SEA Currents: Oct 2017
Greetings from the SSV Corwith Cramer,
Today begins the sea component of class C-275 in SEA Semester’s Ocean Exploration Program. All of our students boarded the Corwith Cramer today at 0800 hours and joined the ship’s company as student crew.
Another day, another meal. Like most people’s lives on the boat, my daily routine revolves around food, but to a higher degree than others, because I’m the Steward. My day tends to begin around 0430 when I rise to make breakfast, followed by the baking of midnight snack and the preparation of morning snack to be served by 1000. I catch a break before starting lunch prep at 1030 and putting out afternoon snack after class at 1600. All of this before starting dinner prep at 1630, with my day ending around 1900.
In latest episode of our SEA Stories podcast, join the students of S-275 as they participate in an Umu, a traditional Samoan feast prepared in an earth oven. Visit a tropical garden and learn about the importance of tattoo in Samoan culture.
The students of C-275, Ocean Exploration, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Woods Hole, MA this week and begin their blue-water voyage to Grenada, arriving around November 20th.
We are now underway and a little less than two days away from docking in Fiji. This means that all of us students are working hard to really understand all of our responsibilities and know our skills for being on deck and in the lab. I am still struggling with boxing the compass, or knowing all of the different names for the 32 points of direction on a compass, but practicing during watch helps. We have our lab practical tomorrow as well, to see if we understand all of the procedures and protocols for lab deployments/safety.
Nic Grant from Rowan University describes Week 2 of SEA Semester on shore in Woods Hole, as he and his shipmates prepare for their Caribbean voyage later this fall.
Hello from back at sea! After two full days of sailing, following our departure from Tonga, I think we are all finally starting to regain our sea legs! We have had beautiful and breezy weather as we head towards the outskirts of the Fijian Islands, and will soon (aka Thursday) make our way to Suva!!
Malo e Lelei from Nuku’alofa! We are enjoying our last day here before we head out to sea again tomorrow evening. We woke up early to a misty morning, all excited to take part in projects with a few representatives from the Tongan Ministry of Environment, whom we all got to meet and talk to over a lovely dinner last night. I, along with 12 other students, hopped into a couple of vans to make our way to the Hoi mangroves, where we went to learn about, and participate in, the planting of these trees along the lagoon of Nuku’alofa.
When you’re a kid, you dream of seeing certain things-a shooting star, a really cool car, maybe even some sort of paradise like Hawaii that you always saw in beautiful magazine ads. When I was a kid, I dreamed of touching the Great Pyramid of Egypt, of walking along the Great Wall of China, and I badly wanted to find Cleopatra’s Tomb or discover a lost city made of gold in the Amazon. To clarify, I never thought I would be lucky enough to do any of those things, but an archaeologist has gotta dream right?
Keiley James from the University of Georgia shares her impressions of SEA Semester Week 1 on shore in Woods Hole, as she and her shipmates prepare for their Caribbean voyage later this fall.