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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

February 17, 2017

We Are Here

Michaela J. Kenward , A Watch, University of New England

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Above: Students learning how to deploy a Neuston Tow off the port side of the Corwith Cramer. Below: View of the Corwith Cramer from the small boat.

Ship's Log

Current Location
017° 40’ N x 063° 18’ W

West of Saba

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Steering 155 PSC, 3 knots

Winds ExN, Force 3, Seas 4 feet

Sail plan
Sailing on a port tack under all fore and aft sails

Souls on Board

I could hardly believe it when Jeff reminded me that today – Friday – was my turn to write this blog. It’s hard to believe we’ve already been sailing for that many days. In my mind, all of the hours of the past few days have blurred together into one very, very long day, broken up by very satisfying naps. However, the passage of time is very evident not only by our movement through the clear blue Caribbean waters, but by the weathering skin and tired eyes of all of those aboard Mama Cramer.

Despite how tired we may all feel already, the trip has only just begun. We are all starting to understand how the schedule works. So far, life has consisted mainly of being on watch, eating, and sleeping. The food has been fantastic, and I have found myself sleeping surprisingly well. My bunk, though small, has truly begun to feel like my own cozy little home – even though the main saloon is often full of people right outside my curtain. Amongst all the business, I had a very simple, yet profound thought my first night on watch. As I stood by myself at the helm of the boat that first night at midnight, I realized something: I am here. Most of the people on this ship are sleeping below, the rest of A watch is busily standing watch at the helm or conducting a boat check, and I am here. I have made it. Then, I realized something even more important: we are here. We are here, in the Caribbean, surrounded by the bluest water I’ve ever seen, aboard the Corwith Cramer, on the adventure of a lifetime. We are here. And I, personally, find that amazing.

Today, I had my first ever dawn watch (from 0300 until 0700). First Mate Sara told us that this was her favorite watch, and after watching the sunrise from lookout on the bowsprit, I think I would have to agree with her. After watch, we had a wonderful FriYAY French toast breakfast, and dawn watch cleaning, I filled the rest of the morning with – of course – a nap. I woke up to some delicious grilled cheese and tomato soup prepared by our steward Kate with the help of Elizabeth. For afternoon class, we had our first ever navigation/weather report and lab reports. After that, we all took turns heading out on the small boat to do a loop around the Corwith Cramer to look for Sargassum. Although Jeff and I were disappointed about the lack of Sargassum, we did all get a great view of our ship from a new angle, providing a great photo opportunity!

All is well.

P.S. Hello to Mom, Dad, Harper, Lucy, Angelika and Bug! And a shout-out to David – hope it’s not too cold up there in the Arctic Circle!


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Pamela Kenward on February 20, 2017

I am so enjoying reading each of the blog entries and “hearing” about the adventures and the every day tasks and schedules. Enjoy each moment…And treasure the experience!

#2. Posted by elizabeth talbot on February 28, 2017

To WILL, the other 12 students and staff, on Corwith Cramer - I have enjoyed following your journey, posts
on work aboard, adventures, + rewarding friendships
with locals whom you met where you landed. All of your
writing has been beautiful, heartfelt and full of appre- ciation of experiences and the environment you studied.

May you carry that forward in whatever career choices
you make, or change, as you grow and learn even more.

Best wishes to each and all of you !




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