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Together with the rest of the world, we at SEA have followed news of the hurricanes that have caused such widespread destruction and loss in the Caribbean. Our hearts go out to our friends and collaborators and to the communities affected by the devastation.
Because communications have been interrupted, we still don’t have complete information about the well-being of our Caribbean friends and the condition of many of the places we regularly visit, though we are working hard to find out more. We can report, however, that the SSV Corwith Cramer was not in the region (it is currently in Belfast, Maine) and so our own SEA students and crew were not directly affected.
It’s getting exciting here in Belfast, as we prepare to move Cramer out of the shed. Currently, she is scheduled to emerge from the shed on Tuesday! She will greet the sunshine with her newly painted hull, which is looking very sharp.
While Cramer no doubt gets excited to get out and about, the crew are very busy getting everything ready. Mickey spends his hours in yard running around directing projects, and his hours outside of yard doing odd jobs to keep up with the work. When I asked him what engineering was up to, he replied, “reassembling the boat,” before hurrying off to another task.
CONGRATULATIONS to SEA Capt. Chris Nolan!
His documentary, “Transatlantic, A Voyage of Discovery,” about last summer’s SEA Semester voyage from Woods Hole to Ireland, has won the Feature Grand Prize at the International Maritime Film Festival. The festival celebrates the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of maritime pursuits.
The 38-minute film follows the students of SEA Semester class C-267 as they challenge themselves in an epic adventure, and forge lasting bonds as shipmates on a lengthy and inspiring ocean passage.
The documentary will be screened at the film festival in Bucksport, Maine, on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10 am. There will also be a Q & A with the filmmaker, Chris Nolan, at 2:10 pm.
Tickets may be purchased at the festival website.
Watch the trailer:
Greetings from Belfast! The action continues as the Cramer crew works hard to put the boat back together. It’s been a busy busy week, so here is a quick run-down of a few of the things happening here in yard!
In engineering, the deck generator is getting reinstalled, and the plumbing in the galley is being redone. Kelly is also working on the refrigeration systems on board, and dry stores is being repainted.
Yard started off with a bang! No, don’t worry, there were no collisions.
There was only the colliding of different pupils paths, as some crew members of the previous PIPA trip departed, and new crew ready for yard, arrived. After a quick orientation, things started to move around. And this includes people, food, random stuff, any type of stuff really, for there was word of a container arriving soon.
It’s getting down to the final push here in Cramer MMP! More and more SEA Crew have been flooding into the Crosby house, giving us numbers upwards of thirty to help put the ship back together.
The deck team has been - you guessed it - painting! But things are getting exciting, because more and more, those paint coats have been of top coat! The spreaders on the foremast are currently getting a fresh layer of black top coat, and the entire mast has been sanded and is now ready to paint. The rigging team continues their block party, although Ryan and Foretek have emphatically informed me that it is definitely not a “party”.
SEA Semester in the News
The Salt Life
When salmon are young, they leave their freshwater homes and journey to the ocean, where they spend their adult lives, finding nourishment in salt water. Like the fish that have yielded his livelihood, Christopher Wang ’94 had long felt lured to the sea.
“It was just this feeling,” said Wang, who hitchhiked to Seward, Alaska, the summer after his first year at Colgate. He set up camp on the edge of town and walked a mile to the docks daily to ask fishermen for a job until he got work. “It wasn’t a well-thought-out plan,” he admitted.
MMP has continued to be a flurry of reassembly. Everywhere, bits and pieces of the boat are coming together!
Deck is still split into the Rigging team, the Paint Prep team, and the Paint team this week. The Rigging team is pleased to welcome Foretek to Front Street, only to banish her out to the yards, which are being stored away from the rest of the ship. While Foretek preps the yards, the rest of the rigging team has finished re-serving the wire, and has moved on to - you guessed it - more blocks!
Eight weeks ago I was driving cross-country to claim my title as Single-Use Plastics Reduction (SUPR) Intern for the Sea Education Association (SEA) NOAA Marine Debris collaboration. Upon arrival, one of my first tasks was renaming our project. While SUPR (pronounced super) Intern was catchy and drew coveted connections between Wonder Woman and myself, it wasn’t exactly informative of my job or earthly abilities. SUPR soon became Trash Shouldn’t Splash, a campaign that officially launches on August 12th 2017 at the Woods Hole Science Stroll.
Trash Shouldn’t Splash is a collaborative project by SEA, Falmouth Water Stewards’ Skip the Straw, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program. It aims to reduce the amount of plastic trash in the ocean by decreasing the use of one-time plastic items such as straws, coffee cups, and take out containers. Launching off President Obama’s Executive Order 13707: Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People, I’ve been building an annotated bibliography to survey social norm research. This ongoing project will be a valuable tool when the grant work has been completed.
SSV Robert C. Seamans has arrived in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and all students have departed the ship bound for destinations as far apart as Europe and New Zealand and everywhere in between.
While this ship’s company will never be the same, we all walk away with a shared experience of visiting a remote marine sanctuary and voyaging under sail to get there and back safely. The PIPA voyage challenged each person in their own way, and I am proud of all students and staff for their accomplishments, whether academic, professional, or personal.