SEA Currents: caribbean.
February 29, 2016
Leapin’ through Samana because we wanna
Happy Leap Year, friends and family back home! Today was our second day anchored in Samana Bay, Dominican Republic. Yesterday we remained on board, however today we spent a long day out exploring this island. Our day began with a beautiful sunrise and some delicious pancakes that Maddie assisted on, followed by several tours throughout different areas of Samana. Our fantastic tour guide Wilfredo Benjamin Kelly accompanied us all day and taught us about the history of the town (we learned that the majority of the people of Samana have English last names because of the diverse cultures represented).
February 28, 2016
A Great Day
Ahoy! Today started off with our lovely B watch bringing Mamma Cramer into Samana Bay. I was on dishes, but above deck there were whale sightings all around! Do not worry, there was still much excitement later in the day even after all of the whale action yesterday. This time, though, we were not the only spectators. There were whale watching boats all around. After the excitement of whales, and anchoring, it was time to prepare for our afternoon festivities.
February 23, 2016
First Week Aboard
What a first week aboard for class C-264. We began in St. Croix, where we conducted orientation training and a few nice field trips in Christiansted under the guidance of Dr. Craig Marin and Dr. Jeff Schell. After a short sail, we anchored in St. John, and completed even more orientation training! In St. John, students and crew got a chance to check out the Annaberg plantation ruins and conduct a snorkel biodiversity survey in Waterlemon Cay, where the highlight was a nurse shark sighting.
February 18, 2016
The Basics of a Salty Caribbean Sailor
Yesterday was our first day on the open sea as we made our transit from Gallows Bay, St. Croix to our current mooring at Francis Bay, St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. While I would like to say it was a 100% delightful crossing, I spent a significant portion with my head stuck over the railing so as not to vomit on our beautiful ship. I am told by the crew that keeping your eyes on the horizon will help with the sea sickness and despite my regurgitation of breakfast, I am thankful for the view.
February 16, 2016
Day 1: Orientation and Field Trips
Today was our first full day of programming, and it was a busy one. The day started with more orientation to life aboard followed rather quickly by a field trip to a local snorkeling site, Cane Bay, where students conducted their first reef survey of Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program sea component. Under the direct supervision of faculty and staff, students set out to locate and tally marine life in and around the coral reef. It was a successful snorkel by all accounts, and we now have a base set of data for comparison with upcoming port stop surveys.
February 15, 2016
C-264: Sea component begins
Hello from the Sailing School Vessel Corwith Cramer and the ship’s company of trip C-264. All is well aboard and the student crew had a great day learning the ropes, taking part in safety drills and getting acquainted with their new home. We will get underway Wednesday for a short sail to St. John.
January 05, 2016
Colleague Voyage C-263B: First day orientation
At 0900 a group of 20 colleagues from colleges, universities, and organizations around the country boarded the brigantine Corwith Cramer at Gallows Bay in Christiansted, on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. After stowing their gear in assigned bunks below, participants mingled and explored their 134’ long home and world for the next 5 days. All hands mustered on the quarterdeck for an outline of the voyage plan and introductions - both the professional staff and the colleague participants themselves, who on this Sailing School Vessel are all working members of the crew.
December 17, 2015
Through the “Valley of Desolation” to a Boiling Lake!
Whenever the crew talked about Dominica’s boiling lake, I apparently had something else in mind. I imagined a lake with some bubbles coming to the surface, much like the first sets up bubbles that appear in ones pot as they’re boiling water for some pasta. I imagined wrong, completely wrong.
December 16, 2015
And now for some cloud poetry from the ship’s company:
With clear skies and the sun shining,
I miss the days of us together.
Cumulus clouds perfectly combining,
We were one, you as my lover.
December 15, 2015
Swizzle & Swim Call
Today, A Watch has the deck watch for 24 hours. Everyone else is ashore and Cramer is almost eerily quiet (except for the quiet hum of the generator and the occasional roar of a motor boat passing by). Since we dropped our anchor yesterday morning, I’ve been struck mainly by the calm that has come over the ship. We are still doing boat checks every hour and taking bearings on landmarks to make sure we’re not dragging our anchor. We still spent today doing ship’s work - getting rid of rust stains, maintaining and organizing tools, and cleaning.