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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

March 02, 2015

Once Again, We Return To the Sea

James Conley, A Watch, Stonehill College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

The final card in the Line Chase for A Watch - a Conga Line celebration!

Ship's Log

17 59.6’N x 63 08.7’ W

Just outside Marigot Bay, St. Martin

Souls on Board

"James, James, James" is the first thing I heard whispered into my bunk as I woke up this morning. Knowing that this was my wake up call for dawn watch, I reluctantly replied "Good morning."  I then heard, "It's 0550 you have 10 minutes till watch. It's a little chilly bring a coat." Rubbing my eyes, I rolled out of my bed and began to get dressed so that I would be on deck in time for my watch. To be honest, I was less than enthused to be waking up this early in the morning. However, I knew that I was the lucky one today--I would get to watch the sun rise this morning.

As I witnessed the sun rise over beautiful St. Martin my mind was flooded with the memories of the past few days spent on shore. I watched as cruise ships steamed by, making their way to St. Maarten, the Dutch side of the island. To my right, pleasure yachts were coming into the same harbor in which we were anchored. I couldn't help but think that a young man my age, during the colonial times, could have stood on a ship similar to the Corwith Cramer, looking at St. Martin with a similar perspective.  This young man probably would have seen merchant ships, under sail of course, making their way to this island with the hope of cashing in on St. Martin's most valuable industry--salt. Salt was harvested by the people of St. Martin since the indigenous natives, the Arawak, first settled the island. However, I will never see what this man may have seen. The St. Martin I was absorbing was "the friendly island," and it is tourism, not salt, that drives the island's economy now.

Unfortunately, I did not have many moments to dwell on this island's fascinating history. Breakfast was ready to be served and eaten and it was time to get the beautiful Corwith Cramer ready to set sail once again. Along with the regular upkeep and cleaning projects we undertake daily, there are special jobs that need to be done. It was my job, along with my shipmates Sam W. and Thomas, to remove the rust streaks from the sides of the ship. Although this was not the most exciting assignment. it was an honor to restore the beautiful hull so that the Corwith Cramer could continue to turn heads when she enters a harbor (which she always does!).

After the day's chores were completed, a buzz began to sweep across the ship. Today we had the much hyped "Line Chase." This is a relay race which puts each watch against the others to see who can correctly locate the lines on the ship first. This competition did not disappoint, and brought out great vibes from everyone aboard. I would like to take this moment to give a shout out to Rob, Harmony, Toni, Emily, Corey, and myself (A Watch) as we were the FIRST to complete this challenge. However, that being said, the other two watches were right at our heels and I could not be more proud of all of my classmates. We displayed, with what I think is a certain type of confident swagger, the talent and brilliance of class C257. As it always seems with the ocean, there was no time for celebrating. Just as soon as the Line Chase ended a "Man Overboard" drill began! This was immediately followed Fire and Abandon Ship drills. Once again Class C257 showed its drive for excellence as we completed our drills in a more organized and experienced fashion than we first did them in San Juan.

Once the drills were completed and debriefed, the ship's crew was called to General Quarters in order that all hands would help with departing from the harbor. The deck was alive with excitement, Captain Sean included,
because today we set the tops'l! This is the first square sail we have set on this trip, and it caught the wind beautifully high up on our forward mast. It was at this moment that I paused, and thought about fate. I was meant to be surrounded by these thirty four individuals. We were all meant to accomplish something incredible together.

The last shout out I would like to give is to Randall, a visiting scientist observer from Anguilla who left us today to return home. Not only was Randall a great teacher and resource, he was a great member of our community and a great friend. Finally I would like to say on behalf of all those aboard, to our loved ones, friends, and blog followers, please continue to keep us in your thoughts and in your hearts as you will never leave ours.   

- James 

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#1. Posted by Sunshine on March 03, 2015

WOW! Thanks for sharing C257 experiences with all of C257 families and friends.

Harmony is so right! Keep reading, my friends have been writing…. They are GREAT!! 

Be safe! Have fun!!


#2. Posted by Cynthia Conley on March 03, 2015

James, It is so wonderful to see your smile again. We love reading your blog and that of your fellow shipmates. You are always in our hearts.
Love you, Mom and Dad

#3. Posted by Sunshine on March 03, 2015

Harmony, This must be very different, the fourth time you came to St. Martin. The last three times you did not need to do a thing because you were served. Now, you worked closely with 34 individuals to earn the joy and experiences.
So proud of you all.

#4. Posted by Susan Reardon on March 03, 2015

I continue to be so impressed by the content and quality of the daily blogs. Your perceptiveness and appreciation for your experience are rewarding to us as parents. We think of you all every day, and pray for your continued safety and wellbeing. 

Hugs to all and love to Annie!!

Susan Reardon ❤️



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