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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer

June 21, 2014

C253 Web Blog 21 June 2014

Ryan Furey, C watch, Harvard University


Sayzie and the boys going all out in “Cramer idol”. Photo cred: Maggie Cozen

50° 10.1’‘N x 021° 1.3’‘W
068° T
6 kts
14° C and partly cloudy with relatively calm seas

Hey there friends and family,
Another day has again passed astern of us, chasing after the setting sun on its daily routine. The Cramer and her crew, however, are persistently powering eastward with our eyes on the horizon, our sails full, and our pre-arrival to-do lists endless. Our responsibilities in lab and on deck have increased with the program’s evolution to its “Junior Watch Officer and “Junior Lab Officer” phase, where once students are now the leaders expected to maintain the integrity of the ship and her endeavors with care and precision. Along with everyone’s routine ship duties, the scientists aboard are scurrying to analyze data and connect dots, and the leadership developers are putting final touches on their reflections about life aboard a unique environment.

Not all aboard the Cramer, though, is routine; in fact, times when status quo is changed are often most exciting. It could be a North Atlantic Luau, a trip aloft, a gimbled-table failure, or a sighting of a pilot whale pod. Today it was cleaning. For those following the blog closely, you know our battle with “the mung” is a never ending mission. It is remarkable how quickly the mung army rallies given our attentiveness to a constant defense via sponge. We narrowly escaped defeat in the galley but made up for it with a strong victory in the aft cabin with a little inspiration from Bruce Springsteen.

Although we are all exhausted and relentlessly busy, we’ve still managed to find the time to appreciate the fact that we are sailing in the middle of the North Atlantic on a tall ship. With the arrival of nice weather over the last few days, it has been easy to find time to relax on the bowsprit or aloft, work on a turk’s head, or craft a wallet out of an old jib and some thread. Most of us would agree that Ireland is not far enough away and would prefer not to re-integrate into life on land. Who knows, some of us might not!


From the SEA crew to sailors worldwide: shout-out to the summer ‘sailstice’!

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