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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

December 18, 2020

Sign of the Gybes

Lena Albert, A Watch, Unity College


Above: Sun setting on the lab; Below: Lobster claws on the science deck.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
24 52.5’N x 083 3506’W

Ship Heading

Ship Speed

Taffrail Log
2308 nm

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Windy, rocky seas, with winds coming from NExE

Description of location
North West of Logger Head Key

Marine Mammals Observed last 24hr
Dolphins off the quarter deck, as well as two bottlenose dolphins off the headrig.

Souls on board

The last almost-month on the Cramer has definitely been one for the books. Time ceases to exist; we are living from watch to watch, and only seeing the other thirty two people on this boat. But we're doing just fine. So, I started off my 'day' with morning watch, which goes from 0700-1300. Ceilidh and I were in lab and probably had too much fun. We got the chance to have both Olivia and Megan as our scientist at one point. Megan, being one of the mates, was not too sure how we ran things in the lab so that left Ceilidh and I in charge. We looked at crackers and peanut butter under the microscope, wore too much PPE, played with some lobster hands, and even deployed the neuston net! You could say that's one pretty successful day on lab! Once Olivia, one of our scientists, came back we were back to our normal lab things like playing with lobster hands and looking at living creatures under the microscope. With each 'day' going by it doesn't seem like it's getting any shorter. It still feels like we could have a week left and yet there's only four days left 'til I'm back home in PA.

I am currently sitting in the lab on dawn watch it is 03:55am on the 19th of December and this blog was due yesterday. But what are ya gonna do; time doesn't exist here on the Cramer. Writing the blog while having dawn watch brain makes everything I write better, funnier, wittier; it makes me feel like I could be a writer. But I digress. I am just rambling at this point so I'll think of something of substance to write.

We have now more than ever started talking about the community we have created here on the Cramer, even in the midst of a "blood bath." (If you need context please go read Schuyler's blog from December 16.) We discuss what makes this boat feel like home and what we can do to hold on to that for the next five-ish days. Talking about the special sounds that no one back home will understand or the way one person says dolphin and almost thirty people speed walk to the railing. But it's not the sounds of the Cramer that make this boat feel like home for me, but the people aboard. The people who make it feel like our own little neighborhood: the mates and Allison like our parents, the scientists - our cool aunts, the stewards in the galley our next door neighbors who we can always visit, and each other who can laugh at nothing, are okay with sitting in silence, and aren't afraid to tell each other to shut up when we're being too loud in the main salon. It's all these people put together in one 134ft vessel that make this neighborhood of a community happen.


- Lena <3, A Watch, Unity College

P.S.  mom and dad can't wait to see you! Love and miss you! tell peter, Chris, and Luke I said hi!! can't wait for the holidays and for all of us to be together!!

P.S.S Maddie I don't know if you're reading this lol but I miss you!!! <3

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Caribbean Reef Expedition, • Topics: c295  life at sea  study abroad  gap year • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by Joseph & Sonya Albert on December 20, 2020

Dear Most Recent Blog Writer,

Excellent job !!!!!!

In fact kudos to all your shipmates on the “blog writing”, yes no doubt you all have a talent in that area. The sea must do things to you.

As you head back to the land, please keep an eye out and follow “The Christmas Star”.

As you watch the waves ahead of you, a very rare occurrence is happening above you at sunset on Monday, December 21st, which is also winter solstice.

Jupiter and Saturn will be the closest they have been since March of 1226. I think you bloggers may have a good view of this special moment.

So, as all the families prepare for your return and the finishing touches are completed, continue to look to the heavens and follow your heart.

Mom & Dad,

P.S. - Mom working over time chalk painting furniture.



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