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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
November 29, 2016
Ship, Shipmates, Self
15°49.9’N x 038°53.5’W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
246° True at 6.8 knots
F1-3 SE winds, clear skies with some squalls nearby
“Ship. Shipmates. Self.” This is the sailor’s mantra, an old adage of the sea passed down by generations of seamen who were able to make it ashore. I suspect that crews who did not heed these words to take care of their one home were not as fortunate. Without the collective help from each of our 29 members aboard the Cramer, we would not have made it this far along our journey, officially having passed the halfway point across the Atlantic! It’s a tremendous honor and privilege to be traveling with such a dedicated group of peers and mentors, who are willing to give their all despite the amount of energy and lack of sleep involved in maintaining a ship around the clock (not to mention deploying heavy-duty scientific instruments!).
I have to admit, it’s been a challenge—it’s not always stars and sunsets out here at sea. There are often times when I’m frustrated or lost, unable to conceptualize the simplest of sail maneuvers or grasp the art of sponging the sole with both speed and rigor. However, even in the midst of my shortcomings, a fellow shipmate is immediately there to help me get back up. A spirit of camaraderie and “ubuntu” embodies the Cramer, for “a person is a person through other persons.” And just as my shipmates are there for me, we are there for Mama Cramer, with our hourly boat & engine room checks, nighttime lookouts, galley clean ups, etc.
As I look across the blue waters, I also see home in Planet Earth. Would it be possible to frame the sailor’s mantra to a more global understanding? Just as 28 others and I have only one ship, the 7 billion of us have only one planet. Of course, many of you already share the same feelings as the people on this ship regarding human impact on the environment. However, for those that do not, consider this: since leaving Las Palmas, our lab watches have consistently collected plastic pieces from our sampling tows. Imagine that—the most remote places on Earth are not as far away from you as you might think.
P.S. Happy birthday, umma!! Saranghae. I am eating very well; don’t worry.
P.P.S. A shout out to all my friends who helped me get this far!! Miss you all!!!