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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

December 16, 2020

Bloodbath on the Cramer

Schuyler Luthy, C Watch, Colorado College

Above: Schuyler scheming on top of the charthouse; Below: The photo used to coax Sara into the library.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
25 54.5’N x 084 29.3’W

Ship Heading
090 degrees

Ship Speed
7.90 knots

Taffrail Log
2093 nm

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Southerly winds and seas at a force 4 with full alto stratus and cirrus cover, scattered squalls / head reaching on a port tack under the mainstays’l

Description of location
WSW of Sanibel Island

Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs
Many dolphins, flying fish, and one jaeger

Sargassum Observed last 24hrs
One clump of sargassum.

Science has a giant Portuguese man-o-war in the aquarium that was caught in the Neuston tow last night!

Souls on board

As we enter our final week at sea, a number of shipmates have been lost. Aleeya, Caroline, Aria, Kyrie, Lena, Drew, Emma B, Noah, Daniel, Nell, Lila, Olivia, and even Rocky have been brutally murdered! I know what you're thinking and although we did see a shark today, they are not really dead, just outwitted in the ship-wide hunger games challenge that began yesterday. I was originally going to write about shooting my first three point fix with the sextant and how it was a metaphor for life and lots of other metaphorical lovely things, but that's pretty boring in light of recent bloodshed.

The rules of the game are as follows: you are given a person, place, and object, you have 48 hours to get that person to hold that item in that location, and if you "kill" that person you will be tasked with completing their assignment. No forcing items into people's hands, no distracting shipmates from watch, and collusion is encouraged. I pride myself on being incredible at the board game Clue, which this is not at all like, but regardless made me feel pretty confident going into the selection. I chose Sara (the mate) in the library with a ten can (large tin can). I was up for the challenge. Most of you don't know Sara, but she is very observant and sneaky which worried me. But alas, I had the advantage that she wanted to look at some of my photos of the recent storm, which would bring her to the right location and we both were off watch today during class. I was ready to strike.

All I had to do was acquire the giant can, which brought me into the galley as I was on dish duty last night. Ashley and Katey helped me smash a can down flat and make it look like I was using it as some sort of craft. I was officially ready to murder Sara in cold blood and quite pleased with the alliance I had formed with the stewards. Unfortunately, my luck changed very quickly when Ashley and Katey came into the galley requesting I help them load milk into Dry Stores. What a mistake - I should not have trusted them. As they handed me carton after carton of milk I noticed Lindsay lurking with a suspicious milk carton in her hand. She handed it to me with a large grin on her face. Too bad for her I was smarter than that and investigated to find she had hidden a petri dish in between the cartons. I dramatically threw the cartons away and laughed in her face - did she really think I would be so easily thwarted?

The worst part of it all was that I had been betrayed, at least I get to live another day. With the precious knowledge that Lindsay had me with the petri dish in dry stores, I focused in. Class provided the perfect window and although Sara made me wait around for a while she sure did go into the library, and she sure did grab that can when I asked her to hold it for me!!!! I yelled 'bazinga, you're dead' and only felt slightly guilty when she asked if she could still look at the pictures.

Since then I continued on to kill Emma B in the lab with a deck brush. It was a little too easy considering we were doing a deck scrub and she is a helpful gal. I don't really think I will be the winner, but for now it is fun to conspire with my watch mates and it really makes the time go by faster - which I'm not sure I want considering we have so few days left together on the Cramer. I hope those who are blogging after me will keep a running update of who is in and who is out, I think that would be fun! Until then, I need to work on convincing Grace to hold an expo marker on the quarterdeck.

- Schuyler Luthy, C Watch, Colorado College

P.S. Hi people who know me. I hope you are still reading this and haven't forgotten about me. I certainly haven't forgotten about you guys. I miss everyone so much. I am still having fun. Poppa, I started reading Sapiens and it is super interesting - can't wait to discuss when I get home. Char, I really want nothing more than to curl up on the couch and watch a movie and gorge myself with candy, let's do that next week, okay? And Mom I'm sorry I cut bangs, it wasn't my best call. but also not my worst so you don't get to say 'I told you so' quite yet (I LOVE YOU).

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Caribbean Reef Expedition, • Topics: c295  life at sea  study abroad  science  sailing  gap year • (0) Comments
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