SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
November 17, 2019
18° 19’ N x 064° 46’ W
Ship’s Heading, Speed and sail plan
At anchor Rendezvous Bay, St. John
Winds light from the north east, partly cloudy with occasional, welcome showers.
Much has happened for the Corwith Cramer and her crew over the weekend. We shifted anchorages to Rendezvous Bay, held final Oceanography Presentations and celebrated everyone’s creativity with a Cramer Art gallery. That was Saturday! Sunday we treated our bunks, the entirety of Cramer and then ourselves to a good cleaning and then celebrated with a final Swizzle Event showcasing the many talents of the crew. It is difficult to recount all of the details now as we approach our final destination, Christiansted, St. Croix so I will allow some pictures to fill in the details.
To wrap things up however, I would like to share with you my final message to the students after presenting the last Science Report of the cruise in which I summarized all the deployments completed during C-288.
“Thank you for all the hard and meticulous work. Thank you for all of the data represented on the board. Congratulations and a round of applause to the Cramer, her Captain and all the crew that made this possible.
To the students – you have learned your jobs well as sailors and as scientists. The miles passed safely under the keel while at sea attest to the former and the depth of your oceanography presentations are ample proof of the latter. You have honed your observations skills and paid attention to the details. For the data, for science, such attention is essential and you have excelled.
However, there are some data points that no scientific instrument can measure. There are some observations that cannot be seen or heard or smelled but only felt. More important than all of these numbers are the experiences shared, the memories made, the friendships formed, and the lasting bonds among shipmates that can only be forged through the earned trust in each other to do your job and keep the ship safe.
Know this, we have taught you how to be sailors and scientists and you have learned those lessons well. But what the world really needs are good shipmates, and that is where you have truly shined.
It has been a pleasure and an honor to sail with each and every one of you and I sincerely hope we sail together again soon!”
Thanks for following along, I hope you have enjoyed our story.
P.S. To family and friends ashore. Love you, miss you, see you soon!