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September 16, 2015

She Swims!

Chris Nolan, Captain

Corwith Cramer

SSV Corwith Cramer is back in the water, where she belongs. After a month-long maintenance period and a new bottom paint job, we launched the ship on the marine railway and tied her up on the dock for a few more days of maintenance before we depart Mallorca. It feels great to be back on the water.

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September 11, 2015

Past the Halfway Mark

Farley Miller, Scientist

Farley hacks into the interweb

Hello world, greetings from the crew of the Corwith Cramer here in Mallorca. We are solidly past the 50% mark for this yard period, and departments are (for the most part) putting more things back together than we are taking apart. For the most part. The boat is still hauled out, with fresh paint going on the hull, a clean polished prop, and the plexiglass through-hulls for our acoustic instruments inspected and clean.

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September 09, 2015

Bottom Paint

Chris Nolan, Captain

Cramer Hauled Out

Periodically, it is necessary to haul steel ships out of the water in order to paint their bottoms with anti-fouling paint.  Because many creatures of the ocean are relentless in seeking out places to call home, modern ships fight a constant battle against their growth on the hull.

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September 03, 2015

Like a Fish Out of Water

Chris Nolan, Captain

Corwith Cramer Haul-out 2015

Today we dry-docked the SSV Corwith Cramer for maintenance to her underwater paint system.  Dry-docking a ship is always a fun experience for the crew…it is rare to see one’s floating home stuck like a fish out of water “on the hard.”  There are a few ways to dry dock a ship: cradles and cranes, graving docks, lifting docks, etc.  Here in Palma de Mallorca, the yard uses a marine railway, which is one of the coolest ways to bring a boat ashore.

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August 30, 2015

A Forest of Masts

Chris Nolan, Captain

SSV Corwith Cramer under sail

Our ship is surrounded by a forest of masts. As a popular cruising destination for yachts all across the Mediterranean, Palma de Mallorca has a huge collection of boats of all sizes…many of them larger than the Corwith Cramer! Although we are in the middle of a maintenance period, most of the other yachts in Palma are here for leisure and it has been interesting to see the boats come and go while we make steady progress on our work lists. Often we pause to gape at the huge racing yachts arriving with their exceptionally tall masts.  They in turn stare at the Corwith Cramer because we are the only ship in the harbor with square rigged sails and associated yards (yards are what hold the square sails in place).

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August 26, 2015

Second Breakfast

Chris Nolan, Captain

Corwith Cramer

Ship maintenance is hard work, especially during the heat of August in Spain!  Accordingly, our crew burns through some serious calories each day and it is Steward Nick and Assistant Steward Sarah¹s job to replenish the lost energy - and they do an amazing job.

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August 21, 2015

Removing the Bowsprit

Chris Nolan, Captain

We were able to check off one major item from our maintenance list today: removing the 500kg+ bowsprit from the Corwith Cramer!  This was a major challenge that tested the minds of all aboard.  Why did the bowsprit even need to come out of the ship?

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August 19, 2015

Ruminations on the Elephant Table

Nina Whittaker, Assistant Steward

Corwith Cramer

In the environments that we work in, our awareness of the space around us is shaped by what we use and work with every day. For me, that means that my mental image of the Cramer is one of food. ‘So-and-so’s bunk’ doesn’t mean their bunk, but the secret cache of food that lies underneath. The settees in the main salon are named Flour, Cold Drinks, or Cholula. And the Elephant Table, extending out from the lab top, is home to squash, melons, and other gourds.

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August 18, 2015

Tearing the Ship Apart

Chris Nolan, Captain

Corwith Cramer

SSV Corwith Cramer is in her annual maintenance period in Mallorca, Spain, and so far the crew have wasted no time in tearing the ship apart and getting after some of the projects which will allow this beautiful vessel to have another excellent year voyaging around the Atlantic.

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August 15, 2015

A Light Watch

David, Deckhand

Corwith Cramer

Dear Shore & Co.,

The sun set around 2130 for us on August 14 with an unreal show. Thick layers of cumulus clouds stratified the sky horizon to horizon with a tiny rim of mountains along the southern coast of Spain far to the west. As the sun went behind the clouds, a red glow radiated upward through a low haze above the mountains, striking several different cloud layers and turning them brilliant vermillion while leaving patches of blue-gold sky in between.

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