Welcome to the SSV Corwith Cramer! The students and crew have now merged as one shipboard community. We are now a compliment of 23 student-crew and 14 professional crew – a full ship’s compliment – our crew for the upcoming voyage. The students have been given their Watch assignments (Alpha, Bravo and Charlie Watch, or A, B, and C) and at present are getting to know the Mate and Scientist who will introduce them to life aboard the ship. This evening we will remain comfortably alongside the dock in Boston, MA, allowing us to dive right into the all-important safety training required for new crew members.
Life aboard an SEA ship is always an adventure. Full of learning opportunities and responsibilities. Before we depart Boston, each student must learn how to properly wear their safety harness, which allows them to safely deploy scientific equipment and climb into the head rig to furl sails. Students need to learn about the infamous Boat Check – an hourly walk through of all compartments on the ship to ensure all is well. Students need to learn how to make detailed weather observations, and how to respond to various emergency scenarios such as fire or abandon ship.
After all this training guess what else is full, their minds, stuffed full of important information! Some of it will stick, some will be lost during a restful night of sleep. But these lessons will become second nature as the days at sea go by and the routine of the ship schedule, the sailing and the science mission progresses. Soon the students will be seasoned salts speaking a new language and describing the strange customs of the sailing, research vessel SSV Corwith Cramer.
So please stay tuned and follow along in our adventures in the days to come.
Chief Scientist -Jeffrey M. Schell
PS Sweet dreams to my darling rose and love to family and friends back home.
SEA Expedition student (Izzy, Oli and AJ) learn how to fit their harness, with the help of deckhand Hillary and Assistant Scientist Ali.
SEA Expedition students (Devon and Lola facing, Davanee and Isabel walking on) meet their new home, the SSV Corwith Cramer.