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August 15, 2015

The Last Stand

Gracie, Deckhand

Corwith Cramer

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).

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August 14, 2015

Checking the Rig

Sara Martin, 2nd Mate

Corwith Cramer

From astride the lee yardarm I can see:
Deepest blue streaked with foam beneath my toes
Reaching with each roll as though the water knows
I’ve crossed the edge of safe security.

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August 13, 2015

The Music of SEA; On SSV Cramer, we call these “Tubas”

Tom Clark, W-26, Overseer

Corwith Cramer

SEA attracts all kinds of talented and creative people who delight in coming up with names for just about everything. The industrial stove is named “Roxy”, short for Roxanne.  The soon to be replaced hot water heater is named Lola, no one seems to know why. The sleeping quarters are named “Sleepy Hollow” , “Squalor” and “42nd Street”.  Why is ” 42nd St”? the name for a crew cabin on a ship at sea, thousands of miles from Broadway? Don’t tell me, let me guess.42’ N is the approximate Latitude of Home Base, Woods Hole, MA!

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August 12, 2015

The Small Boat

Chris Nolan, Assistant Captain

Corwith Cramer

SS/V Corwith Cramer is equipped with a rigid hulled inflatable boat that we call the “rescue boat” because it is our first response craft if a person were to fall overboard.  However, it has many other uses - such as a ferry for bringing people ashore when Cramer is anchored out, and as a makeshift tugboat for difficult mooring situations.

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August 12, 2015

The Strait of Gibraltar

Farley Miller, 3rd Assistant scientist

Corwith Cramer

The entrance to the Mediterranean Sea is one of the most interesting and dynamic areas in the world, speaking oceanographically. The mixing of two of the largest water bodies on Earth takes place in the Strait of Gibraltar, a mere eight miles across at its narrowest and 20 miles long. At the Western edge of the Strait, a fjord like barrier lies 80-190 or so meters beneath the surface, while only a few miles on either side, depths of over 800 meters are the norm.

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August 10, 2015

Liferafts

Chris Nolan, Assistant Captain

Corwith Cramer

While tied securely alongside the pier in Cadiz, Spain, we took the opportunity to send our liferafts off the ship for their annual inspection and servicing at a local USCG approved vendor.  Each raft holds 20 people, and with three of these rafts onboard, it provides plenty of excess capacity in case of emergency. This seems like common sense today, but it wasn’t always the case!

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