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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

February 12, 2019

Welcome Aboard !!

Bill Burke, Captain


Above: C-284 students meet and join the rest of the crew onboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. Below: C-Watch students fitting their harnesses; Julia and Natalie excited to be onboard.

Ship's Log

Current Location
17° 45.0’ N x 064° 41.0’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Alongside Gallows Bay, Christiansted, St Croix, USVIs

Light trade winds E x S sunny with a few passing clouds and occasional rain shower.

I am happy to report the successful start to cruise C-284 – Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean (CCC).  Just moments ago students arrived from various cold destinations around the globe and have convened here in St Croix, USVIs to begin their adventure onboard the SSV Corwith Cramer.  Sea bags were quickly stowed and all hands turned to on the quarterdeck for introductions and messages of welcome to their new home. 

The first afternoon has been dedicated to learning the customs and language of a tall ship that sails for science.  There are unusual words for seemingly familiar things (i.e. heads = bathrooms) and even stranger words for unfamiliar things (Elephant Table = home for our fresh produce). 

Every crew member has been assigned a safety harness that will be worn when they stand watch; and all hands have learned the how to perform a Boat Check – our personal insurance policy against trouble at sea.  Every hour for the next six weeks one of our shipmates will walk through every space on the ship looking, listening, and smelling for anything that may be amiss.  Tours of the galley and engine room spaces with an emphasis on safety rounded out the rest of the evening. 

The professional crew have the watch through the night and tomorrow morning will be our first field trip here on St Croix.  More to follow. 

Best regards,

Captain Bill Burke.


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