SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
December 18, 2018
“Los Dedos de Dios Rascando el Cielo”
19°08.35’N, 062°48.562’W, 50 nm NNE from Anguilla
I’ll start with an apology: I offer no photos to accompany this blog post. I took none at sunrise this morning, and frankly, if anyone else had, they could not do justice to what we saw. “The fingers of God Scraping the Sky.” As the sun’s dawning rays bathed the underside of the tropical clouds in pinks and purples, the dawn watch was joined by early risers stumbling on deck after a quiet and beautiful night of trades sailing. Conversations were few, furtive, and quiet as Cramer’s people faced east. Most simply stared at the birth of a new day, as three pillars of cloud stretched up from the main cloud line like fingers curling up into the heavens. As the sun finally broke the horizon, the seas shifted from dark grey, to green, to turquoise blue. And, as the sun climbed higher into the sky, the cloud fingers broke the sun’s rays into three distinct pinkish-purple beams reaching down to the sea.
This ship has been sailing in the service of science and the Eastern Caribbean reef systems on which our host communities rely. And the past blog posts from this amazingly talented, hard-working, focused, tight-knit, and giving community of students and crew have illustrated the work they all do. What struck me this morning, though, as the morning routine slowed to momentary lull to honor the sunrise, was that we sail for a lot more. Like the inadequacy of photographic equipment to capture this morning’s light show, I have no words to define what exactly that “more” is. But it’s here, aboard this ship, linking all aboard together into a community as resilient as any could ask. And it surrounds this ship, reminding all aboard of what’s at stake in our work.
Los dedos de Dios rascando el cielo.
- Matthew McKenzie, Ocean Science and Public Policy Instructor