SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
March 07, 2014
C251 Web Blog - 07 March 2014
12° 35.8’N x 061° 28.9’W
At Anchor in Union Island
26°C. Winds EXS Force 2, ESE Force 1. Cloud cover is 2/8 and Cumulus.
Today we reached our second port stop, Union Island. It was nice to go ashore today and to still know that we all have our land legs after over yet another week at sea. It took the Cramer a few tries to anchor in the harbor this morning, but third time is the charm. Due to the delay in anchoring the ship, field day has been pushed back until tomorrow. Field day is when all hands split up tasks and complete a thorough cleaning of the ship. After the anchor was set it was time for an all hands meeting on the Quarter Deck. A surprise was in order to celebrate Jesss birthday. Some crew members had told Jess to go empty the plastic trash just before mustering on the Quarter Deck. When Jess came to the Quarter Deck he was met with a Happy Birthday sign, a signed card made out of old sail cloth and signed from the crew, and red velvet cupcakes.
After the celebration it was time for a special treat. Captain Rappaport announced that the crew and students could participate in a swim in the pool(aka the ocean). For swimming sessions off of the boat there are a few rules. Rule 1: NO DIVING!!! Rule 2: Thou shalt only swim on the port side of the Cramer. All of the students changed into their swimsuits and enjoyed a short swim before lunch. After the pool it was time for lunch and then the students and crew got to go ashore for the afternoon on Union Island. Reflecting back on the past few weeks, I have not only learned a lot about the ship, but I have learned a lot about myself. If there is anywhere to test your abilities, it is on a research boat in the middle of the ocean without the reassurance of the internet at your fingertips. The end of this week concludes Phase II of the trip. Phase II is when students take turns shadowing their watch officers to train for becoming junior watch officers.
It is so interesting doing watches from the watch officer perspective. You have to constantly be thinking ahead. As a junior watch officer you are responsible for rotating crew on you watch every hour through tasks like helm and lookout, navigation, and planning and executing sailing maneuvers. It is one thing to be a crew member handling the sailing lines and listening to commands, but you are truly tested in your knowledge of how the ship works when asked to command the watch in maneuvers such as gybing or double gybing the ship. Shadowing as a junior watch officer has showed me that I have come a long way, but that there is still so much more to learn. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of the ship even more as the cruise goes on.
Fair winds and following seas,