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SEA Currents: Jul 2015


July 12, 2015

Copepods, Saltines, and a Soggy Paper Bag

Nina Whittaker, C Watch, Kenyon College

Today was our first full day at sea, making headway towards Douarnenez, France. After an uneventful night at anchor, the Cramer was moving at first light, with A watch getting her under way at 0500. Soon we were surrounded by a steely grey sea, where the friendly swells picked the ship up, and rolled her from side to side. Although this movement delighted some of the crew, others were less charmed – there promptly grew a lively trade in saltines and Gatorade on the quarterdeck, to aid our seasick shipmates.


July 12, 2015

Finding Our Sea Legs

Karl Kiser, Pitzer College

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

After nearly a week aboard the Seamans, it would appear that all of us neophytes are finally getting over the initial shock of the pitch, yawl, roll and the three other motions of this dynamic ship. Sleep has been easier to come by as we all have a better grasp the consistently varying schedules demanded by our watch rotation. The friendly competition of a line chase (sort of like a scavenger hunt meets a relay race, where each watch group is to find each line on deck by name) proved that we are grasping an understanding of the, initially intimidating yet now seemingly basic mechanisms, behind setting and striking sail.


July 11, 2015

Saturday Fun!

Alessandra Tallarico & Kate d’Entremont, Needham High School & Franklin High School

SEA Semester

Today we built boats, did a water density lab, and had a pizza party.  We were in 6 groups, and each had to make a boat that could float, hold weight and move. We had 2 hours to build with the items we had collected over the past few days. We test the boats Monday!  After boat building we did a water density lab.

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July 11, 2015

Sierra Charlie

Maggie Chory, Port Watch, Harvard University

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Time aboard is strange and fragmented. It is hard to believe that it has been less than 4 full days of sailing, and only one full watch rotation. Every time I awake in my top bunk, it feels like a new day, yet we sleep in 3-4 hour increments, interrupted by watches and meals. This afternoon marks Port watch’s seventh watch, which will log our next 6 hours in control of the ship, totaling 34 hours so far.


July 10, 2015

The Natural World Above

Samantha Schildroth, University of New England

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The last rays of sunlight depart,
Venus rises, along with Scorpio’s red heart.
Milky white slowly stretches across the sky, & the position of the Summer Triangle flies high.
Great Dipper’s ladle arches to Arcturus, Spica appears, and the Virgin’s stars flourish.
Draco slithers amidst the darkening horizon, While the legs of Leo leap into an elegant run.
An elusive glimmer flicks among Altair,
And we finally understand the beauty of a sky so rare.


July 10, 2015

A day in Woods Hole!

Kenneth James, Urban Science Academy

SEA Semester

Today was a very exciting day. First, we went to a U.S Coast Guard base in Woods Hole where we were escorted through the facility and saw their base of operations, where they recieve all of their calls. They actually work on 48 hours shifts meaning for 2 days they stay there on site. We got to go on the boats where we saw how they operate them and navigate, so they don’t get lost. If you ever want a Coast Guard boat I suggest you start saving now because they cost around 4 million dollars!  You may be able to buy one by the time you are 80 years old.

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July 09, 2015

Plastic Trash and Naval Strategies

Eleanor Cooper-Silvis, Trinity High School

SEA Semester

Hi everyone!
Today we woke up to the best scones of our entire lives (sorry Mom). Then we had a really interesting guest lecture, that opened up our eyes to cool new careers, and more about marine debris and the impact it has on the environment.

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July 09, 2015

C-261 Students Have Arrived

The students of SEA Semester class C-261, Historic Seaports of Western Europe, are all safely aboard the Corwith Cramer.  They will spend the first few days alongside in Cork, Ireland before beginning their ocean voyage through Europe.  Watch this blog for updates from the students & crew over the next four weeks.


July 09, 2015

SEA Semester C-261, Historic Seaports

Historic Seaports

The students of C-261, SEA Semester: Historic Seaports, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Cork, Ireland, by Thursday, July 9th. After port stops in France and Portugal, they will end their voyage in Cadiz, Spain, around Friday, August 8th.


July 08, 2015

A nice quiet campus day

Theo Berkman & Richard Boodaghian

SEA Semester

Today we woke up to the sweet smell of bacon and coffee. As we got ready for class it dawned on us that it would soon rain so our field trip was canceled. Instead of going to the beach to observe natural erosion and geology we took the time and worked on our salt marsh posters.

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