SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
January 20, 2019
Williams-Mystic students join SSV Corwith Cramer
19 N x 066 W, 30 nm north of San Juan, Puerto Rico
Greetings from SSV Corwith Cramer!
On Sunday, January 27, the Williams-Mystic S19 class joined SSV Corwith Cramer in San Juan just in time for lunch. For the last 48 hours or so, we have been busy learning ship operations, getting used to walking on a rolling ship, and enjoying being out at sea.
For many, of us, it is our first time out at sea. And as Melville wrote in Redburn, "People who have never gone to sea for the first time as sailors cannot imagine how puzzling and confounding it is."
Unlike Melville's protagonist, however, we have watch officers who are kind and patient teachers, and who allow us to ask lots of questions. From how to steer or furl sail, to how to wake people up for class or sanitize dishes, we have been learning specific methods to allow 37 people to safely and happily travel, live, and learn together on a ship only 40 meters long with three heads and two showers.
During orientation the first 24 hours, we got to know the parts of the ship and our responsibilities on board. Everyone participated in safety drills and we also conducted our first science deployments in San Juan Harbor.
Then we headed out to sea, into deep water north of San Juan. Two days in spirits are high. We are getting used to the routine and the warm tropical weather. The food has been amazing thanks to our fantastic stewards and we have even enjoyed some entertainment thanks to some talented students.
Stay tuned for more updates from our Offshore Field Seminar.