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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 01, 2021

Shifting Baselines

Leanna Cherrette, B Watch, Boston University


Sunset from the Cramer.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
313 º 9.8’ N x 076 º 42.6’ W

Ship Heading and Speed
Hove to

Taffrail Log
1488 nm

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Hove to on a port tack under the stays’ls. NE Beaufort Force 4 winds.

Description of location
176 nm S of Cape Lookout

Souls on board

Tonight, Lydia, Sydney Marie, Laurens, Ryan, and I (a group we affectionately call the mycbrophids) spread out along the quarter deck to look at the stars. As I laid there, searching for shooting stars and reflecting on my day, I realized that what I had thought of as a chill afternoon would have seemed quite the opposite to me just a couple of weeks ago.

Over the course of our watch we ran around deck hauling and easing lines, removed sail ties from the head rig, and raised the mains’l, jib, and jt all while the ship pitched and rolled over seven to ten foot swell. Just a few hours ago I was steering at the helm while I watched the bowsprit float in and out of view, my shipmates stumbling around the deck and . . . it didn’t seem all that remarkable. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun, but it wasn’t terrifying or overwhelming or any of the other adjectives my pre-boat self would have used to describe the situation. This is all to say, my baseline for “normal” has shifted drastically. With change as a constant on the Cramer, flexibility has become a necessity, and we don’t quite realize how far we’ve come until we have chance to look back.

There have been so many things that I’ve incorporated into my new normal, from learning how to handle sails to learning how to carry two full mugs and bowl of oatmeal up the ladder to dawn watch teatime (very carefully). We’ve adjusted to eighteen-hour days, the constant rocking of the ship, and the realities of sharing three bathrooms between 36 people. My shipmates and I have come so far (both figuratively and literally). Sometimes, the weeks ahead seem daunting -- I can’t imagine being ready to step up as a Junior Watch Officer. But reflecting on all of the progress we’ve made in so little time, I’m feeling much more up to the challenge. I look forward to spending the rest of this voyage learning and adjusting to every new “normal”: stumbling and struggling, but ultimately growing alongside my new friends and ship-family, the class of C-297.

To my friends and family back home: I love and miss you guys so much! Can’t wait to fill you in on all the fun I’ve been having.

- Leanna Cherrette, B Watch, Boston University

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c297  mbc  life at sea  study abroad • (0) Comments


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