SEA Currents: spain
August 15, 2015
The Last Stand
Hello from the eastern hemisphere! The Cramer is well on her way to Mallorca, with only a few hours left until we pull into our dock. The past week has been quite the voyage. We have sailed through the Strait of Gibraltar, set every sail in a 24 hour period and even used the emergency tiller for practice. The ship’s company carries a variety of sailing experience in addition to new and old alumni (Eli and Nina from C-261 and Tom from W-26).
August 07, 2015
The Final Blog Post! Goodbye to our students!
With our journey to Cadiz, Spain complete we say goodbye to our dear students and release them back into the world, perhaps (and hopefully) a bit more experienced, and a bit more salty than when we received them in Cork, Ireland. We’ve sailed more than 1,500 nautical miles by the taffrail log! immersed in the lifestyle of the sailor, the scientist, the historian… the observer, the adventurer.
August 06, 2015
Our Concept Map
Today was our last full day onboard the Corwith Cramer. And our last full day together in Spain. And the last thing any of us felt like doing was returning to the ship at 1630 instead of 2300 to present our final “school project” – a concept map. Our professor, Dan Brayton, had stressed the important of this poster/art project communicating a concept that linked what we had learned – about history, about the ship and how to sail – with our own lives.
August 05, 2015
About a Tree
Looking for beaches in Cadiz, Spain, but instead we happened upon a tree.
Isabella, Jamie, Madison, Avery climbed the tree with me.
Like climbing aloft it was old and fun, the tree was pleased to have us five.
October 21, 2014
“Not a single British ship sank – both the Spanish and French were devastated, and far worse than the battle was the storm that followed… but at least we got Admiral Nelson.”
Such was spoken candidly by an archeological specialist at the Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Historico Centro de Arqueologia Subacuatica, during our first day in Cádiz. On this date, 209 years ago, the royal British naval fleet sailed in a V-formation (a noted specialty of Admiral Horatio Nelson’s) to separate the two lines of ships constituted by the Spanish and French naval forces.
October 20, 2014
Past is Present
Visiting different places in Spain by boat gives us a great perspective on the diversity of this nation. In Barcelona, they spoke Catalan rather than Spanish. In Palma, they lived on island time and had villages and agricultural terraces built into the cliffs. In Cádiz, they speak with an accent that sounds like a gentle lisp, and a short bus drive inland reveals deeply colored rolling farmland and bulls with big horns. Tomorrow, we leave the dock and head for Madeira, a Portuguese island!
October 19, 2014
In the Galley
As I sit in the Main Salon, waiting to relieve Amie as the dock watch-stander at 0200, I have begun to reminisce on the events of days passed, and what an amazing adventure this has been thus far. From sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar with a flock of flamingos leaving us on our port side, to making new Spanish friends and sharing drinks and tapas together, this has truly been a once in a lifetime experience. And now I sit alone in the Main Salon, tasked with the job of writing the blog for today’s events.
October 18, 2014
This morning after a tasty breakfast of eggs and bacon, we left the port and headed to the Museum of Cadiz at 1030. We looked at artifacts from the Phoenician period dating back to 1100 BC including jewelry with intricate designs, handmade beads, and pottery. The next area in the museum was about the Roman city of Gades, which is underneath modern Cadiz, and we got to look at items that have been excavated, including a portion of the aqueduct. Greg and I have been working on a research project about the Roman remains in Cadiz, so it was really cool to actually see it firsthand and to talk with the archeologist from the University of Cadiz.
October 17, 2014
There are not many better ways to wake up on the Cramer than to French toast and the promise of CADIZ. After coming into the port in dense fog and slightly rainy but very picturesque weather, we docked around 1030 Spanish time. Everyone enjoyed a quick recuperation and shower hour before setting off for our very busy day in southwest Spain.
October 16, 2014
From the Galley and Engine Room
Bex, the Steward here. Food. I am making it and the crew is eating it at alarming rates. I have had the honor and privilege of having student assistants in the Galley with me during this transit helping me slice, boil and bake. On one of the first days with an assistant, Maggie told me that she was happy that I had someone in the Galley with me. When hearing this I assumed that she was glad that I had help, I was wrong. She told me it was because she could hear me singing the same Taylor Swift song to myself over and over again at 0400 and felt bad about how lonely I must be