SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
July 28, 2014
Three Days in Lisbon cont’d
38°00.0N x 010°49.5W
~95 NM SW of Lisbon, Portugal
N at Force 5
7/8 coverage of Cumulus
Ahoy! This is Laura and Evan from C watch, checking in:
(Laura) After only three days in Lisbon (or Lisboa, in Portuguese), we are underway and sailing the blue waters off the Spanish coast again. As we begin the last leg of C-254 towards Cadiz, Neptune seems rather moody. We are currently experiencing 6-7 ft seas that are occasionally spraying any unsuspecting shipmate who happens to pass by. No worries, though, mom; we have the doglines rigged, we only walk clipped in with our harnesses on the high side, and we are keeping the night lookout posted aft on the quarter deck. I am used to hugging the walls by now in order to get around, but these rollers sure do make it tough to cook in the galley. Shout out to all the SEA stewards who never fail to create all kinds of masterpieces for us to enjoy; even in conditions like these! We love you Lauren! And can never thank you enough for all that you do. Sorry for forgetting to wake you up on time this morning!
(Evan) Our whirlwind weekend in Lisbon included plenty of great food, music, and company. Professor Dan took us on a short walking tour towards the flat seaside district of Belem, which had a number of monuments, museums, and contemporary restaurants. We saw a huge stone monument dedicated to Portuguese explorers which was made during a period of Fascist rule. After another hike, we came to the world class Maritime Museum, filled with artifacts, models, and artwork. It was so rich with material that I took an hour just to walk through the first hallway. Another portion of the museum housed full-sized ships, racing craft, plenty of royal barges used to cart around nobility, and three restored floatplanes. The students were cut loose for the remainder of the day, a whopping ten hours!
(Evan) I joined Ships Engineer Tom and another student, Meara, on a visit to the Fado museum in the Alfama district of Lisbon. Fado is a melancholy musical genre developed in Lisbon over the past few centuries by the working class, and usually includes a passionate singer accompanied by a Portuguese guitar and/or a standard classical guitar. Tom met several Fado musicians during one of his previous excursions, and invited us to join him at a small restaurant (even smaller than the main saloon!) for dinner while they played. He even joined them for a duet with his Banjo, an instrument apparently unknown to the Portuguese. Many other SEA students and staff appeared for the performance.
One last thing from Laura- I just want to say I love you mom, dad, Dave, gram, Taylor Ann, Kimberly, Jazzy & Lizzy, Dominique & James, Michelle, WHOI friends, S-246 shipmates, and Tyler. Thanks for supporting me and encouraging me to always dream big. I cant wait to share these latest adventures with you all soon!
Laura & Evan