SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
October 01, 2015
The Long Awaited Moment Has Finally Arrived
Alongside the dock in Barcelona, Spain
Well, here we are. Every critical moment we have undergone in our preparation for SEA Semester – the lengthy application process, the thorough period of studying in Woods Hole, the exhausting trip to Barcelona – have finally culminated in what we all came here for: The Ship. I first witnessed the Corwith Cramer with my own two eyes at 8:30 am on Monday, September 28 after a long night of flying complete with a rushed trip through JFK and a lost passport scare at the Barcelona airport. However, despite the stress I had already experienced the 24 hours prior, seeing the Cramer for the first time was thrilling and uplifting. I remember being taken aback by the ship. Josh Reed and myself had already spent twenty minutes or so aimlessly wandering Port Vell, pausing at every ship that subtly resembled the images we had imprinted in our brains of the famous Corwith Cramer; “maybe that’s it”…“could that be it over there?” Still, each supposed ship was underwhelming until we finally rounded the corner at the Maremagnum Mall, next to which the Cramer was tied up. “That’s it,” I remember saying. There was no question about it. My first view of the ship was staggering. There is something so magnificent about the Cramer that makes it stands out against any other ship in the harbor. It has a presence.
To say the first couple days on the ship have been a whirlwind would be an understatement. I’ve learned the names of sails and lines, I’ve replaced “kitchen” and “bathroom” with “galley” and “head”, I’ve swabbed the deck. All of this brand new information and experience and I am still nowhere near saying I have done and learned it all. It’s no secret – the learning curve here is as steep as it gets. But that is what makes it all so thrilling. Never in my scholarly history have I sat down in the first day of a class with so much enthusiasm about what I was about to learn over the course of the semester. Here, the inevitability of copious amounts of new knowledge and experiences is electrifying. It is real. In just under a day we will finally be taking to the sea for the first time, a moment both terrifying and invigorating. At this point in time, the curiosity, the eagerness, and the total mystification are at their all-time high. I cannot wait for the nerves to settle, the information to register, and the flow of life on the Cramer to fully sink in. I am ready for the full experience to begin. Let’s do this thing.
P.S. Hi Mom, Dad, Chapin, and Puddles. Missing you all. Cannot wait to see you in six weeks.