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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 01, 2019

Settling In

Betsy Stevens, Voyager, C watch, Science Instructor, Phillips Exeter Academy


Hauling on the main halyard.

Ship's Log

Current Position
12 nm NNE of Eleuthra Island, Bahamas

Course & Speed
60 degrees at 6 knots

Sail Plan
Reefed main, Main Staysail, Forestaysail

Clear, light south wind

Souls on board

I can't believe we've only been at sea for three days!  It seems like we've been out here a week already.  I know it has been three days, because I got to take my first shower today-a bit of a celebration!  We've been fortunate to have calm seas and a light breeze keeping the stomachs of those of us who are green relatively quiet.  We are expecting some rougher weather over the next couple of days from a cold front moving through.  Captain has us moving east quickly to avoid the effects of a low-pressure system that is generating some hurricane force winds.

We're settling into the rhythm of days at sea. I remember enjoying the orderliness of life at sea on my previous voyage on the Westward in 1985, everyone pitching in to do their part to keep the ship clean and running smoothly. I only wish my brain was twenty years old again, so I could remember where all the lines are, and where all the gauges are that I need to check during the engine room portion of the hourly boat
check. I'm so appreciative of the amazing, professional, staff. They are so knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging as I stumble through learning everything we need to know.  For example, Rocky, the third mate did not bat an eye when I came to him claiming the engine oil pressure was at 0 psi. "Well," he said," that's because the engine isn't on!"  Woops. 

It's so great to be back aboard again!

Hi Chupy!  Hi Amiga!  oh yah, Hi Carlos, Henry, and Lucas  Thinking of you all!!!

- Betsy Stevens, Voyager, C watch, Science Instructor, Phillips Exeter Academy

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#1. Posted by Michele Ahlman on April 02, 2019

Love reading these posts!!  Hey Sam- I see you working hard with the team in this blog pic!  Love it!  We have all been tracking the boat.  I’m even taking a screen shot each day of where y’all are at. What an awesome group smile

#2. Posted by Porter on April 02, 2019

You go, C-285!

Just back from the BBNJ at the United Nations, where the delegates are starting to understand that the ocean is, well,...deep!  Much to tell everyone on the trip from Bermuda…

For all, but especially Will and Mary: a description of the Beebe-Barton dyanmics, from William Grimes’ article entitled “Crammed into a steel ball, headed into the inky dark” in the NY Times:

“Like Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, the two heroes of the bathysphere fell out almost immediately. Barton hated being treated as a sidekick by the press and chafed at being excluded from Beebe’s inner circle of attractive female assistants and wealthy patrons. Beebe could not tolerate Barton’s moodiness and lack of pep. It was, perhaps, a turning point when a seasick Barton vomited in the bathysphere at the beginning of [their record setting dive during which they reported live on NBC radio]. “Oh God, Otis,” Beebe groaned. “Not now.”

Anyway, Beebe observed and named a barracuda-like fish “Bathysphaera intacta.”

Can you get one for me?




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