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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

February 28, 2019

Oh Whale

Emily Brooks, Sea Watch, The University of New Hampshire


Above: Alle pumped to set some sails; below: Andrew and Scientist Helen reviewing their Sargassum catch from the dip net.

Ship's Log

Current Location
20° 39.0’ N x 071° 44.7’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Headed towards Great Inagua, steering 300 degrees.

Mixed clouds with the wind and the sea coming from ExS.

Souls on board

Due to unfavorable weather conditions we were not able to spend the day in Silver Bank observing whales as planned. Instead we set course for Great Inagua in hopes of getting there a day early.

The day started off at 0230 with C watch getting their wake-up calls for 0300 watch. C watch woke up to a sky full of bright stars since the moon had set a few hours earlier. On watch, Chief Mate Allison Taylor pointed out constellations and multiple shooting stars were spotted.  One was so bright and long that it ended in a green flare before disappearing into the clouds. If you were lucky enough to be on lookout you could look down and see the bioluminescence in the wake of the bow of the Cramer. After watch, we enjoyed the beginning of the Assistant Steward of the day, Julia Grady’s worldwide food tour starting with crepes. A quick nap was required before class where Mariana and Mica from B watch gave the science report on constellations. 

Following class I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous conditions and head up to the Elephant Table (behind the foremast is a table that protects the fresh produce) and hang out for a while before the next watch.  Looking out from the Elephant Table, the waves were an indescribable blue and on occasion the sun poked through the very tip of the waves to reveal a beautiful turquoise hue.

Soon after Julia danced down the deck ringing the lunch bell for spring rolls. After the delicious lunch it was time to go on watch again. I started in the galley dishing and hung out with our amazing stewards Cat and Cody. I ended the watch at the helm, as the sun sank lower towards the horizon members of A and B watch spilled out of the doghouse and gathered on the quarter deck to sit and sing songs as our talented ukulele players strummed crowd favorites until the sun disappeared.  Julia appeared again ringing for falafel, thus finishing her world tour. After dinner C watched played some cards and headed to bed to get rest before bringing the Cramer into port in Great Inagua the next morning.

- Emily Brooks, Sea Watch, The University of New Hampshire

PS: Mom and Dad don’t worry I am still as pale as when I left Boston. Capt. Beth Doxsee we would like you to know that we haul on every line like crazy mammals. Happy 12.75 Birthday to Jostein! (June’s Pappa) Saludos al perro de nuestra companara Asia Milano.


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#1. Posted by Sarah Lafleur on March 06, 2019

I expected you to be at least a little tan by now. Or maybe sunburnt. I miss you with my whole heart but I’m so glad it sounds like the best time ever. Also I love you dearly. Happy sails friend!

#2. Posted by GOA on March 10, 2019

… and el perro de Asia Milano very gladly barks back greetings to the crew, <3 Asia!

#3. Posted by Megan D on March 15, 2019

So glad to hear you’re still pale Em. Can’t wait to see you next semester and hear all about your time abroad! Ireland wishes you were here! May the wind be at your back and the sun on your face

#4. Posted by Lucy Salyer on March 19, 2019

Hey Emily!  Sounds like you’re having a great time—and that they’re feeding you well:)  Enjoy and see you back at UNH in the Fall!



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