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SEA Currents: Mar 2015


March 05, 2015

Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand

Maravilla Clemens, A Watch, Colby College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Greetings from Windy Wellington! And it appears that it really will live up to its name—with up to 45-knot winds forecasted in the upcoming days, it is unlikely that we will be leaving our port until Sunday. While we are disappointed that we will have to wait a few extra days until we can have the wind in our sails again, it is pretty hard to complain at the moment. I am writing this from the top of the doghouse, basking in the sun while others lounge and read and our vagabond visitor Anthony strums on the guitar.


March 05, 2015

Little Bay, Montserrat

Thomas Hiura, C Watch, Carleton College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

“Please be aggressive when you wake me up for mid-watch. I’ll need it.”

That’s what I told Colin and the B Watch crew before going to bed last night. We had spent the past day and a half sailing under the wind/wave protection of St. Kitts and Nevis, and I knew that my C Watch crew would be responsible for launching a potentially tumultuous journey to Montserrat. at 2300 at night. Shout-out to my mom Kazumi and sister Lisa, who know how slow I can be to get going in the morning!


March 04, 2015

Land-Lubbing

Emma Colman, B Watch, Knox College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

I don’t write to you from the desktop computer of the ship. I simply couldn’t, it didn’t feel right. No, I am scribbling this down along the shore of Wellington’s Harbor- Where the tide is coming in and people are strolling by. It is a lovely night and was an impeccable day. We rose in the early hours of the morning (as per usual) then packed our bags for a forest adventure. Amongst our countless blessings, we are fortunate enough to have onboard two people doing a project that led us to Kiatoke National Forest.


March 04, 2015

We Love It Here, But We Miss A Few Things…

Lillian Robinson, University of Vermont

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hello People of Land and those with Internet at Sea!
Lillian here.  At the moment, (that moment being 1600 on March 4th) we are anchored off Nevis Island. We have stopped in this nice little cove to take a break from gybing back and forth so our crew can rest up and get ready for the short but most likely rough sail to Montserrat. If you have been following our blog, you may have seen that winds and waves have been rather high, between 17 and 25 knots (Google the conversion to miles per hour) and they are only predicted to build through the night.


March 03, 2015

Passing Through

Emily Rubinstein, A Watch, Hamilton College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hello to all the loved ones,
Although we just left St. Martin yesterday, we are well on our way to Montserrat by now. The journey between these two islands is very short (should only take us about 2 days), but we have to immerse ourselves fully into the sailor’s mindset while we’re out here. We all had an incredible time in St. Martin, and we are looking forward to a very unique experience on Montserrat, but for these next two days, we are here on the ocean.


March 03, 2015

Exploring Wellington

Chris Dalldorf, C Watch, Dartmouth College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Happy Chreaster Y’all, I’m turning 7!
I’m sorry if this holiday does not mean anything to you, but it means something to my friends, me, and my family.  It’s a long story that starts with my heart attack in 8th grade and me saying “Not today, Death!” (according to my longtime friend Edward, although I think he might be exaggerating) and ends with me celebrating it as my “other birthday” each year.  It’s a positive day, don’t worry.


March 02, 2015

Once Again, We Return To the Sea

James Conley, A Watch, Stonehill College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

“James, James, James” is the first thing I heard whispered into my bunk as I woke up this morning. Knowing that this was my wake up call for dawn watch, I reluctantly replied “Good morning.”  I then heard, “It’s 0550 you have 10 minutes till watch. It’s a little chilly bring a coat.” Rubbing my eyes, I rolled out of my bed and began to get dressed so that I would be on deck in time for my watch. To be honest, I was less than enthused to be waking up this early in the morning. However, I knew that I was the lucky one today—I would get to watch the sun rise this morning.


March 02, 2015

A sunny and windy day in Wellington

Megan Goodman, B Watch, University of San Diego

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

My morning started out with a different sort of wake up than I’ve had on the ship. To a groggy and blurry eyed me, Sienna and Charlotte sang “Happy Birthday” with their lovely voices. Although startling, it was a pleasant surprise. To continue my birthday celebrations, Elliot gave me a gift in the form of a deck practical exam. While it was probably not the best present I have ever gotten, it was fun to see what we’ve learned these past couple of weeks. We were tested on things like line handling, tying knots, points of sail, and the crowd favorite, putting on an immersion suit.


March 01, 2015

The Scholar Ship

Mary Malloy, Ph.D., Professor of Maritime Studies

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

As the historian on board, I’d like to take a few paragraphs and put our voyage into a broader context, as we sail in the wake of some really interesting mariners, beginning with the Polynesians who crossed the Pacific in double-hulled voyaging canoes and arrived in New Zealand around 800 years ago. What the Maori found here was very different from what they left behind on tropical islands like Tahiti, as New Zealand has a temperate climate.


March 01, 2015

Experiencing St. Martin

Kathie Brill, Connecticut College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hello from St. Martin!!
It’s hard to believe that we left San Juan only a week and a half ago. Time is never to spare on board the Cramer, and the amount that we’ve done in the past 10 days far surpasses the norms of life on our home campuses. We’ve been here in St. Martin for the past 3 days, and it has been truly wonderful. Today, I was discussing with one of my shipmates the positive change in energy amongst our group.


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