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SEA Currents: Sep 2015


September 17, 2015

Vassar College Chronicles Summer 2015 Voyages

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“A Summer at Sea
by Larry Hertz, Vassar College | Sept. 17, 2015

Ben Lehr ‘16 honed his leadership skills this summer as a member of the crew of a 134-foot sailing ship that crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Katie Hoots ’18 gained a greater understanding of what she calls “a sense of pride and love for the earth” during a five-week visit to Hawaii that included nearly two weeks at sea. Both Lehr and Hoots say their summer travels, organized by the Sea Education Association (SEA), were among the best experiences of their lives.

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September 16, 2015

Global Ocean Europe Student Spotlighted by Stonehill College

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Setting Sail: Oscar Tsao ’17 to Spend Semester At Sea”
Stonehill College | Sept. 16, 2015

At the end of the month, Stonehill’s Oscar Tsao ’17 will embark on a sailing adventure to Spain and Portugal through the highly competitive Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester Study Abroad Program. One of 14 students selected for SEA’s “Global Ocean” voyage, Tsao will be investigating the human impacts on the ocean throughout his six week’s at sea on the SSV Corwith Cramer, a state-of-the-art 134 brigantine.

As an international business major, the decision to take part in a program focused on environmental issues may seem unorthodox but to Tsao, that was exactly the point.

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September 16, 2015

She Swims!

Chris Nolan, Captain

Corwith Cramer

SSV Corwith Cramer is back in the water, where she belongs. After a month-long maintenance period and a new bottom paint job, we launched the ship on the marine railway and tied her up on the dock for a few more days of maintenance before we depart Mallorca. It feels great to be back on the water.

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September 14, 2015

Harvard’s John Huth Speaks on Navigation, Marshall Islands-Style

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

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One of the hallmarks of a SEA Semester education is learning to navigate the ocean by traditional methods. We don’t reject modern conveniences like GPS, but we’re strong believers in preserving time-tested approaches to understanding the world around us—a form of cultural sustainability, if you will.

Starting in the classroom and continuing on board our ships, we teach our students how the sun, stars, moon, and other celestial cues can help them locate their position on Earth and, by extension, reach their desired destinations. Today, we hosted Harvard University Professor John Huth, who presented class S-262, Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems, with a detailed look at techniques used for centuries by dwellers of the remote Marshall Islands to chart paths, negotiate waves, and handle winds.


September 11, 2015

Past the Halfway Mark

Farley Miller, Scientist

Farley hacks into the interweb

Hello world, greetings from the crew of the Corwith Cramer here in Mallorca. We are solidly past the 50% mark for this yard period, and departments are (for the most part) putting more things back together than we are taking apart. For the most part. The boat is still hauled out, with fresh paint going on the hull, a clean polished prop, and the plexiglass through-hulls for our acoustic instruments inspected and clean.

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September 09, 2015

Bottom Paint

Chris Nolan, Captain

Cramer Hauled Out

Periodically, it is necessary to haul steel ships out of the water in order to paint their bottoms with anti-fouling paint.  Because many creatures of the ocean are relentless in seeking out places to call home, modern ships fight a constant battle against their growth on the hull.

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September 03, 2015

Like a Fish Out of Water

Chris Nolan, Captain

Corwith Cramer Haul-out 2015

Today we dry-docked the SSV Corwith Cramer for maintenance to her underwater paint system.  Dry-docking a ship is always a fun experience for the crew…it is rare to see one’s floating home stuck like a fish out of water “on the hard.”  There are a few ways to dry dock a ship: cradles and cranes, graving docks, lifting docks, etc.  Here in Palma de Mallorca, the yard uses a marine railway, which is one of the coolest ways to bring a boat ashore.

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September 02, 2015

George Washington Features Transatlantic Crossing Student

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“GW Student Learns to Lead on the High Seas”
by Brittany Dunkins, George Washington University | Sept. 2, 2015

This summer, while George Washington University student Joseph Sitzmann’s classmates were toiling in cubicles in Midtown Manhattan and downtown D.C., Mr. Sitzmann was more than 60 feet above the Atlantic Ocean clinging to the mast of a 134-foot sailboat bound for Ireland.

He had been working up to the feat for nearly five weeks as a crewmember and student in the SEA Semester program, an academic summer excursion designed to teach students leadership skills through a trans-Atlantic voyage on a working sailboat.

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