I left Woods Hole a week before Thanksgiving and spent a week in St. Croix with my parents where I finished up my college apps and had a bit of time to explore the island, SCUBA, snorkel, befriend a cool Rasta-man, and get an uncomfortable sun burn.
The day after Thanksgiving I joined my classmates from Woods Hole aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer in Gallows Bay, St. Croix.
The Cramer was built by ASTACE in Bilbao, Spain in 1987, for SEA. She is a 134' steel brigantine (or hermaphrodite brig), meaning she is fore-and-aft with two masts, one of which is square-rigged. If it looks like there are tons of confusing ropes on board, that's because there are! Mama Cramer has 9 sails (plus a storm trisail) and accordingly, many many lines to set, trim, and strike each sail. Yes, we did have to memorize all of them. We had a competition where you were given a note-card with a line on it and you had to power walk to touch the right one. I forgot the topsail inhaul!!! I thought I knew the squares'ls the best. I was so ashamed.
|Note how these all look identical (course and tops'l inhauls and outhauls)|
Anyways. We left two days after Thanksgiving and were sailing along, but then had to return to port when a deckhand was injured. So then we left again! And this time we continued to sail happily along without further stall.
It wasn't long before we started getting sick. I never fed the fishes, so to speak, but did spend about 85% of my time feeling very nauseated. Of course, being the medical mystery I have always been (mysterious spots in my lungs, allergies to blue potatoes etc...) I have some sort of "special" sea-sickness. We think it may be cured by migraine medicine but I probably won't be back on a boat in a while to test that out.
As I don't really remember that first week (I was pretty foggy most of the time), I will share my ship's blog post from that leg with you:
|I think this is actually from the tow we mentioned!|
|Albert. How did he even find us???|
|The library. So hot because the engine room is through the wall at left|