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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

October 30, 2017

One Thousand Nautical Miles

Carolyn Hanrahan, C-Watch, Sturgis Charter School

Ocean Exploration

5/8 of C Watch! (Featuring Carolyn, Jessica, Molly, Emma and Gabo)

Ship's Log

Noon Position
31° 56.5’N x 059° 37.9’W

Just entering the Southern Sargasso Sea; at a similar latitude to Northern Florida

Ship’s Heading
220° (SW x S)

3.1 Knots (Not currently motoring)

1,051.7 nm

Sail Plan
Sailing with more sails than ever before! – Jib Tops’l, Jib, Forestays’l Main Stays’l, Fisherman, Mains’l

Quite the variety of clouds out (Cumulus, Stratus, Altocumulus, and more), warm weather (around 27.5° Celsius at its peak), and calm seas (thankfully)

Souls on Board

Salutations, civilization!

I don’t even know where to begin when attempting to describe to you my time onboard the ship thus far. It has been a crazy time of ups and downs, all of which are memorable in their own ways. Thankfully for me, most of the seasickness has finally passed (besides the natural fatigue that accompanies life onboard).

It is truly unfathomable to believe that we are the only ones at this exact point in time and space, out in the middle of the ocean, hundreds of miles from other humans. Through discussion with my fellow shipmates we have all marveled at this fact, and begun to appreciate the smaller things in life. We no longer will take for granted hot showers longer than 3 minutes, ground that doesn’t move, consistent sleep, or, most importantly, Google. Yesterday while I was standing bow lookout (or “contemplation hour”, as I like to call it), around 9 PM, I saw a distant light on the horizon! Ah, a boat! I rushed back to the quarter deck to report to Lydia (our 3rd mate), and the others, of my finding. I can’t begin to express how elated my classmates and I feel upon seeing other boats in the distance, even if they are just cargo ships, and even if they are miles away. It is a symbol of life and civilization which reminds me that maybe we aren’t so alone out here.

But we don’t need to see just humans to remember that we are not alone here. The sight of a bird landing on our deck, the sight of dolphins jumping out of the water at our bow, or the miniscule movements of the microorganisms and bioluminescence in our Neuston Net Tow are all reminders that we are actually surrounded by a bastion of life, life that we are learning more and more about.  

Today was a memorable day, for today was the day in which we left behind the Northern Sargasso Sea for the Southern Sargasso Sea..! Along with this, we passed 1,000 nautical miles traveled, signifying all our progress made towards Grenada. Today was also the “Great Pin rail Chase”—a competition between watches identifying lines on the boat.

Time passes so strangely here; we accomplish so much in every watch, and so much in between. Whether it be engine room checks, boat checks, dishes, lab deployments, or homework, our time always feels filled up. Slowly and surely we are making our way, and I can’t wait to get to Grenada. For all those at home, I hope everyone has a great Halloween tomorrow and stays safe! (I know we have some festivities in store onboard the Cramer..!)

Until Soon,

P.S—To Mom, Dad, Cian, Molly, and Andrew: I miss and think about you guys! I love you all and I look forward to hearing from you soon. ^-^

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Ocean Exploration, • Topics: c275  study abroad  line chase  life at sea • (5) Comments
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#1. Posted by Pamela Hanrahan on October 31, 2017

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe —
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”
The old moon asked the three.
“We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!”
Said Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea —
“Now cast your nets wherever you wish —
Never afraid are we”;
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam —
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home;
‘Twas all so pretty a sail
it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought ‘twas a dream they’d dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea —
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

I love you Carolyn
PS beautifully written

#2. Posted by Midge rozen on October 31, 2017

To jack ROZEN and his mates
Enjoy this special adventure in your life.
The memories you all have made,
Will last a life time
Stay safe , and enjoy every moment
Grandma Midge and grandpa steve

#3. Posted by Katey Scallion on November 01, 2017

Ahoy Carolyn!

While I read your your story, I almost felt I was there on the ship with you. Your descriptions of things you see and do were written so well I was visualizing what you are experiencing on Corwith Cramer.

I’m so glad you are learning so much and having a good time. Tak good care!


“Aunt” Katey

#4. Posted by Cian on November 04, 2017

Hi Carolyn! We miss you too. Great Post

#5. Posted by Leonid on January 05, 2018

Great post Carolyn!!!!



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