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SEA Currents: Jun 2014


June 22, 2014

Ship, Shipmates, Self

Christine Edgeworth, A Watch, Syracuse University

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Aloha friends and family!

It’s hard to believe that it’s only day four at sea. The days have practically melted together as we’ve been jam packed with standing watch, scarfing down delicious food, deploying science gear, learning about our new home aboard the Robert C. Seamans, napping on occasion, and tapping into our inner sailors.

The first thing I learned after stepping on board the ship was a little saying that goes, “Ship, Shipmates, Self.”


June 22, 2014

C253 Web Blog 22 June 2014

Ellice Patterson, B Watch, Wellesley College

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Hey y’all!
Today was a great day. The sun was out, the weather was warm, and we went swimming! It was so nice to be able to take a break from watch and jump into the middle of Atlantic Ocean, a wonderful reminder of summer. All of the research track students are analyzing their results and I know they definitely needed the splash.

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June 21, 2014

C253 Web Blog 21 June 2014

Ryan Furey, C watch, Harvard University

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Hey there friends and family,
Another day has again passed astern of us, chasing after the setting sun on its daily routine. The Cramer and her crew, however, are persistently powering eastward with our eyes on the horizon, our sails full, and our pre-arrival to-do lists endless. Our responsibilities in lab and on deck have increased with the program’s evolution to its “Junior Watch Officer and “Junior Lab Officer” phase, where once students are now the leaders expected to maintain the integrity of the ship and her endeavors with care and precision.

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June 20, 2014

Food, Science, & Sunsets

Kelsey Glander, Franklin and Marshall College

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Aloha!
We had a wonderful day sailing today as we headed south east. In the early morning hours, we finally passed the Big Island and made headway into the open ocean. A watch took mid-shift watch from 2300 until 3:00am where we observed the moon rise over the mountains of Big Island and learned about sailing in larger waves and stronger winds, as we went through the inter-island channels. Everyone took turns at the helm, learning to steer, and on bow watch or doing boat checks.


June 20, 2014

C253 Web Blog 20 June 2014

Anna Massefski, A Watch, Hampshire College

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Hello landfolks! Greetings from the Corwith Cramer!
At the risk of sounding too nerdy, I’’m going to start off by saying that the Cramer reminds me of Hogwarts. It’s a moving, changing vessel of hands-on learning, with secret areas in the soles and clever storage spaces in every conceivable place. With only 135 feet to house 35 people and everything they need for a month, the Cramer wastes no space

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June 19, 2014

Departing Maui

Samantha Schildroth, A Watch, University of New England

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Aloha family and friends of class S-253: Aloha ‘Aina,
After a morning filled with Man-Over-Board, fire, and abandon shipexercises, we are finally underway! We set sail off of Lahaina Port on the west shore of Maui at approximately 13:00. The first half hour was “all hands on deck” as we set our mainstay’s’l, forestay’s’l, and top s’l and headed south. We are currently headed out to sea to, as Jeff likes to say, “do science” (aka the fun stuff!) and will remain at sea until Tuesday when we will return to the island of Lana’i.


June 19, 2014

C253 Web Blog 19 June 2014

Benjamin Sturmer, B-Watch, Maine Maritime Academy

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Hey land lovers,
We are currently sailing (wind jammin’) over the Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge. I find it fascinating and so does our lab equipment with the chlorophyll A readings totally different from anything we have experienced so far! Hopefully in one of our next deployments we will catch some type of awesome sea creature that none of us has ever seen before!

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June 18, 2014

Moving Aboard

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist, Sea Education Association

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Anchored just offshore the west coast of Maui, near the historic town of Lahaina, Maui.  This historic town was once an important commercial port built on the profits of whaling and sugar cane plantations.  Today it is a popular tourist destination due to pristine waters ideal for snorkeling/diving, sport fishing, access to the inter-island ferry terminal.

The students were soooo excited last night as they finally moved aboard their new home – the SSV Robert C. Seamans.


June 18, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 18 June 2014

Lily Kapiloff, C Watch, University of Southern Maine

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I’’m sitting on the port side deck-box with the mains’l flying over my head, looking out at the sun setting, listening to the melodic sloshing of the waves against the hull, basking in the balmy 17°, having trouble keeping my eyes open with the Cramer so sweetly trying to rock me to sleep. It’s amazing how much the color and texture of the water can change throughout the day, the diversity of the clouds and stars.

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June 17, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 17 June 2014

Hunter Jones, A Watch, Eckerd College

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We have now been on the Cramer for seventeen days! This seems insane to me, but on the other hand I can hardly remember land life. We are ending our 17th day, which means about ten days left on the Cramer. The past seventeen days have been a mix of hard work, utter happiness, exhaustion, excitement, and a pure learning experience. I feel I have learned about a whole other world I couldn’’t have tried to figure out without experiencing it. 

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