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Current position of the SSV Corwith Cramer. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the tools, top right, to change the map style or view data layers.

SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

Doug Karlson, Communications@Sea.edu
SEA Semester

We’re thrilled to once again join with Sailors for the Sea, a leading ocean conservation organization, for our “Onboard Reporter” program.

This is a special partnership that began last year. Each term, one SEA Semester student is designated as Sailors for Sea’s “Onboard Reporter,” and receives a $1,500 award.

This spring, the Onboard Reporter is Anna Brodmerkel, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Anna is currently sailing aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer as a member of C-273, Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (known around here as MBC).



Anna Brodmerkel, B Watch, UNC Chapel Hill
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

If you’ve followed along with the C-273 voyage thus far, or have at least read Yage’s post from yesterday, then you might know that the Cramer ran into a bit of rain last night. While Yage was fast asleep in bed, I was on evening watch (1900-0100). Today, the B Watch mate, Finn, told us a tall tale about past work on ships, which is the inspiration for this blog post. In Finn’s words, last night “Could have been worse.”



Yage Wang, C Watch, Brandeis University
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

今天可能是在克雷姆(Cramer 船名)上最不平稳的一天了。凌晨的岗位(1:00-7:00)一直在用引擎来帮助前行。当我们上午的岗位(7:00-13:00)快结束 时,天空下起了小雨。我换下班来,吃完了美味的午餐,chili 和corn bread (各种 豆子做的汤和玉米面包),立刻钻进了我的床上,享受我凌晨岗位前的12个小时。

Rachel Burdorf, A Watch, Colorado College
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Greetings all,
Today we deep-cleaned the Cramer! Instead of having class in the afternoon, we split into watches and cleaned the whole below decks area. A Watch took the Galley, B watch took the Main Salon, and C watch took the aft cabins. We clean the Cramer thoroughly every day, because grime magically appears even when we’re at sea, but today we stepped it up a notch and got everything we might have missed during the week.

Paige Petit, A Watch, College of the Holy Cross
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Greetings, all!

After spending a few hours feeling nauseous at every trip below decks yesterday, it is amazing that I was able to spend most of my 6 hour watch as the dish assistant today in the galley! It feels great to (hopefully) be acquiring some sea legs, of course attributing most credit to medicine, a full belly, and a hydrated body. As a “newbie” aboard the Cramer, the crew is nothing but kind and positive.

Kata Rolf, Labhand, C259 Alumna
SEA Semester

Hello dedicated blog readers,

It has been a little over twenty four hours since we got underway, and what an exciting time it has been! We’ve set and struck sails, experienced at least three of the ship’s ranges of motion, felt queasy, taken more anti-seasickness medication, deployed our first Neuston tow, and made it through the first of what will be many watches to come.

The students are all enthusiastic and eager to experience everything that the ship has to offer, from cleaning dishes in the galley to watching dolphins interrupt yet another afternoon class. This is not my first time on the ship, but it is my first time not standing a watch. I have become what they call an “other” (someone who does not have a rigid schedule the way most other people on board do), and I find myself thinking more so on this trip than past adventures about what it was like to experience everything for the first time.

Laura Cooney , Chief Scientist
SEA Semester

Hello friends and family,

Today was an exciting day on board the SSV Corwith Cramer!

The day started bright and early with 6 am wake-ups for A watch and 6:40 am wake-ups for B and C watches, and it’s been a steady stream of new experiences and important training for the students-turned-crew of class C-273 ever since.

Jason Quilter, Captain
SEA Semester

Greetings from the Corwith Cramer!

Today marks the start of Marine Biodiversity & Conservation cruise for S.E.A. class C-273 aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. Sixteen excited students joined the vessel this afternoon and have become part of the ship’s crew.

We will spend the next two days completing orientation and safety training. Tonight the ship will remain docked in Nassau but tomorrow we’ll get underway for a short sail to an anchorage for Wednesday night. On Thursday we plan to start the voyage and head out towards the Sargasso Sea.

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Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

The students of C-273, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Nassau by April 18th. They will finish their voyage in New York around May 25th after a week long port stop in Bermuda and begin their second shore component in Woods Hole, MA.

Chris Nolan, Captain
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

I am very proud of my shipmates.

Yesterday, we wrapped up our student “Final Mission” in which the students of C-271 took complete ownership of vessel operations in order to meet a divers set of scientific, cultural, and nautical goals.  At 1430 yesterday, we heard the final mission report from each watch’s delegate, and I speak for all of the faculty when I say we found that the students did a terrific job operating the vessel and articulating their achievements.  Not only did they meet their objectives, but they worked together across all watches to complete the mission as one team. It was great.

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