SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
October 20, 2019
Living in Community
36 degrees, 59.8’ N x 063 degrees, 34.9’ W
Ship’s Heading, Speed and sail plan
145 degrees, 7.3 kts, motor sailing under the stays’ls
some clouds, nicer wind and seas than before
If you've read any previous blogs, you may have learned or seen that life on a ship is fairly different from life on land. Our physical location, being on the open ocean on a sailing ship, is only one defining factor of our experience. Possibly of equal significance and impact is how we are part of a community on the ship. Once you step on board, you become part of something bigger than yourself, and consequently must learn your role within the big picture.
I see our ship community having two parts: the learning community and the living community.
Our learning community is comprised of all the like-minded individuals in our crew: people who love the ocean, who love learning, and who love having new experiences. Academic discussions are frequent, and class topics carry over into snack time conversations. It is encouraging to be surrounded by such people, for it makes you want to keep learning and growing as well.
The second part is our living community. On the ship, we all have to contribute to our safety, health, and wellbeing≈the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. So, we take turns doing daily chores, washing dishes, cooking, and taking care of the ship≈today for instance, was our weekly Field Day, where we deep clean everything. If you have been to summer camp, perhaps you have some idea of this communal living style. There is a saying that we have here at SEA: ship, shipmates, self. We care for the ship first, then look out for our ship mates, and as a result, we have everyone else looking out for us.
I look forward to seeing how our crew bonds together through learning and living aboard the Cramer!
- Jenna Lilly, C Watch
PS: *hi sister!* Happy birthday! ? Love to family and friends reading this. See you in St. Croix fam!