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Brigantine crew honored for rescue

JAN. 25 — The Sea Education Association, of Woods Hole, Mass., and the crew and captain of the 134-foot sail training and research brigantine, Corwith Cramer, were recently recognized by The Cruising Club of America for their rescue of 51 Haitian refugees in the Caribbean last March.

The Cruising Club of America presented the crew with the Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship at the club’s annual awards dinner, which was held in New York City Jan. 17, according to information on the club’s Web site. The award recognizes “an act of seamanship which significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht or one or more individuals at sea.”

On March 9, 2005, the 11-person crew of Corwith Cramer, as well as 22 college students on board as part of SEA’s semester-at-sea program, were five weeks into a six-week program and the students were deploying oceanographic sampling equipment, a news release says. A student on watch spotted a man aboard a 25-foot dismasted boat waving a red shirt. The student alerted the ship’s captain, Steve Tarrant, and they headed toward the boat.

Fifty-one Haitian refugees, including 35 adults and 16 children, were on board the boat and headed for Jamaica, the release says. The Corwith Cramer crew rescued the Haitian refugees and later turned them over to Jamaican authorities in Port Antonio, Jamaica.

For the full report, which appeared in the June 2005 issue of Soundings, clickhere.

—Jason Fell