SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
March 16, 2015
Tribute to C257 Crew
Sailing 12 nm west of Grenada
I learned just yesterday that Leonard Nimoy had very recently passed away. I was taken aback, being a viewer of the Star Trek series old and new, and having Spock as an inspiration for myself. He was the chief scientist aboard the Starship Enterprise, advising Kirk's every move with or without being asked to do so. One of the aspects of Spock that has inspired me, was the fact that he was so very aware and knowledgeable; unafraid to state his opinion about a matter or if he was in doubt. Efficient and logical, Vulcans were able to have a heightened sense and thought process than humans were limited to. Yet Spock was half Vulcan, half human and brought emotion into his life where other Vulcans could not. This quality of Spock allowed him, as a living being, to bring a reasonable, rational and well-rounded logical thought processes into the enviable chaos of space and time, saving him and his fellow crew members from many impending disasters.
Such is that found upon the open ocean, where the sea cares not for our progress and we are at the complete mercy of its unmatchable power. Such logical and efficient thinking is found aboard the Corwith Cramer, with her 33 bright and able individuals, ready to do whatever it takes to ensure the safety and success of our C257 voyage. Our community onboard somewhat embodies that of Spock, using our collective efforts to efficiently complete duties aboard the ship, using each other for help if we don't have the correct action. Because if I don't know something, there is a very good chance that one of my fellow shipmates will know and vice versa. With the events of yesterday evening, Captain and crew all knew exactly what to do and where to go in this time of immediate action to assist Gavin. The way Spock held himself on board the Enterprise was how our crew held ourselves during our rescue mission, proud, confident and mindful. Our watch groups have entered what is known as the "shadow phase," and we are watching our mate's every move and action, so in turn we can do the same on our own to collectively be in charge of the deck as a watch.
It is important to note that without the collective efforts of each watch on this voyage, we would not have made it this far south, where we are currently sailing around Grenada! I woke up bright and early this morning after having midnight watch, to the smell of bacon and pancakes, and a beautiful Grenada in the far distance. Science was deploying their Secchi Disk, hydro cast, free CTD though interrupted by a floating fisherman's line which was caught on our hydro winch. They deployed a neuston tow and later a dip net (allowing me to get some more data for my project!). All students at the moment are hard at work finishing their oceanography projects, printing graphs and hypothesis, methods and conclusions. We are preparing for a Cramer Science Fair tomorrow, as well as welcoming students from St. Georges University of Grenada. Tomorrow is our time to show these studious individuals what the Cramer and her little sprouts are up to on Big Blue.
We strive to make this world a beautiful place to live so that all can live long and prosper with happiness and peace in our everyday stride.
Our watch has begun with the setting of the sun. There's nothing between me and the deep blue sea; except the stars on high to navigate by and a tall ship with her sails unfurled.