SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
January 16, 2017
B Watch Up High; Drill, Drill, Drill!
17° 47.4’ N x 065° 18.4’ W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
010° PSC, 3.7 Knots
Main sail, Mainstays’l, Forstays’l
85 Degrees, Partly Cloudy with Moderate Winds
My day began at 0100 this morning. C Watch was posted at dawn watch (0100 to 0700), and I was in need of a nap. After a delicious breakfast, that is exactly what I did. So my day really began at 1145. At this time, I could hear B Watch preparing to go aloft, high above the deck in the rigging of the ship. This event is one of utmost importance on our voyage. The crew have tantalized us all with the opportunity to go aloft. But first, we need to complete some training; the crew needs to make sure everyone is properly equipped with the knowledge and skills to go aloft, which involves reading several safety documents as well as some hands on line training. Lucky for them, B Watch was the first group to complete the training.
After the excitement of B Watch going aloft had worn down, the crew and students settled in for lunch followed shortly after by class. At the end of class, the Captain informed us that we would be doing some surprise drills. She then yelled out “ fire, fire, fire in the galley, this is a drill!” Like clockwork, students and crew alike carried out their tasks in no time. A Watch manned the hoses, B Watch secured the ship’s rigging and sails, and C Watch sealed the ship's ventilation. When all was said and done, the Captain told us that we all performed very well and that she was impressed with how quickly we picked up our roles having only been on the ship for a few days.
It’s comforting to know that if we were ever to encounter a real emergency, I have confidence we would carry out our duties to the fullest extent possible.