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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 25, 2016

Shipmate Support

John Irving, C Watch, Stonehill College

Oceans & Climate

“Nothing can stop me I’m all the way up!”

Ship's Log

Current Position
19°13.9’ N x 032°22.6’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
239° True at 6 knots

Sail Plan
Motorsailing

Weather
Wind light and variable from the SE, cloudy, but currently clear of squalls

Souls on Board

Time is a tricky thing in the middle of the ocean and it gets prioritized starting with watch standing, sleeping, schoolwork, and free time. The watch schedule controls your sleep schedule, which over the course of three days is as much as you can get. The next amount of allotted free time is spent working on research projects and individual homework assignments. After those three main items are checked off in the course of the day you have earned yourself some free time! It isn’t much but some of the best memories are made during these times.

Surprisingly, none of our free time at sea has been spent on our phones talking to friends and family, playing candy crush, or updating our fantasy football team. Instead, we take advantage of this amazing ship in a perfect environment, filled with great shipmates. There are a lot of interesting ways to spend free time onboard, ranging from reading about decorative ropework, listening to great musical talent, or writing letters to share this experience with loved ones. One of the most incredible activities is going aloft above the Cramer. This past week we received aloft safety training and are now free to climb the ships rigging. Although the weather hasn’t allowed much of this in the past few days, I look forward to spending more time aloft as it is one of the greatest feelings I think I will ever achieve in my life.

As a way to potentially feed this always hungry crew, we often trail a fishing line off the back of the vessel. The starboard side deck box outside the doghouse serves as Cramer’s tackle box. This tackle box is much
different than my own, as it harbors the typical lures associated with fishing but also some unique items that have a great history of catching fish here onboard the Cramer. Often in my free time I find myself fiddling, fixing, and creating lures so we can catch another mahi, and I often sit there watching the line waiting for a strike. They say that you’ll never catch anything if you watch the line, but it’s just another great excuse to enjoy the sights of the open ocean.

I’m having a great time with my shipmates and on a rare night of not needing to do work we can play games. The other night an impromptu game of scrabble attack broke out in the main saloon. It just so happened that it was our roughest night at sea so far making it difficult to place scrabble tiles down in an orderly manner. The gimbaled tables appeared to be moving about due to the rolling nature of the ship but in fact the tiles that we were so worried about losing were perfectly level, and it was us constantly moving in reference to the table struggling to put tiles down. Spending time with my fellow shipmates has been great, and the conversations between us are super valuable. Whether giving each other support about people we miss, knowledge towards our coursework, or just reflecting on how great this all is, all are treasured. Although the free time is sparse, it has been an amazing first two weeks with my shipmates in this new environment.

Happy birthday Mom! I hope you found my card! I hope you had a great birthday, thank you for helping me to get to this point. I love you and don’t worry I’m still okay! Dad, we go through Dominican hot sauce like water on the boat and I’ll make sure to get some for you when we finally get there, I can't wait to share this experience with you when I get to St. Croix. Brenna, I love you and have so much to tell you!

John

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c270  life at sea • (2) Comments
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#1. Posted by Jim Bowen on November 28, 2016

I loved the description of Scrabble Attack!  Being up in the rigging sounds simply incredible!


#2. Posted by Julia A Hannigan-Trefethen on December 10, 2016

John,
I have so enjoyed (and continue to do so!) reading about this journey from you and your shipmates.  Such a lifetime of memories and learning most of us will never experience. Truly incredible.  Know you may be anxious for land - but have to tell you - it’s freezing cold here so enjoy the warmth while you can! God bless


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