SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
September 03, 2018
Williams-Mystic program gets underway
At anchor, Menemsha Bight, Martha's Vineyard.
The Williams-Mystic F18 class left Mystic, CT Sunday morning and boarded the SSV Corwith Cramer in busy Woods Hole, MA Sunday just before lunch. After some orientation from the ship's professional crew, we cast off our dock lines and headed for an overnight anchorage in quiet Menemsha Bight, Martha's Vineyard.
We plan to be sailing through the nights for most of the rest of our 10 days aboard Corwith Cramer, taking turns sailing the ship and running science operations, and sleeping. The students are divided into three groups, or watches, and they will take turns with responsibility for the ship for 4 or 6 hours at a time, under the direction of their watch officers.
At anchor, we continued orientation and safety training until sunset. Then, the stewards delighted us with a hearty meal of spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread, and soon after, the students tucked into their bunks for a full night of sleep at anchor. This morning we continued our training: including learning to furl sails on the bowsprit and practice deploying scientific gear. C watch even brought back a sample of the seafloor, some black Menemsha Mud, along with a quahog and dozens of slipper limpets.