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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
February 14, 2019
We are Underway!
Underway from St. Croix to St. John
Sunny and a warm 84°
We are Underway! Saying "goodbye" to Historic Christiansted and ready to say "hello" to the National Park of St. John!
After a night when students began chipping in with some of the technical work of the ship by standing dock watches (taking turns for an hour with the responsibilities of watching over the ship and shipmates at the pier), this third day in program was an exciting mix of continued orientation/safety training and then getting underway. Indeed, as I write, the underway portion of program C-284, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, has already begun. Our students, hailing from 15 different states and 3 countries, are now appropriately oriented to their new moving home, the Corwith Cramer, and they all took part in casting off the dock lines in order to get the ship moving out of our berth in Gallows Bay and into the Caribbean Sea. Spirits were high and there was plenty of good, hard work done by all to get our sails set and the ship properly ordered for the first short leg of this voyage.
The next stop will be St. John for more historical exploration and reef survey work. This stop will be followed by a visit to Samaná in the Dominican Republic, Silver Bank (a sanctuary created by the Dominican Republic for the protection of humpback whale breeding grounds), Matthew Town in Great Inagua, Port Antonio in Jamaica and finally George Town in Grand Cayman before we arrive at our disembarkation point in Key West, Florida. These exciting port stops are only part of the larger academic mission for this program. Understanding the Caribbean also involves examining the marine world that surrounds these islands, and the students-turned-crew will do this as fully integrated members of the ship’s company and take on the responsibilities of mastering the safe and effective deployment of our scientific equipment and the proper management and navigation of this tall ship.
So, as we work our way westward, we are all looking forward to fair winds, cooperative conditions for scientific deployments and the opportunity to learn even more about how the people of this region continue to adapt and remain forward-looking for themselves and their communities.
Stay tuned for more details on the experiences of the crew of the Corwith Cramer over this six-week voyage!
- Craig Marin, Maritime Studies