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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

March 06, 2019

Whittle Me This

Helen Dufel, 1st Assistant Scientist


Creative crafts on the Cramer at sunset.

Ship's Log

Current Location
18° 42.7’ N x 075° 59.2’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
SSE at 1 knot

Sunny with light winds and calm seas

Souls on board

The calm seas, light winds, and beautiful sunsets have made the lab house top the ideal space for crafting. Each afternoon once the sun is low and the temperature drops shipmates far and wide emerge from their shady spots and bunk fans to enjoy some time on deck all together. As you walk around the deck you realize everyone on this ship is an artist in their own way. From string instruments to watercolors, bracelet weaving to dramatic readings, there is no lack of artistic ability.

One craft that has taken the ship by storm is the art of whittling! Our chief engineer Henry taught himself to whittle with his time on board over the years. His smooth wooden whales have won the hearts of the ship’s company and have inspired others. It seems as though every day someone new has a block of wood and an image in their mind of what they want to set free from its wooden confines. Anything from whales to fish to abstract shapes are emerging as we leave a trail of wood shavings in our wake.

These crafts are coming in handy as each person onboard has been given an “angel.” The job of each angel is to supply their shipmate with secret notes of encouragement and gifts of endearment. Throughout history sailors have filled their idle time with crafts and music. These few hours before sunset send us back in time and have become my favorite time of day. As the colors dance and the sun melts into the horizon we look up from our creations to quietly marvel in the sun’s departure. Most stay until they are struggling to see their pen on paper or knife through grain.

Sending love from friends on board to Christina Brown and Bill McCue <3

- Helen Dufel, 1st Assistant Scientist

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