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May 21, 2017

Stanford@SEA: Three Sheets to the Wind!

Adam Behrendt, Stanford

Stanford@SEA

Stanford@SEA 2017 is on the move once again. At 2213 Friday evening, after 38 hours at anchor to the lee of Isle Maria, the ship’s company hoisted the Bobby C.‘s anchor and got underway for our next stop - Rarotonga!

The weather is cooperating. We are finally being pushed by the west-blowing trade winds predicted for this voyage, and our estimated time of arrival to Rarotonga is 0900 Monday morning.

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May 21, 2017

Dolphins, Whales and 21st Birthdays

Annabelle Leahy, A Watch, Carleton College

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

What a day on the Cramer! This is about to be a long blog, but I deemed it necessary to try to capture all that this day had to offer, so stick with me. Though every day has its excitement here on board, today was something to remember. We spent the day in the Hudson Canyon, the largest submarine canyon along the US Atlantic Coast, rivaling the depth and scale of the Grand Canyon, just southeast of New York City.

We got the opportunity to participate in the New York Seascape program, a program working to connect New York residents to their nearby ocean.


May 20, 2017

Squall Watch

Sarah Speroff, C Watch, Kenyon College

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Growing up in Cleveland has made me someone who is not easily phased by sudden or unexpedcted changes in whether. I have often seen a week that included clear skies with warm sun, dark and looming thunderstorms, sudden hail, snow flurries, and a mild tornado. But today I experienced the true North Atlantic Ocean, full of sun, squalls, freezing winds, and waves that engulfed our floating home. C watch took the deck at 0645 in the morning, all decked out in our endless layers of warmth and full foulie garb, ready for the frigid morning ahead.


May 19, 2017

Stanford@SEA: Routine & Disruption

Lindsay, Stanford

Stanford@SEA

Just as we started settling into the swing of things on board - seasickness dissipating, and our circadian clocks finally syncing with the 18-hour watch cycles - today disrupted normalcy once more. Today was the day we reached Ile Maria - our first island stop, and an uninhabited one at that.

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May 19, 2017

Jumbie Strikes Again

Kelly Gunthorpe, Chief Engineer

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Greetings all,

As the Corwith Cramer’s engineer I’d like to invite you all to follow along and catch a glimpse into an average day taking care of our little floating community.

First things first, upon waking up in the morning I take a stroll around the engine room to make sure everything is operating as it should be.


May 18, 2017

Paper Nautilus

Ridge Pierce, A Watch, Roger Williams University

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Today was another exciting day aboard the Cramer! I woke up this morning and had some extra delicious blueberry muffins for breakfast. I had morning watch this morning and today I was finally in lab, the first time since leaving Bermuda. Usually when I enter the lab, I always glance to the little shelf near the port side porthole where the cool specimens from the previous evening’s science station are kept so everyone can see them. I was especially excited once I walked into the lab this morning because I saw a creature that I didn’t even know existed- a Paper Nautilus.


May 17, 2017

The Opposite of Cathedrals

Madison Lichak, A Watch, Barnard College

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

We are sailing once again. Leaving Bermuda was a bittersweet and strange experience. It is hard to describe the feeling of seeing an entire country fade into the horizon as our ship moved further and further into an ever-encompassing cerulean sea. What seemed like an immense and bustling country suddenly lost its grandeur as it shrunk to non-existence behind us. Out here, everything seems both monumental and minuscule.


May 16, 2017

Other Musings

Kata Rolf, Labhand, C-259 Alumna

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

My days onboard are more or less the same; at 0600 I get a wakeup for breakfast, which I inevitably ignore until 0700 when the second seating of breakfast is served. I’ll wander around haphazardly until 1000, when the ship goes hove to for morning station. I get my dipnet, my buckets, the saltwater hose and begin staring out at the sea for the next two hours, hoping to catch a glimpse of tiny spots of gold flecked among the vast expanses of blue water.


May 16, 2017

Stanford@SEA: Dawn Watch

Mike Burnett, Stanford

Stanford@SEA

I wasn’t quite overjoyed to hear that Watch Group A had been assigned the 0100-0700 shift on our first evening underway. The excitement of our previous night onboard and the beauty of Moorea’s jagged peaks was not lost on me, but I was exhausted. Hours in the hot sun and still air sapped my energy as we rehearsed the ship’s procedures, and none of us could wait to finally lift anchor and depart for Iles Maria that afternoon. But that night, instead of passing out in our bunks, the ten members of my watch group would be taking on the responsibilities of the ship: changing sails, manning the helm, conducting boat checks, staffing the science lab, and so on.

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May 16, 2017

Stanford@SEA: A Day on Board

Amy Bolan, Stanford

Stanford@SEA

I write this blog post after just consuming a freshly baked, cranberry orange scone made for morning snack by our wonderful chef Charlie. Still warm from the oven, with a light lemon glaze, each mouthful melts in my mouth with the perfect combination of sweet, tart, and soft scone-y perfection. I can’t help but feel that life is good, and all is right in the world.

It’s amazing how important good food is for moral on board.

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