SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
May 26, 2015
Docked in Woods Hole MA
41° 31.2N x 070° 40.1W
Dyers Dock, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
After spending the night anchored in Menemsha Bight off the island of Martha’s vineyard, our voyage together came to an end bringing SSV Corwith Cramer back to her home port in Woods Hole for the first time since she departed almost a year earlier. There was a crowd to greet us on Dyer’s dock in this historic maritime village as we approached alongside Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Research Vessel Atlantis (with the submersible Alvin on board) and timed our arrival between the big Martha’s Vineyard ferries. Aboard Cramer were the same people who joined the boat in New York City, but there was a noticeable difference in our demeanor after working and living together for the past 4 days at sea. As Captain Virginia Land McGuire stated in her final address, we are shipmates now and forever. To borrow language suggested by participant George Vrtis, a group of strangers interested in interdisciplinary education, off-campus study, and field work were forged by the intense, collaborative ship environment into a team, working together to accomplish common goals. They now understand what is special about SEA Semester programs, and hopefully will be able to translate that enthusiasm and understanding to students and others on their home campuses.