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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 27, 2018

Welcome Aboard!

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist


Above: Family photo with our new friends in Grenada – the staff of True Blue Bay Resort! Wonderful hosts and great ambassadors for the Island of Grenada. You will be missed, but time for us to go sailing. Below: Students escorted to the Corwith Cramer by Captain Sean Bercaw. Hard to say who is more excited to go sailing, Capt or the students?! Sharil, Chloe, Bryce and others learn how to sweat a line.

Ship's Log

Ship position
Tied up alongside the dock at Port Louis Marina in St George’s, Grenada

Ship Heading

Ship Speed

Sunny, partly cloudy, with a comfortable breeze off the island.  About 25 deg Celsius.

Souls on board

Welcome to the SSV Corwith Cramer!  The students of class C283 could not be more excited.  True, they have enjoyed their time in Grenada, but this is what they signed up for.  The opportunity to join the crew of the Cramer and sail through the Caribbean; and all the while, learn about the coral reef ecology of each island we visit.

I am pleased to announce that all students are safely aboard the Cramer and are now settling in for a good night’s sleep.  They have had a busy 8 hours onboard.  First and foremost, students met the rest of the shipboard crew – all the mates, scientists, sailing interns, and additional volunteers who now represent the C283 community. 

Much of the afternoon and evening was spent learning how to handle ship lines safely, safety protocols in the lab, how to conduct hourly boat checks to ensure the ship is safe at all times, how to make proper entries in the deck logbook, how to operate the hydrowinch safely so they can deploy scientific equipment.  And that is just the beginning.  Students were also introduced to the inner workings of the galley and engine room. 

Never fear, thanks to our talented and intrepid steward Ger, we have all been well fed.  Good food is essential to the success of any voyage and we have one of the best.  I am sure you will hear more about Ger and her magic in the galley in subsequent blog posts.

Anyway, just wanted to let friends and family back home know that all is well here onboard the Corwith Cramer.

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist for Cruise C283 – Caribbean Reef Expedition

P.S.  To my personal friends and family, love you all and sweet dreams.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Caribbean Reef Expedition, • Topics: c283  coral reefs  study abroad • (0) Comments
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