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December 08, 2016

Animals galore

Dominic Rauzi, C Watch, Curry College

Ocean Exploration

Today was a day filled with animals and true signs that land is near.  The day was windy, twenty knots, and cool for most of the day, but that did not stop the animals from showing themselves. First there was an albatross sighting. Then we had whale spouts. The whales were not close enough or the spouts high enough out of the water to identify what species they were. And so the morning watch, my watch, carried on, including a deployment from the stern winch.

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December 08, 2016

Instruments or Not, We’ve Almost Made It

James Ducker, A Watch, University of San Diego

Oceans & Climate

Today the stars have aligned, the trade winds returned, and clouds parted so that with a subtle nudge from Neptune - snatching the trailing spinner off our taffrail log that allowed us to actually track our mileage - we began our long anticipated non-instrument run. As if sextants and compasses weren’t low-tech enough, we’re trading them in for sticks, hand drawn star maps, and the subtle guidance of Mother Nature and Mama Cramer.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c270  life at sea  styrocast • (6) CommentsPermalink

December 07, 2016

Busy Days at Sea

Gabrielle (Gabo) Page, 2nd Assistant Scientist, SEA Alumna

Oceans & Climate

Hello good friends, dear family,
From the gallant Corwith Cramer
Sailing at six miles per hour
Across the vast and briny sea.

The last few days were occupied
Handling sail and deployments
Not to mention the assignments
That left the students sleepy-eyed.

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December 07, 2016

Whale of a Day

Nate Bears, Chief Engineer

Ocean Exploration

Cheers and shouts filled the air this morning as a small group of whales surfaced so close to the ship!  It was almost as though they wanted to swim along with us for a bit.  What an incredible sight, the water from their breath condensing into a bursting cloud above the water!  These are the stories that I hear when I came up from the engine room this morning.  I had just missed it, but the excitement was palpable.  The whales were sei whales, small baleen whales that normally are more solitary.

December 06, 2016

Follow the Stars

Hannah Newhall, B Watch, Colby College

Oceans & Climate

Few aspects of life are steady on the Corwith Cramer. Apart from the gimbaled tables and bunk curtains, everything around them seems to be ever-changing, moving forward, sailing west. Tonight we navigate by the stars, allowing them to show us the way. At the onset of each evening twilight, we watch as familiar stars rise from the deep horizon astern, illuminating our infinite ceiling overhead. The stars coax us west as we follow their path across the open Atlantic Ocean.

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December 06, 2016

Excerpts from my Journal

Julia Bridgforth, B Watch, Sewanee: The University of the South

Ocean Exploration

November 13 , 18:30
Apprehensive but excited. Very excited to disconnect from the FOMO I have been experiencing all semester. This may be late, but its finally here and I am ready to take it on, lah lah lah.

November 17, 10:52

I should probably shower today, I haven’t since Dunedin. Today turned out to be one of the best days probably of life. Since we were tucked in our little alcove, away from the gusting winds, conditions were favorable for swimming!

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December 06, 2016

SEA Semester’s Polynesia voyage is perfect fit for Drew University student

SEA Semester

SEA Semester in the News
Drew Sophomore Studies Ecosystems and Sustainability in Polynesia
Marina Mozak sails on a tall ship research vessel
Drew Today

December 2016 – Drew University student Marina Mozak bid a temporary farewell to The Forest to spend a semester at sea.

Mozak, a sophomore studying environmental science and political science, was among 25 students who studied ecosystems and sustainability in Polynesian island cultures aboard a tall ship research vessel, the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Other schools represented on the trip included the University of Virginia, Wellesley College, Vassar College and Villanova University.

The program, run by the Sea Education Association, began in August with preparatory course work in Woods Hole, Mass. From there, Mozak and her peers traveled to American Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and disembarked for a final time in Auckland, New Zealand last month. Mozak also wrote about life on a ship via the program’s blog, SEA Currents.

Read the FULL STORY.

December 05, 2016


Kelsee York, A Watch, Macalester College

Oceans & Climate

Hello squad, here we are again. Time moves so strangely aboard the Cramer. How is it already December 5th? The 5th, it’s a good day, there is just something about this 5th of December that’s super special. Anyways, spirits are high today, crossing the 2,000 nautical miles traveled mark early in the day definitely helped. Although, the all-powerful sun kindly reminded me that we are indeed in the tropics-it’s hot!! In other news, we keep moving along in our deck and lab skills.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c270  leadership  life at sea • (2) CommentsPermalink

December 05, 2016

Shadowing Days

Lorna Mitchison-Field, A Watch, Mount Holyoke College

Ocean Exploration

As part of fully learning about living aboard the SSV Seamans, students and sailing interns get to take turns being the shadowing the steward and engineers. I had the pleasure of being assistant steward yesterday, which meant planning out the all the day’s meals and snacks with our steward, Chris. Instead of standing on my two watch shifts, I got to help out in the galley all day. Possibly my favorite thing we made yesterday were the blueberry scones for morning snack.

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December 04, 2016

A Hispanic Laboratory

Anthony Crespo, A Watch, Syracuse University

Oceans & Climate

What an adventure we’ve had through this voyage over the Atlantic! We have laughed, sung, and worked a lot. Who would’ve known that traveling as a sailor and a scientist was going to be hard, but not impossible. It has been officially three weeks sailing since we boarded the ship at Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. It has been really gratifying to start understanding the wonder our world can offer, specially the uncertainties that still exist within the Pandora’s Box we are sailing over.

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