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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

February 19, 2018

Sailing North for Science!

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies Faculty


Coming Ashore in Francis Bay

Ship's Log

Current Location
20° 25.0’ N x 065° 45.3’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Steering 355° PSC at 6 knots

Winds NE, Force 5

Souls on board

We have moved on from our port stop in Francis Bay, St. John, to the Atlantic Ocean as we venture north to see if we can hunt down some of the southern Sargasso Sea waters. Student crew and professional crew alike are all fully engaged in the daily routine now--morning watch classes, scientific deployments, afternoon class for all hands and, of course, plenty of sail handling.  You will hear much more about this repeated schedule of daily activities from students very soon as they take a turn recounting their experiences with life and work on board over the three remaining days at sea before our next landfall in Samaná, Dominican Republic.

I had the great pleasure of engaging in a very thoughtful discussion this morning with B watch (just before they went out on the bowsprit to furl the jib) about life aboard a sailing ship today in comparison to what they had learned on shore about seafaring in the 18th century.  This impressive academic acumen was also on display in our afternoon class when every student had a chance to present a brief synopsis of what they had discovered during our two days on shore in St. John, one of which included a visit to the ruins of Annaberg, a sugar plantation on the northern shore of the island.

Today was a classic day of research, academic reflection and honing of ship handling skills. Stay tuned for more details!

Fair Winds!

- Craig Marin, Maritime Studies

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