SEA Currents: May 2015
After spending the night anchored in Menemsha Bight off the island of Martha’s vineyard, our voyage together came to an end bringing SSV Corwith Cramer back to her home port in Woods Hole for the first time since she departed almost a year earlier. There was a crowd to greet us on Dyer’s dock in this historic maritime village as we approached alongside Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Research Vessel Atlantis (with the submersible Alvin on board) and timed our arrival between the big Martha’s Vineyard ferries.
Stepping aboard the Corwith Cramer almost 30 years after young, petrified, history-major-me sailed on the first student voyage of this very ship (C-100 in 1988) I was overcome with a flood of emotion and familiarity. In both a metaphorical and intellectual sense, I was arriving back home. Even without a ship tour I already instinctively remembered and understood every nook and cranny of the ship—thirty years later. After only 6 weeks aboard, thirty years ago, this ship and its mission had been indelibly printed on my psyche. Why?
Hauling up the anchor south of Brooklyn marked our first full day at sea as we began to sail through the day and night and began our first 24-hour cycle of watch rotations alongside informative classes on the quarter deck, weather and navigation reports, scientific deployments and lab work. The boat staff of captain, scientists, mates, engineers, deckhands and stewards were the best of teachers allowing for our group of participants to learn the many tasks required to keep a ship on course while fulfilling its mission to pursue scientific studies.
We’re underway. We all arrived safely this morning to the SSV Corwith Cramer, which was tied-up at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park, under brilliant blue skies. After the SEA crew welcomed everyone aboard (there are 33 of us, SEA crew and colleagues) and stowed our gear, we started getting to know one another and learn about life on the ship. We were organized into three watch groups, where we learned about the ship’s operations, line handling, boat checks, and science deployments.
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Semester on the high seas: Ariana Sharma ’16 sails the South Pacific doing climate change research”
Vassar Info | May 22, 2015
When Ariana Sharma ’16 enrolled at Vassar, she had no plans to study abroad. “My feeling was, ‘Why leave this place until you have to?’” Sharma says. Her plans changed last fall when she spied a picture of a sailing ship on a bulletin board in the College Center that was advertising overseas study programs. She ended up spending part of the spring semester on that ship about as far away from Vassar as you can get. Read the full story here.
Good evening! …Or rather, good morning!
This final blog at sea for Cramer class C-259 is being co-written by Anthony and Helena, who happened to be both the Junior Watch Officer and Junior Lab Officer in the same day. It is 0330 in the morning and we have now been up for 21 hours; we have had two standing watches since waking and, oh boy, what a wonderful day.
Hello again, beloved landlubbers!
Several people have spoke already of the last phase of our time at sea, as we take on the roles of Junior Watch/Lab Officers (JWO/JLO)! I was the JWO for my evening watch last night, and never have I finished a watch so exhausted! Don’t be fooled by the relaxed attitudes of the mates, making it look so darn easy this whole time – commanding a ship is HARD work. There are a million things to remember and plan for and schedule and delegate, and a million corresponding ways to screw up.
As Marine Biodiversity and Conservation’s ocean policy professor, I joined the Cramer in Bermuda for some of the shore activities and to sail the second leg from Bermuda to New York. This is my first time aboard the Cramer (or any of SEA’s ships for that matter), and my first time on an ocean-going sail training ship in more years than I’d like to admit. Fortunately, my students, including Sabrina, Joe, Helena, Hannah, and Mareike, were a big help in showing me the ropes (literally!).
Hallo to my lovely family, frans, and foes back on land,
Kata here, bringing you the latest and greatest from the one and only S.S.V. Corwith Cramer! I have slept very little in the last 24 hours, so please forgive my silly grammatical errors and strange sentences. Since Lizzie didn’t really tell anyone about yesterday, I will try and cover two days in one sitting. This is a tale of JLO (not the one you’re thinking of), all of the lab work, and no sleep.
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Sailing and Science in the South Pacific and the Sargasso” by Joseph Blumberg
Dartmouth Now | May 15, 2015
Two Dartmouth students have been sailing the world’s oceans aboard tall ships, modern versions of 18th-century brigantines. Christopher Dalldorf ’16 and Fredrik Eriksson ’16 enrolled in the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester programs.