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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

December 15, 2017

The Beginning of the End

Tom Haller, C-Watch, Colorado College

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Sunset Sailing

Ship's Log

17° 35.696’ N x 61° 45.238’ W


Clear skies

Souls on Board

Two nights ago we took the ship from Montserrat to Antigua. While on the way, my watch (C-watch) drew the 1900-0100 watch. The schedule designated me to deck crew and my first two hours of watch were spent on bow watch all by my lonesome looking for ships and other dangers ahead. When I quickly learned that there were no dangers to the ship, my eyes wandered to the sky where above me lay what seemed to be billions of stars. Among these stars were shooting stars at the rate of about 1-2 every ten seconds. Later that night we learned from Captain Chris that we were experiencing the Geminid Meteor shower and throughout the watch we kept track of how many we saw.

Eventually we passed along our number and Nic from A-watch, who relieved us at 0100, started his own count throughout his 6 hour shift. In the morning, we learned that just the amount we saw was over 750 shooting stars ranging from small blips of light to glowing, flare like, orbs followed by long white tails. It was something I’ll never forget and was one of my favorite watches so far.

Yesterday we arrived in Antigua to clear customs and meet with government officials. We had some free time to go ashore and most of us were shocked by the crazy amount of cruise ship passengers who ideologically are very different than those aboard the Corwith Cramer. Five massive cruise ships left that night and four more came lumbering in this morning as we made our departure.

Today we motored the Cramer over to Barbuda, a small flat island located 26 miles north of Antigua which was absolutely devastated by Hurricane Irma this summer. Upon our arrival from the south, we did not see much damage, but as we anchored south of Point Coco, we looked through the binoculars and saw a mangled coastline with destroyed and boarded up buildings. As darkness fell, we were eerily reminded of the devastation by a severe lack of lights and even general light pollution over the island, a stark contrast from the islands we have visited thus far.

Tomorrow we have four snorkel missions scheduled throughout the day on reefs in the southern waters of the island. We will be the first eyes on these reefs since the hurricane. The data we collect between now and Tuesday will be very important and have a real world impact as we give it to the Waitt Institute who is currently helping rebuild the island. We have all heard rumors of what Barbuda looks like today and we are all looking forward to seeing, even from afar, what the real story is, and if we can do anything to help.

As there is only a week left in our voyage it is slowly dawning on everyone that this trip, like everything in life, has an end. To start off the last week we will be having a sunrise swim call tomorrow morning for those who are willing.

- Tom

To Mom and Dad- See you soon and I hope Star wars is even better than expected.

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