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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer


May 06, 2018

Hanging on the headrig

Kelsey Lane, A Watch, 1st Assistant Scientist

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A Watch hanging out together on the headrig

Current Position
31* 20.2’N x 064*16.8’W

Course & Speed
North at 3 knots

Sail Plan
Running under the two stays’ls

Weather
Sunny with some lovely force 4 winds

Souls on board

The siren call of a port stop is upon us.  We're all looking forward to talking to loved ones and friends, eating some ice cream, and stretching our legs, but there's something bittersweet about losing the simplicity of a life underway.  Land represents connectivity,  turning on the phone and the alarm clock and the laptop, replugging after all this time.  I crave the mental space, creative energy, and general freedom that comes from an unplugged life, but this is probably why I have worked here as an Assistant Scientist for the last five years.

We all took in and enjoyed this last day underway before the outside world comes rushing in tomorrow.  C Watch went aloft for the first time.  B Watch enjoyed the sunrise and sunset.  A Watch went out on the headrig for our watch meeting.  I'm on A watch and I love watch meetings.  This one was really fun.  It's a unique time for our watch to gather off watch, without the stresses and responsibilities of keeping the ship and lab safe that make up most of our time together.  We played some games and laughed and planned our themed outfits for that afternoon's watch (it was a family road trip, come in character!)  In just a few minutes, I'll head up on deck to a jam session with some shipmates, using our guitars, mandolin, fiddles and voices to fill the void left by our electronics.  I might miss listening to music the most of all the things we turn off when we get underway, but I love the incentive to make my own music.  My instrument comes out more when I'm on the ships than when I'm at home.  We make our own entertainment, music, food, repairs, and lifestyle here over these many long miles at sea.  Soon we'll get a chance to replenish ourselves and the ship in Bermuda.

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Reactions

#1. Posted by Liz Gill on May 07, 2018

A Watch!! Woot Woot.


#2. Posted by gwendolyn nahnsen on May 07, 2018

hi sweetie

i have been following the blog…hope you are having a wonderful experience.  which watch are you with?

hope you had a great birthday.  sad not to be with you for 21…but a great way to celebrate….heading out to sea.

be in touch if you can when you get to bermuda…today?

i love you so much.

m


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