SEA Currents: portugal
July 30, 2015
Shanties and Knots
The date is July 30th, exactly one month from when I turned 20 on June 30th. It is a true testament to the range of things that can be accomplished in only a month’s time, because I find it staggeringly difficult to look that far back into the past and fathom the places that I have seen and the skills that I have learned. While I cannot speak for the rest of my crew and the good company on board the Cramer, I must admit that S.E.A. has whirred me into a hopeless love and appreciation with the arts of sailing and of the sea.
July 29, 2015
It blows my mind how a group of 27 people who have never met before; or crew who has; can begin a trip not knowing each other, and end up forming such a tight intertwined connection.
Everyone on this ship is weird and quirky; I would not want it any other way.
July 28, 2015
We are just settling down after weighing anchor at 0400 this morning for an early arrival in Lisboa, Portugal. All hands woke up early to witness cruising up Rio Tejo (River Tagus) towards Lisboa. Passing the Padrao dos Descombrimentos and the Torre de Belem (look them up, it was quite a sight). C-watch and a few helping hands had a busy time getting into the anchorage last night before entering the river, with gusts surging to the 47 kts!
November 02, 2014
Laws of the Sea
Greetings, I am Chuck Lea the Chief Scientist aboard the Corwith Cramer for cruise C255. When we plan a cruise, the Law of the Sea requires us to submit a Request for Clearance to the State Department so that they can arrange for us to take Oceanographic samples in foreign waters. As a part of that request, the countries whose waters we are sampling are invited to send an observer so that they may become familiar with what we do. This has led to a variety of enriching exchanges over the years, and no less so on our first Global Ocean trip into the Mediterranean and eastern North Atlantic.
November 01, 2014
Waterfalls in Madeira
Free day! After hearing rave reviews about a hidden wonderland in Queimadas called Caldeirao Verde, aka the Green Caldron, many of the students could not wait to take a hike in the mountains of Madeira. Our friend from the Whale Museum had left us to ponder in excitement what sort of “wonderful surprise” was waiting at the end of the trail. Thanks to some great hints from Ryan and Scott, who went the day before, we knew to get into some swimsuits. With our suits on and a bag lunch in hand 16 of us, Alex, Rudi, Maya, Sophia S., Sophia J., Adam, Becky, Mih, Maggie, Devin, Greg, Alyssa, Courtney, Amie, Jennifer, and myself, gathered on the dock to start our journey, beginning with finding transportation to Queimadas.
October 31, 2014
All Hallows Eve
This story comes a few days late, but only because it took us a while to mentally process and articulate the scarring series of events that have transpired.
On the night of October 29th, as our boat sailed around a few miles off the Madeiran coast, we enjoyed the view of myriad tiny lights shining on the island, reminding us of Christmas decorations. As beautiful as the view was, we couldn’t let thoughts of Christmas distract us from preparing for Halloween. Rumors of the costume collection on the boat fueled our excitement, as we all whispered about how we might dress for the holiday.
October 31, 2014
A Mountain of an Island
There are a thousand kilometers of “levadas” on the main island of Madeira, neat stone-lined irrigation channels built centuries ago, at great human cost, to carry rainwater from the mountains into the fertile flanks of the valleys. Tenders walked for days on paths alongside, clearing debris and opening sluice gates to allow the runoff down different watercourses.
October 30, 2014
Pilot Whales and Dolphins
The day started out with B watch on deck at 6:55am. It was a smooth turnover from Alyssa, the Junior Watch Officer from A watch. We were headed for Canical, the commercial port in Madeira. As I was assigned to bow watch, I could say that I had the best view; the skyline was decorated by the beautiful sunset and stratocumulus clouds. As we approached closer to land, we could spot signs of life: houses decked on top of each other on the hills. It had been 9 days since we were so close to land.
October 15, 2014
Rock of Gibraltar
This blog entry comes to you from the Eastern Atlantic! The SSV Corwith Cramer made the highly anticipated passage through the Strait of Gibraltar today. Though it was hard to say goodbye to the Western Mediterranean we are very excited to become well acquainted with new waters.
B watch was awakened at 0600 for first breakfast. One by one we made our way to the deck to check out the weather before getting dressed for the day.
July 28, 2014
Three Days in Lisbon cont’d
Ahoy! This is Laura and Evan from C watch, checking in:
(Laura) After only three days in Lisbon (or Lisboa, in Portuguese), we are underway and sailing the blue waters off the Spanish coast again. As we begin the last leg of C-254 towards Cadiz, Neptune seems rather moody. We are currently experiencing 6-7 ft seas that are occasionally spraying any unsuspecting shipmate who happens to pass by. No worries, though, mom; we have the doglines rigged, we only walk clipped in with our harnesses on the high side, and we are keeping the night lookout posted aft on the quarter deck.