SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
November 02, 2019
A Culture of Creativity
18°19.8’ N x 058°36.4’ W
Ship’s Heading, Speed and sail plan
240°T, 7kts, Stormtris’l and Forestays’l
ExS Wind and squalls.
Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to watch TV or movies and the only entertainment we had was the entertainment we created for ourselves. My childhood was marked with grand, fantastical make-believe adventures lasting for weeks at a time. We would time travel, building papyrus boats out of reeds from my mother’s garden or by wearing the 18th century walking dresses my aunt made for us and embroidering napkins out on the back lawn. We would draw, play dress-up using sheets and blankets, we built epic forts out of bamboo and put on plays of our favorite fairy-tales. As I grew, the 21 century began to creep in. We started watching TV much more frequently and I currently find myself in my spare time playing on my phone and watching Netflix. Modern technology is an incredible resource with many positive implications, however, I find myself using it mostly as a convenient way to alleviate boredom.
However, boredom is the catalyst of creativity and being aboard the Cramer, with no digital distraction, has nurtured a culture of creativity that I have not experienced in a long time. You can always find somebody creating, whether it be wooden figurines, rig knife handles, embroidery, baking or making music, the ship is constantly teeming with productive energy. I am starting to re-remember the joy, the satisfaction and the sense of community that come with learning and creating. The knowledge that you have made something, that you have somehow contributed to the betterment of yourself and others fulfills an innate human need to be useful and important. I know everyone aboard the Cramer will come away from this experience having grown into better, more knowledgeable people. However, knowledge does not always come from learning new information, sometimes knowledge comes in the form of remembrance. I am incredibly thankful to the community aboard the Cramer for helping me to remember just how important creativity is.
P.S. To everyone back home, I love and miss you guys!
- Riley Palmer, Sailing Intern, A Watch