Current position of the SSV Corwith Cramer. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the layer tools, top right, to change the map style or to view data layers. Dates and times use GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
November 20, 2015
We Work While Dolphins Play
22° 28.1’ N x 023° 34.3’ W
Description of location
High Seas, Canary Current
Today, the Cramer is heading farther into the high seas, with swells up to 15ft! Trust me, this gives an entirely new meaning to ‘rock and roll’. I want to use this blog opportunity to explain a little further into exactly how SEA students are spending our time so far on the Cramer. Personally, I am overwhelmed. Try learning a new language, adjusting to a new lifestyle, and having pending assignments due all within a week. This is by far the steepest learning curve I have ever experienced. Many parents and friends of students reading this will understand that we had a very busy workload during the 6-week shore component, and even though it is incredible to have the ocean as our backyard, our workload is as full as ever.
Everywhere on the ship there are checklists. These checklists explain what we need to learn as soon as possible, and what needs to be completed at various dates. So far, I’ve had to memorize the lookout point system, the 32 compass directions, multiple scientific processing procedures, and oh, let’s not forget the 90 lines on the Cramer that we must know to strike and set the 10 different sails. I will stop there, for I do not want to bore you with the details, but learning these along with having watch duty on average 8 hours per day, class each afternoon, and assignments due regularly, is very stressful.
Throughout this week, however, I have tried my best to remain positive despite how overwhelming this new lifestyle is. Beautiful moments happen during the day that completely take me by surprise, and it’s these moments that I focus on to get me through my tiring 6 hour watch shifts. It’s these moments that make all the hard work worth it. My first night while I was on bow lookout at 2am, I saw dolphins playfully swimming back and forth across the bow wake, with bioluminescence lighting up their path. There are no words to describe how utterly amazing this was. In that moment, I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be. As we continue along our journey and our workload increases, I am looking forward to finding the little things about the Atlantic and the Cramer that take my breath away.
Eben wants to let Kenya know that he hasn’t thrown up yet, so he’ll be cashing in his two hour massage as soon as he’s home. He misses you.
I would like to wish my beautiful sister, Avery, a happy birthday! And also a belated happy birthday to my mom. I hope you both had a wonderful day – I miss you so much! Brandon – I’m thinking about you a lot, and hope you are doing well. I love you!