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SEA Currents: Jul 2015


July 22, 2015

A Sea of Stars

Sara Martin, B Watch, Second Mate

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

The Cramer has been doggedly making her way southwest, and everyone aboard cherishes hopes of cloudless skies and the steady, favorable breezes of the Portuguese trades once we turn the corner off Cape Finisterre.  The Bay of Biscay has offered us a mix of marvelous sailing and tedious motoring, but all of it under a seemingly endless dome of clouds varied only by whether those clouds are actively misting on us or not.


July 22, 2015

A Day in New Bedford

Isaac McDaniel & Eve Coffman, John Champe High School & Pasadena Waldorf School

SEA Semester

After a wonderful breakfast of chocolate pancakes, we students boarded a bus to the town of New Bedford. The first stop was at Bergie’s Seafood where we got to see how fish are processed after being unloaded from ships. The next stop was at the Seamen’s Bethel, a church where sailors lost at sea are honored with plaques and relics from their days in the wild oceans. Crossing the street, we entered the famed New Bedford Whaling Museum.

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July 22, 2015

A Day at Kanton Island

Maddie Beattie, Albion College

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

My day today started at 5am with my hour of anchor watch.  When we are at port, pairs of students stand watch for an hour at a time over the course of the night completing boat checks, weather observations, and making sure our anchors hold fast.  Taking an early morning watch meant I had almost seven hours of uninterrupted sleep, a rarity during life at sea.  After watch, I joined Captain Pamela and several other students for a 6 o’clock dawn run on Kanton Island.


July 22, 2015

Knox College Features Phoenix Islands Student Voyage

SEA Semester® in the News:
“Knox Student Joins Pioneering Pacific Research Expedition”
Niki Acton, Knox College | July 22, 2015

Nathan Kemp ‘16 is spending his summer at sea. Supplementing his study of environmental studies and biology, Kemp is a participant in the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester program, Protecting the Phoenix Islands.

Read the full story here.


July 21, 2015

Transference

The Students of B watch

Many students aboard the Corwith Cramer will never sail again aboard a tall ship, or perhaps ever again travel in close quarters with a couple dozen total strangers. We learn skills out here on the ocean, from furling a sail to setting a stay’sl, from gybing to navigation by sextant, from knowledge of world fisheries (as we discussed today) to the simple facts required to live comfortably on a ship. Learning these skills or gaining this knowledge can certainly be gratifying, but looking ahead, most students currently aboard the Cramer will never (or at best infrequently) use these skills again in their lives.


July 21, 2015

Knots & Lectures & The Beach, Oh My!

Marissa Shaw & Shoshana Moriarity, SEASCape II RAs

SEA Semester

Students woke up bright and early this morning to fresh blueberry muffins and the haze of another hot day. After chores and meetings with watch groups, where students learned to tie figure 8 knots, everyone arrived in the Madden Center eager to begin academic work. Last night, students had come up with terms they thought encompassed the study of oceanography—a very impressive and extensive list including zooxanthanlae, wow—and today under Maia’s direction students sorted these terms into broader categories.

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July 21, 2015

At Anchor in Kanton Lagoon

Elise Ziemendorf, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Today marks the second day in a row of waking up to Land Ho! However, this time we have made way to Kanton Island, where we plan to stay for the next four days. I went on deck this morning to lay my own eyes on Kanton just as the rain was ending. My watch only faced one squall during our four-hour night watch, but word has it that dawn watch did not see many moments without rainfall.

To enter the lagoon in the middle of Kanton Island, we must pass through the lone channel connecting the open ocean to the lagoon.


July 20, 2015

A Renga at Sea

C-261, Students & Crew

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

Renga is a Japanese verse form in which a series of poets build on each other’s work using repeating words, images, or allusions. During class yesterday, the C-261 students and crew wrote a modified renga based on their observations and perceptions of the day’s conditions.


July 20, 2015

Bowdoin College students highlighted for summer voyages

SEA Semester

SEA Semester® in the News:
“So Much To Sea: Freeman ’17 and Schuldt ’18 Embark on Tall Ship Adventures”
Bowdoin Daily Sun staff | July 20, 2015

Two students have spent part of their summers learning the ropes at sea aboard a tall ship.

Read the full story here.


July 20, 2015

University of New England features PIPA voyage student

SEA Semester® in the News: “Samantha Schildroth sails on research expedition to Phoenix Islands”
University of New England | July 20, 2015

BIDDEFORD, Maine—Samantha Schildroth (Medical Biology and Environmental Science, ’17) has set her sails for the Phoenix Islands, a largely unexplored region of the Pacific Ocean, where she, along with 21 other undergraduates who are sailing with her, will gather data on the islands as part of their eight-week Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester summer program.

Read the full story here.


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