SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
May 06, 2017
The Others and Swizzle
31°45.8’N x 064°46.2’W
Description of location
36 miles southwest of Bermuda
Weather / Wind
Nearly 10 ft swells, winds F6, cloudy and not too cold
Those of you back home keeping up with the blog have become familiar with our regular watch standers – that is, the students and staff of A, B, and C watches. However, there is another group of people on board: collectively, we are known as the Others. We are the UARV pilot, Dylan, the Lab Hand, Kata, the fearless leaders Captain Jason and Chief Scientist Laura, the engineer, Kelly, our visiting scientist from the office, Georgie, and myself, the Steward. We do not stand watch, but we have a multitude of ‘other’ responsibilities on board (hence the name). I’m here to give you a little insight into the daily life of a steward here at SEA. Feeding 31 people 6 times a day is no small feat, but the support from my daily assistant steward along with the gratitude of the whole crew make it all worth it.
I give myself at least 2 hours to make a meal for this many people – additionally, our stove, affectionately known as Roxy, is a diesel powered diva who can be hard to predict (will the rice take 90 minutes or 3 hours to cook?). I also remember all of the dietary needs of our crew – we have 4 vegans, 5 vegetarians (1 of whom is also gluten free and lactose free), 6 dairy free (but who eat meat – except for 1 who only eats white meat and 1 who is a vegetarian), and an additional gluten free person. We also have a mild nut allergy, a banana allergy, and a mango skin allergy on board. All of this is information I need to remember to make sure everyone remains happy, healthy, and well fed! In addition to making all of the food for the crew, I am the morale officer. I am here to make sure the entire crew stays in good spirits – even if we’re hove-to for days stuck in a gale and the rain is blowing sideways (thankfully we’ve had exceptional weather so far this trip and have yet to experience this scenario *knocks on wood*).
The first big morale event happened this afternoon. We call it Swizzle – it’s part talent show, part comedy act, part party, and 100% fun. We celebrated our 18 day open ocean passage from Nassau to Bermuda (we’re still
waiting for our first sight of land). Megs of A watch and Anna of B watch were elected as MCs, and in place of afternoon class/field day, we had our Swizzle! We kicked off the event with a toast to Neptune and to our voyage with my signature proprietary Swizzle Punch® (don’t worry parents, it’s alcohol free). Acts included singing, dramatic re-enactments, knot escaping, and story-telling. It was a wonderful way to end leg 1 of our journey.
Tomorrow we head into Bermuda for a week long port call filled with field trips, beach days, and ice cream. Stay tuned to find out how these new sea-goers manage being back on land!
P.S. – a shout out to my mom, dad, rocks, mads, and lex – can’t wait to see you all soon and actually be home for a decent amount of time!