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SEA Currents: Mar 2015

Claudia Mazur, B Watch, Mount Holyoke College
Oceans & Climate

Sleeping on still water never felt so good. So good in fact, that I did not hear my shipmate Ari wake me up for dock watch at 0300. Even though watch was only an hour, I tried my best to keep myself awake with boat checks and weather observations. Let’s just say it was not the easiest of mornings. After breakfast, B Watch prepared to start a dawn cleanup of the ship. I had my gloves on ready to tackle the head (a.k.a the bathroom) when Captain called us up on deck.

Oceans & Climate

The Robert C. Seamans has arrived at Chatham Islands. They have a busy slate of field trips planned for their time there, so while it may be a day or two before they send us a new blog post, rest assured that all is well with S-258.

Leah Chomiak, A Watch, University of Miami
Oceans & Climate

Today marks just our 3rd full day out on the open seas! The Chatham Rise has treated us well, and in my case, has really put the world into perspective. The Pacific is a huge place! We’ve currently travelled over 400 nautical miles by pure sail and are due to touchdown in the Chatham Islands this evening! Weather has had its ups and downs; last night we cruised right on through a squall with winds/seas of a Beaufort Force 7 (look it up if you don’t know what I mean!). It was quite the experience to be at the helm trying to maintain course with rain pelting my eyes and waves rocking and rolling everywhere.

Sean S. Bercaw, Captain
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Alongside in Old San Juan, tucked in between the mighty cruise ships yet their passengers look upon us with envy as they wander by. Corwith Cramer now rests, having served her charges well. Over 2000 nautical miles sailed with nary a scratch. The students have now departed, headed off in a myriad of directions, some perhaps to never set foot aboard again, but that is the magic, for the ship and the sea are in their blood, and whether or not they ‘return to the sea,’ the evolution and the experience they’ve had lives on.

Jeffrey Schell, Chief Scientist - SEA
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

It has all been said, or so it would seem.  The student blogs these past six weeks have provided an honest, vivid, and uniquely personal view of their time onboard the Corwith Cramer.  An experience that has been at times challenging, rewarding, and deeply profound in ways specific to each and every student and crew member onboard.  There is an undeniable sense that we have all shared a common adventure, weathered the ‘storms’ together, and have forged unbreakable bonds together; and thus, as a ship’s community, we are all the stronger for it.

Sophie Fern, Visiting Scholar, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

I’ve been wanting to sail with SEA ever since I lived next door to their headquarters in Woods Hole when I was a Masters student in the US.  I was delighted to get an email through from work back in December, asking for volunteers to join the ship and especially delighted to be able to go back to the Chatham Islands.  This time next week, I’ll be back at home in Dunedin, New Zealand, and the Pacific Ocean will seem like a dream.

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Lillian Robinson, University of Vermont
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hello from the Cramer,
Lillian here, writing the last student blog for C-257! Today was a wicked fun day for all of us. We started this morning with some bunk loving. That’s not really what it sounds like… As we are fast making our approach to the end of our days on the Cramer, we have to look back on the spaces we’ve occupied for six weeks. Our bunks, no matter how hard we tried, never really stayed clean. So today, we pulled out all our stuff, clothes, shoes, harnesses, backpacks, towels, pillows, books, laptops, random items we didn’t know we had and started our packing process.

Elle Nakamura, B Watch, Colorado College
Oceans & Climate

In just three days, we’ve become well adapted to life on the Mama Seamans. Most of us students have officially developed our sea legs and are gradually transitioning our eating habits from grazing on saltines and bread to scarfing down generous amounts of gumbo and salad. We’ve never talked about how good it is to eat and keep it down until now. Thank goodness for sea sickness medication!

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Kat Brickner, Mira Costa Community College
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

As we near the end of this epic journey everything seems to finally fall into a perfect place. Our sea legs are strong with over 1900 nautical miles on them and Mama Cramer has become our home. I feel the closeness between our crew, the only people whom could truly understand the trials and tribulations of this amazing experience we have participated in together. The last leg of the trip we have become the “watch officers” (still under the watchful eyes of our professional mates) taking on main responsibilities and directing our watch teams-a wonderful reward to all the hard work we have been through and the skills we have learned.

Nicole Harbordt, B Watch, SUNY-ESF
Oceans & Climate

Our first full day on-board and everyone is just starting to get accustomed to standing watch, working in the lab, the sporadic sleep schedules, and the constant rolling motion of Mama Seamans. We have learned so much in the past few days, allowing everyone to jump right into all of the roles onboard. I am so impressed with all of the hard work and dedication of my fellow shipmates. The support everyone has for each other as we slowly adjust to ship life is unmatched, and the community here is growing strong.

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