SEA Currents: c257
Note from Rick Jones
To the parents of my shipmates:
Spring is just now touching the Hudson Valley, where I just arrived, after enjoying the privilege of spending three weeks with the students and crew of C257. My seventeen year old twin boys greet me with hugs, which is about the best thing anyone can ask for when they’ve been away from loved ones.
Sam Beard’s Great Blog
Today marks the beginning of the third and final phase of our voyage, the JWO (Junior Watch Officer) phase. What this means is that the mates who have typically led the students in their Watches over the past few weeks will turn over command to the students. Every Watch a student will be assigned as JWO for their allotted time period and must lead their watch group in sailing the Cramer and keeping the ship and her crew safe.
Stocking up on food - Searching for monkeys
I usually make my way to the grocery store to buy food for myself or for my apartment, so from 1 to 4 people. But I have never been asked to buy enough vegetables and fruit to feed 33 people. Becky, Lillian, Harmony and I headed to the bustling market this morning around 0800. We bought all sorts of grub, from lemons, to lettuce, tomatoes, to spices, to massive papayas, and to conclude a full stock of bananas that weighed 58 lbs which was quite ‘entertaining’ to carry through the busy streets of Grenada!
Grenada Port Stop
Grenada has been delightfully welcoming!
Today we toured around the island of Grenada guided by a true professional - Mandoo Tours. We had the privilege to visit an amazing, working spice factory (Douglaston Estate), unique hot springs, as well as a historic Friday Night Fish Fry celebration in the town of Gouyave.
We’re good, but thank you anyway
“We’re good, but thank you anyway”, is a phrase we have used often on our Caribbean adventure in response to the many self-appointed “tour guides” and the local market venders who offer their services as we pass by on the street.
We were only approached a few times with these offers when wandering the streets of St. George in Grenada today.
Some Visitors Aboard
We’ve been anchored since yesterday morning just outside of St. George’s harbor, positioned at 12°02.9’ N X 61°45.6’W off of the Spice Island, also known as Grenada. Thankfully this time being firmly held in place by our two anchors. In the lee of the island, winds have been light, sometimes gusting to ten knots from the northeast, which have kept the Cramer pointed east towards St. George. I realized yesterday that this is the farthest south that I’ve ever been, and the strength of the sun down here is unbelievable.
Green Eggs and Ham
After snorkeling we anchored! Our agenda for the afternoon was the long anticipated oceanography poster board project. Made through all hours and watches of the night with scavenged materials, our class produced resourceful and informative posters. But beyond our posters themselves was the palpable enthusiasm for each one of our topics. James spent hours mixing acid to identify smelly sediment.
Tribute to C257 Crew
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.
A Remarkable Rescue by the SSV Corwith Cramer.
A watch awoke bright and early to relieve sleepy C watch. At 0700, we were well fed, dressed, and ready for the day. It was so beautiful this morning, only a few white puffy clouds hung high into the sky behind a pale blue backdrop that extended for miles. I was assigned to dish duty, so I quickly made my way down to the galley and got to work on the breakfast pots and pans. The silver lining of the person on dish duty is once they are finished, they have the opportunity to work with both deck and science.
What day is it?
Today Kat and I were assigned to do lab work, so my day started out doing the hourly log entry and six-minute observations. We were also tasked to carry out a SUPER STATION! And it is a super-station because we deployed the Secchi Disk, free CTD, Neuston Tow, and Dip Net. But today is not like any other day where we heave-to and deploy the equipment whenever we are ready, no no no. Today is a special day because it’s…pi day!