SEA Currents: c259a
May 26, 2015
Docked in Woods Hole MA
After spending the night anchored in Menemsha Bight off the island of Martha’s vineyard, our voyage together came to an end bringing SSV Corwith Cramer back to her home port in Woods Hole for the first time since she departed almost a year earlier. There was a crowd to greet us on Dyer’s dock in this historic maritime village as we approached alongside Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Research Vessel Atlantis (with the submersible Alvin on board) and timed our arrival between the big Martha’s Vineyard ferries.
May 25, 2015
Returning to the Corwith Cramer
Stepping aboard the Corwith Cramer almost 30 years after young, petrified, history-major-me sailed on the first student voyage of this very ship (C-100 in 1988) I was overcome with a flood of emotion and familiarity. In both a metaphorical and intellectual sense, I was arriving back home. Even without a ship tour I already instinctively remembered and understood every nook and cranny of the ship—thirty years later. After only 6 weeks aboard, thirty years ago, this ship and its mission had been indelibly printed on my psyche. Why?
May 24, 2015
First Day at Sea
Hauling up the anchor south of Brooklyn marked our first full day at sea as we began to sail through the day and night and began our first 24-hour cycle of watch rotations alongside informative classes on the quarter deck, weather and navigation reports, scientific deployments and lab work. The boat staff of captain, scientists, mates, engineers, deckhands and stewards were the best of teachers allowing for our group of participants to learn the many tasks required to keep a ship on course while fulfilling its mission to pursue scientific studies.
May 23, 2015
NYC-Woods Hole Colleague Voyage sets sail (C-259A)
We’re underway. We all arrived safely this morning to the SSV Corwith Cramer, which was tied-up at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park, under brilliant blue skies. After the SEA crew welcomed everyone aboard (there are 33 of us, SEA crew and colleagues) and stowed our gear, we started getting to know one another and learn about life on the ship. We were organized into three watch groups, where we learned about the ship’s operations, line handling, boat checks, and science deployments.