SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
May 22, 2019
Thanks to Everyone for a Wonderful Voyage
Tarpaulin Cove, Massachusetts
Course & Speed
To Woods Hole
Fine, fresh breeze from northwest
Limericks in Honor of the C-285A Company
(written by Jonathan Levine, and read to everyone’s delight at our last night’s celebration aboard Cramer)
I’d never before been to sea
So I boarded with trepidity.
But, Captain and crew,
My thanks go to you:
The Cramer’s been fine company!
At the outset, I’d felt quite uneasy.
I worried about feeling queasy.
But Corinna didn’t fail
To keep me off the rail
With those pills she dispensed over easy.
It’s no trifle to cook for a crowd,
Yet for all our diets you ‘llowed.
What you made in the galley
Was right up our alley
And at every meal we were wowed.
Though we sailed in the middle of May,
While the Gulf Stream was still far away,
Nate kept b’lowdecks warm,
Made the engine perform,
And philosophized during the day.
Allison, Rocky, and Biz,
Thanks for showing me what sailing is.
I still couldn’t do it,
But talking me through it
At least showed me where I’d fail the quiz.
Sciencewise, I never knew
Even what makes seawater look blue.
But our data did show –
And so now I know –
It is greener where more plankton grew.
Scientists, you I admire.
You work watch after watch and don’t tire.
With patient devotion,
You sample the ocean,
Gath’ring data by net and by wire.
Benton Scholars here’s one verse for you.
I’m impressed by the things that you do.
You worked ‘til all hours,
Cultivated new powers,
And cared for each other all through.
Amy, this trip began in your brain.
That you’ve planned it for months is quite plain.
You took me to a place,
Where, even if not Space,
Well, at least you can’t get there by train.
Captain, you run a fine ship.
I’ve enjoyed every day of this trip.
Thanks for guiding our track
With your great almanac.
You are quick to encourage – or quip.
My limerick muse has now past,
So I’ll come to the end – wow, at last.
Watches A, B, and C,
Thanks for not telling me,
“You can rhapsodize, but make it fast!”
- Jonathan Levine, Colgate University Faculty