SEA Currents: caribbean.
December 15, 2014
An Island and a Gallery
Ahoy from the Corwith Cramer! Today marked our arrival to our second port stop of the trip: the island of Sint Maarten/St. Martin. Before settling in the clear blue waters of our anchorage, the “on” watch had a busy morning preparing for our arrival. In lab, a flurry of students and scientists collected some last pieces of data before our time in port. In addition to our loyal Neuston net, we deployed our dip net to collect Sargassum as well as our Tucker Trawl net in search of plastic pieces in the water column.
December 13, 2014
This morning was our last round of anchor watch in Dominica. I was up for the 5-6am shift, a beautiful time of day when the sun haze begins to glow behind the lush green rain-forested mountains that surround Prince Rupert Bay here in Portsmouth, Dominica ~ the Nature Island. After launching the small boat with Tanner, our trusty assistant engineer, a gaggle of eager students and voyagers followed Nina, our super-chef, and Cap’n Sean to the morning market in Portsmouth. During a peaceful quiet sunrise hour on deck, I nestled up on the elephant table with my favorite 4-stringed boat guitar to play a few parting tunes to what I’d easily call my favorite island (so far).
December 12, 2014
Idle Minds and Free Time
For the past three weeks we have been kept to a strict schedule, a schedule that is required for the safe operation of the vessel, but today, for the first time in three weeks, I found myself without a schedule. Being in port changes almost every aspect of ship life that many of us have gotten used to and grown fond of. The watches change from A watch, B watch, and C watch to Port watch and Starboard watch. The sleep schedule changes, as night watches require fewer people on deck allowing each person to stand for only one hour each night, rather than the traditional four.
December 11, 2014
Ship Work Day
After an all-hands breakfast of strata and chocolate-chip muffins, it was time to get to work. Students spent the morning writing and drawing in their academic journals, while the crew brainstormed shipboard projects to be accomplished while in port. Nina stayed busy all the while, stewing up delicious snacks and meals to get us through the day. It did not take long for Willy and Kevin to concoct a list of to-dos. There were projects to help with in the engine room and the lab, and plenty of maintenance work
for the ship.
Becca and Missy set up on the quarterdeck with a set of blocks that were in need of a good sanding down and a fresh coat of paint. As they got busy with that, I harnessed up and headed aloft.
December 10, 2014
As I rolled out of my bunk still shrugging off the last vestiges of sleep, my sleepy brain struggled to pin down what was different. Were the lights a little brighter? Had Nina created some new delicacy for breakfast? Perhaps some new Dominican recipe? Dominican. DOMINICAN! The morning sun found us at anchor in Portsmouth. Everything was different. The tables weren’t gimbaled, the ship wasn’t heeling, things even smelled different. Up on deck, land smells wafted on tropical breezes.
March 11, 2014
C251 Web Blog - 11 March 2014
Hello, to everyone living in the world outside the Corwith Cramer. Today was a perfect day spent in Bequia. All of the students left the boat at 0730 this morning. After a little bit of time using wifi and getting back in touch with the outside world we went to a local fruit market had fruit including soursap, star fruit, coconut, wax apple, mango and banana. At 0900 we met Craig and Mr. Belmar for a tour of The Bequia Boat Museum and a chance to learn about Bequian history and culture.
March 10, 2014
C251 Web Blog - 10 March 2014
Hello! This is your Third Mate Kevin Murray signing in. The Corwith Cramer has made its way to Admiralty Bay, Bequia as of 0800 today. There was a lot of great sailing between Tobago Cays and Bequia. Being on the Caribbean side of the lesser Antilles we really got to see what Cramer could do! I am the watch officer for A Watch and it was amazing to see how much my watch and all the crew have come along! On our dawn watch (0300-0700) we gybed 3 times as we worked our way to windward for our approach to Admiralty Bay. Everyone knew right where to go for every sail evolution and it all went very smoothly.
February 28, 2014
C251 Web Blog - 28 February 2014
After spending about two days ashore in beautiful Antigua it is sad to say goodbye but it is good to get back to the routine of watch schedules, class, meals, etc. My time spent in Antigua was filled with exploration of Falmouth Harbor and St. Johns and much time spent at Pigeon Beach. This peaceful beach was pretty unpopulated and overlooked the harbor where many incredible yachts were anchored. Some of these boats just finishing up a 600 mile race. I met many wonderful people from places such as New Zealand, England, Brazil and more.
February 26, 2014
C251 Web Blog - 26 February 2014
Today was adventure day! The wonderful crew of the Corwith Cramer cared for her while the students took a trip to the other side of the Antigua from Falmouth Harbor to the port town of St. John, where the massive cruise ships dock, and tourists are plentiful. There was a juxtaposition of deteriorating buildings with small market shops and the area immediately available to cruise ship patrons, a brick street lined with common brands such as Sunglass Hut and Timberland shoes.
February 25, 2014
C251 Web Blog - 25 February 2014
We motored under staysails all night to arrive this morning at 0700 at a waypoint three miles off of the entrance to Falmouth Harbor. We had adjusted our course and speed to arrive at first light to a place so few of us have been. We stood in for the anchorage and let go the starboard hook at 0756. Ever since then we have been on anchor watches which are shorter and less strenuous than regular sea watches but are very important never the less. Anchors are funny things and they can grab hold or not as they choose.