SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
May 15, 2016
41°30.022’N x 071° 14.138’W
Description of location
At anchor in the Sakonnet River, Rhode Island
Calm, Cold, 11.5°C, winds NxW
Greetings from the Corwith Cramer! We are currently anchored off of Aquidneck Island on the Sakonnet River in Rhode Island. An anchor watch is currently in effect which means that the watch responsibilities we had at sea have changed to fit the needs of the ship. On anchor watch, we continue doing boat/safety checks in addition to taking bearings from objects on land and checking the ranges on the radar to make sure the boat is not dragging. We will be heading to Newport on Tuesday.
Having joined C-266 in Bermuda, I was welcomed by the SEA faculty, crew, and students and placed in the A watch group. On watch, I have learned new nautical terms, stood at the helm and on lookout, participated in boat and engine safety checks, sorted through the Neuston tow, and helped in the galley. One of my favorite tasks on watch has been striking and then furling the jib out on the bow sprint. This task requires a lot of communication and coordination among the group and when the task is complete, everyone feels very accomplished. Plus, walking out on the bow sprint (with a harness on, of course) is really fun!
It has been a pleasure learning from and getting to know the students and crew. I have been very impressed by the professionalism, leadership, confidence, and work ethic onboard the Cramer. I am thankful to have joined this leg of the voyage and to have shared this experience with C-266.