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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving on the High Seas

Jamie Dalgleish, Mount Allison University

Oceans & Climate

Getting Festive (even in lab)

Ship's Log

15° 52.1’ N x 034° 01.1’ W

Description of location
Eastern Tropical Atlantic

238.0° True

6.5 kts

Weather / Wind
20.22 kts, 81.83° True

Souls on Board

Today is American Thanksgiving, and festivities have been ongoing aboard the Cramer all day!  From making hand turkeys during morning watch (don't worry, we also did science and sail handling) to a big, traditional Thanksgiving dinner, we definitely did Thanksgiving despite being on the high seas.  In fact, we also had a special Thanksgiving swizzle.  A swizzle is a little party onboard for which everyone dresses up or wears special/crazy clothes.  This afternoon, instead of class we mustered on the quarterdeck for appetizers and a special swizzle drink (non-alcoholic, of course, as per S.E.A. policy), courtesy of the galley.  They do amazing things! 

After munching and mingling, the emcees split everyone up into their respective watches, but with their new watch officers and scientists, as Mid Watch tonight marks the beginning of Phase II: the shadow phase.  Each watch rotated mate and assistant scientist, and the students will have turns as JLO (Junior Lab Officer) and to shadow their mates during deck watch to ask as many questions and learn as much as possible in the next few weeks.  When we get to Phase III, we'll get to be JWO, or Junior Watch Officers, at which point mates will be off-limits for questions, and the Corwith Cramer will be a student-run ship.  But that's not for a little while- let's get back to Thanksgiving!

Although I am in an American study abroad program, this is the third year I haven't celebrated American Thanksgiving in the states.  Going to university abroad, in my case Canada, has many perks- such as 2 or 3 Thanksgivings per year!  All the staff members rotated in the galley, taking turns making delicious dishes for dinner.  Even though we're in the tropics, there was a buoyant festive feeling all around as we sat down to our meal and shared what we're each thankful for.  We had turkey, mashed potatoes, homemade bread, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, rice pilaf, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and pecan pies, as well as apple crisp with whipped cream for dessert, with vegetarian and vegan options!  There was a lot of food, and I can attest to the hours I spent doing dishes in the galley this morning for all the yummy things that were prepared (there were many, many dishes and pots and pans).   I'm going to sign off now before the tryptophan gets me, so I can nap before watch!

Mom and dad, I miss you tons and also can't wait to see Chip when I get home.  Hug Shadow and Athena extra hard (until they squeak) for me when you get back from Maine, as I know that was your Thanksgiving plan (also with Chip- tell him hi from me and that I miss him too if you see this in time!) ? And if any of my bunkies are reading this, I miss you all so much!

Headed to bed,

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