Music on the Quarterdeck

SSV Corwith Cramer

February 5, 2012

Position:  25 28’N x 084 19’W

Heading:  196T

Speed:  3 kt

Weather:  SE Force 3

We have now been sailing for five days (and 303 nautical miles) out at sea out of sight of land. Everyone aboard now has their sea legs, and we have been enjoying the delicacies provided by our wonderful stewards, who work day and night in the galley cooking for a crew of 37 people! Yesterday, we enjoyed some fabulous cupcakes in honor of two birthdays: Sunny, a member of the S12 class, and Anne, our 3rd Assistant scientist on board.

Celebrating birthdays barely scratches the surface of the fun we’ve been having this past week. If you browse our previous entries, you will learn of all the excitement that happens while the students are standing watch on deck and in the lab. We also wanted to give you a taste of life at sea when the students are off watch. Yesterday, Danielle joined Kate and Grace on the quarterdeck to practice knots, including the bowline and reef knots with Dylan, Chief Mate.  At the same time, Omer, Karen, Taylor, and Sunny-were enjoying a few minutes of free time singing together, since we have unplugged from many modern conveniences including radios. Some of the highlights were the Proclaimers’ “500 Miles” and The Beatles, “Obla-di Obla-da.” Many students joined in for a verse or two while they passed the starboard side quizzing each other for today’s pin chase.  This afternoon, students will all demonstrate their knowledge of what at first appeared “a great thicket of ropes.”  Now, we know those as the 74 lines that we have been regularly using to set, strike, furl, and trim the sails and brace the yards.

When S12 is not in class or on watch (or singing, eating, or learning knots and lines on deck), they catch up on reading and sleep, write in their journals, and meet with the other members of their watch to prepare for their next shift.  There is no question that S12 has managed to stay both busy and entertained throughout our voyage, and has learned a tremendous amount about going to sea and about working together.

Kate tying a bolin knot on deck!

Author: williamsmystic

A one semester interdisciplinary ocean and coastal studies program integrating marine science, maritime history, environmental policy, and literature of the sea.

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