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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
November 20, 2018
The Strongest Ship You Can Build
12 o 02.7’N x 061 o 45.0’W
Alongside in St. Georges, Grenada
Sea Surface Temperature/Salinity
Family, friends, shipmates, and all those else who wander by,
By the time you read this, our cruise, like those that came before and those that follow, will have reached its inevitable end. One last giant field day was taken care of, the traditional Swizzle razzled and dazzled on the last evening, and the last watches were stood. The numbers, the data, the log, and the many reports will be neatly packed up, recorded, and checked off as another successful SEA trip. Like the errant sand that seems to leave a light coating on everything aboard the ship, C282 will scatter to the winds and travel along any one of the 32 compass points to whatever corner of the globe is home. Some will head north, back to the frigid embrace of New England while others will hide out a little bit longer down in the tropics.
And some will head back on a longer route back to home countries where the irregularities of the English language don't trip over their tongues anymore. But regardless of where we go, we leave the Corwith Cramer much different than when we arrived.
Twelve weeks ago, an eccentric mix of newly graduated high school students, gap year students, and college undergraduates decided to put their lives on hold to get on a ship, live together, and sail down into the Atlantic Ocean.
Our personalities, backgrounds, and life experiences couldn't have been more different but we all wanted to do things very few people would get the opportunity to do. We saw weather like none we had ever seen before from howling gales to the burning tropical sun to beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We launched numerous pieces of science equipment to collect data for individual research projects and to continue growing knowledge about the sea. We've set, struck, furled, gybed, hauled, eased, and tended the Cramer's many sails, lines, and sheets to make good on our cruise track down south. We took "what ifs?" and turned them into "we did".
When I look back on this trip, I have a tendency to remember the smaller, more mundane moments among the ship's company the most vividly.
- A sunset on the quarterdeck with small groups of people scattered around entertaining themselves with games, music, conversation, and the emerging stars.
- The brief moments when my weather-battered and tired shipmates would willingly stop and chat with my seasick-ridden self to make my day a less lonely.
- Spanish lessons on the housetops or on the quarterdeck during daily "beach trips"
- Arguments about the superiority of certain collegiate basketball programs (Go Heels!)
- The ridiculous and hilarious antics of the trio living Squalor, their ill-gotten disco ball, and adopted pet, Triste the Bell Pepper.
- Getting to go aloft and finally seeing the Cramer from a bird's eye view as she is sailing along
- Watching my shipmates attempt to cracking coconuts the old-fashioned way (with a rock) and getting permission to jump off the Cramer during a much needed swim call
And so many other memories that would be too many to list out.
I thank my lucky stars that I was able to be on this cruise with my shipmates. I have met some of the most amazingly accomplished, talented, resilient, and kind people on this trip. It was a special privilege to see how as a class we grew and became better sailors, scientists, students, and, most importantly, friends. Even now, plans are being made for future visits, numbers, social media accounts, and pictures are being shared, and maybe one of two tears are slowly rolling down cheeks. The connections we made on shore and aboard the Cramer were forged through the trials and tribulations of the sea. From being on watch in the pelting rain or sweltering sun to scrubbing down every inch of the ship, the experiences we shared with each other has only served to strengthen the bonds of amity between us. Despite the sometimes literal ups and downs and hard times, I am grateful for it all. So thank you C282, for the all memories, laughs, well-cooked meals, awkward moments, scavenger hunts, elaborate pranks, new perspectives, and love that we've shared over these many weeks. I wish you all the best wherever life takes you. Fair winds.
Oh and as for the title of the blog post. Well, my shipmates who are reading this are probably shaking their heads and rolling their eyes at me since they know the answer already.
What's the strongest ship you can build?
- Christina Lim, B Watch, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill