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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

February 26, 2017

Music and Art Aboard the Cramer

Michaela Squier, C-Watch, Oberlin College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Justin drawing Sargassum. Chris (the Captain) and Marissa (Assistant Scientist) playing music. Molly drawing

Ship's Log

Current Position
019° 01’ N x 068° 23’ W

15 nm east of the Dominican Republic

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Steering 310 (NW), 6 knots

Winds E, Force 4, Seas 5 feet

Sail Plan
Sailing on a starboard tack under the mains’l, the two stays’ls and the jib

Souls on Board

Today has been an exciting day aboard the Cramer, with whale sightings, whale calls, music and an art gallery. The day started during my night watch (2300-0300). It was a lovely watch with the usual bioluminescence under the bow and a great deal of shooting stars. After a bit more sleep I went on deck to discover there had been a large number of humpback whales and Heather our resident whale sound expert with the help of Molly and Amina had gotten recordings of their sounds. I later saw 2 humpback whales a few ship lengths away. This makes me even more excited for Samana and Silver Bank, which are known for having a large number of whales.

Before afternoon watch (1300-1900), C watch learned how to climb aloft, which was scarier than I thought it would be, but I will definitely be doing it again! For afternoon class, we had an art gallery where we displayed our sketchbooks, dressed in clean clothes and ate tasty snacks.

Throughout this Sophie, who just graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory (whoop whoop), played beautiful violin music. After this was all finished, C-Watch got to have our drawing hour with Peter, the visiting illustrator. It was absolutely wonderful! The boat was finally sailing after days of motoring. Peter and Sophie played music and C-Watch got to sit in the shade drawing.

The rest of watch consisted of striking a sail (because we were going too fast?) and processing a dip net in the lab. Tomorrow morning I am looking forward to our arrival in Samana in the Dominican Republic.  


PS: Mom, Dad, Christopher and Carly, I'm thinking of you.

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#1. Posted by debby pollak on February 27, 2017

hi molly and crew - i love seeing your pictures and reading about what you guys are doing. actually, you’ve inspired my saturday art class for this weekend! we’re making boat art. molly, is there any way you can send a video message or more photos to the saturday art kids? they’ll love seeing you drawing on the boat - any boating words of wisdom from you to them? we’re going to read a few pages of
voyage of the dawn treader, and then make ocean paintings and sculptural boats. should be fun. it looks like you all are having an amazing time. i’m so glad. molly - we love you and miss you. see you in a few weeks.

#2. Posted by Peter C. Stone on March 04, 2017

Well said, Michaela,

You all shared such wonderful, thoughtful work in the Cramer Gallery!
Your journaling is inspiring!
Keep on Rockin’!




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