini class with MJ, C watch got to do aloft training and B(est) watch got some time to relax. The day ended with all the ukuleles and guitars on the boat being brought on deck and music being played under the stars.

I love our days at sea and the sailing that comes with them but port days like today have been perfect. We all come back from days full of learning, experiencing new people and places, perfectly tired and happy and the happiness blends into the whole day.

- Mica Hastings, Bee Watch, Bard College

P.S. Happy birthday Rachel!!! It makes sense that the day I see the most salt I have ever seen is the anniversary of when you were born. Mom, dad, and Tali, I love you and can't wait to tell you all about this in person!

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, • Topics: c284  port stops • (0) Comments
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