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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer

December 15, 2014

An Island and a Gallery

Gabrielle Page, 2nd assistant scientist

The student’s beautiful journals were such a treat to see.

Noon Position
18° 01.0’N x 063° 03.2’ W

At anchor in Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten

Ahoy from the Corwith Cramer! Today marked our arrival to our second port stop of the trip: the island of Sint Maarten/St. Martin. Before settling in the clear blue waters of our anchorage, the “on” watch had a busy morning preparing for our arrival. In lab, a flurry of students and scientists collected some last pieces of data before our time in port. In addition to our loyal Neuston net, we deployed our dip net to collect Sargassum as well as our Tucker Trawl net in search of plastic pieces in the water column. On deck, all hands were collectively focused on maneuvering ship through busy traffic and making our approach to our anchorage.

After a lovely lunch shared by all hands, the entire ship’s company gathered for a wonderful afternoon of relaxation and celebration – not to mention an art gallery! As we were all invited to a display of the students’ journals, we got to admire the beautiful work that they have put in to their entries, diagrams and watercolors. I’m sure I can speak for all crew members when I say I was amazed at the skill of the drawings and the hard work that students have put in documenting their experience all through our voyage.

Whether they showed a sketch of a town scene, explained the ins and outs of celestial navigation, or depicted island flora or marine organisms, all entries were wonderful to see and testify to how much students have seen and learned. Some delicious sorrel tea made by Jeff and fine music played by Annie completed the scene of the loveliest shipboard gallery I had ever seen. Since few things can top off a hot afternoon like a dip in the Caribbean Sea, we were lucky enough to cool off during a swim call later in the day. And in the evening, shipmates broke out decks of cards and chatted under the stars - a fine ending to another beautiful day aboard the Corwith Cramer.

All things set aside, I feel lucky to have sailed this far with such a wonderful group of people. I tip my hat to the crew of C256.

- Gabrielle

PS: les Pages, j’ai mega absolument trop hate de vous voir. A bientot les cocos.

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

[Note from Victoria Smith, on shore illustration & journal sketching instructor]
During the shore component we had several opportunities to learn drawing techniques and practice these skills in the field on trips to Quisset Harbor, Falmouth center, and the Woods Hole Aquarium. Our main goals were to hone observation skills and train our brains, eyes and muscles to translate what we see in 3 dimensions to 2 dimensional drawings or paintings on paper. Some of these skills included gesture sketching (“fast and loose” sketching), blind contour drawings, figure sketching, foreshortening, basic color theory for watercolors, and how to incorporate labeling and written observations into a composition. On our field trips, we recorded places by drawing landscapes, people, shops, flora and fauna and included notes and written observations to help document our visit and the interesting things we experienced. Mostly, we laughed a great deal, especially practicing blind contour drawings and figure sketching where students served as our models. It was great fun and hope they love what they created and will certainly have an amazing journal to remember their adventures.

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