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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer

August 03, 2016

Work & Play on Board

Tanner N. Tillotson, Chief Engineer

Historic Seaports

Much Merriment

Current Position
36° 31.9’ N x 006° 17.2’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed

Sail Plan

Sunny and clear

Souls on Board

Chief Engineer reporting in again.  Sailing is lot of work, and the students and deck crew are kept busy by rolling waves, wind shifts, double-jibes, and setting/striking canvas.  Equally busy are the scientists in the lab, the stewards in the galley, and the engineers doing whatever it is we do.  Same can be said of Professor Dan, holding class every day, setting up lessons, and helping/motivating students to finish their projects.  With all this work that you’ve heard so much about, it’s time, I think, for a look at the lighter side of this voyage.

Despite how busy we are, (or perhaps because of) we find time for a bit of entertainment aboard the ship.  The stewards are rarely alone in their galley – it seems like everyone finds a moment to gab with them.  Whether this is of more benefit to the stewards or the crew is perhaps a question with a circular answer – we certainly don’t want the stewards to go crazy (too late, some would argue) as a happy steward means a happy ship.

Games are often afoot in the main salon – our own variant of Whist (which Morgan has decried as “false Whist”) is the most popular, however Bananagrams is a close second.  Cribbage has been popular in the past, but I haven’t seen anyone playing it on C-268.  We’ve also seen an eclectic collection of other games aboard: Fluxx, Love Letter(both Pokémon and Batman editions), and an interesting naval-themed game called “Almirantes” (Admirals) that Clint picked up in Lisbon.  We’re still getting the hang of this one, but I do have one thing to say: Clint, you poked the bear.

Music is also a popular diversion.  Campbell, Ed, and Nina have all, separately or together, been sighted and heard playing some guitar on the foredeck in the evenings.  Sara practices her viola.  A few unnamed individuals have been kicked off the quarterdeck for distracting the helmsman with a capella pop songs.

Knitting is popular amongst the officers this trip, and of course there are the usual sailorly-crafts: turk’s heads, braided bracelets, thump mats, leatherwork, and a wooden plaque dedicated to the old boiler.(in progress)

And lastly, tonight we have Swizzle: a SEA Semester end-of-program tradition, everybody gets together for a talent show that serves as a “last hurrah” for the crew of the Cramer before we all go our own separate ways.  This year, we have a variety of acts to look forward to, from “Willie’s Whale Facts” to a dramatic recital of “The Cremation of Sam Magee”, and the traditional favorite, “Cap’n Tyin’ Knots”.

I hope everyone at home has enjoyed following our travels, and as our trip wraps up, if there’s a sailor you’re missing, I urge you to send them a message.  It’s always nice to find a full inbox upon our painful return to “the real world”.  ¡Adios!

- Tanner

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Historic Seaports of Western Europe, • Topics: c268  port stops  spain • (0) Comments
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