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SEA Currents: Oct 2015

October 22, 2015

On the Road Again

Breanna Wydra, Lawrence University

The Global Ocean: Europe

After a long and relaxing port stop in Cadiz, we’re finally underway to Madeira!  We had all hands breakfast this morning before heading up on deck for general quarters, at which point we began the slightly arduous process of leaving the harbor.  The weather was finally cooperating at least – only on our last morning in the city did the sun finally decide to come out. Come out it did, too! No one was used to that much heat after so many days of grey skies. It’s exciting to be out on the water again, though, so it was worth a little time in the direct sunlight and sweat.

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October 21, 2015

Sun and Cleaning in Cadiz

Ana Rita Rodrigues, University of Azores

The Global Ocean: Europe

Hello everyone. This was our fifth day in Cadiz, which was an extra day. We chose to wait another day because, with flexibility in our schedule, we could easily delay our departure and wait for seas to calm down now that the wind and rain has lessened. And now, we are having our first full day of sun in Cadiz.

October 21, 2015

Rich Mahogany

Greg Sayles, A Watch, Colorado College


First full day in Fiji and I can already tell I’ll want to come back one day. After talking to some of my classmates it seems as though everyone had a great day. Half of the class went on a day sail with students from the University of the South Pacific and others. I was part of the crew that got the day to explore what Suva has to offer. I left the ship at 0830 and headed to the market.

October 20, 2015

The Ruins of Baelo Claudia

Oscar Tsao, Stonehill College

The Global Ocean: Europe

So far, today has been yet another cloudy (and occassionally rainy) day for us in Cadiz. On the bright side, the sun has shined through every now and then as the afternoon progresses. Much like the past few days, a little rain won’t stop us today!

At 0900 this morning, we hopped on a bus and made our way down to the ancient Roman city, Baelo Claudia, located a little bit west from the Strait of Gibraltar. Baelo has long been abandoned but luckily, some its ruins have been excavated, allowing us to travel back in time to learn about this once very important Roman city.

October 19, 2015

SEA Plastics Research Featured on Radio-Canada TV Show

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SEA Semester® in the News:
French-Canadian reporter Michel Rochon of ICI Radio-Canada interviewed Drs. Kara Lavender Law and Erik Zettler and visited the SSV Corwith Cramer in Woods Hole this June for a story about ocean plastics pollution and the “Plastisphere,” the millions of tiny organisms that colonize these plastic bits. On Sunday, October 18, 2015, the science television program Découverte aired its broadcast featuring this documentary.

Read the story (in French) and view the video here.

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October 19, 2015

How to Become a Salty Sailor

Mairin Wilson, B watch, Middlebury College


A few days ago we started phase two of the sailing portion of the program.

In this phase we are getting more responsibilities and honing our sailing skills. To quantify these skills the mates made a checklist, which includes knowing where all the lines are, the parts of the sails, the lookouts responsibility, etc. Although these skills are crucial for us to safely take on more responsibilities, there is a lot more to becoming a truly salty Seaman.

October 19, 2015

If You’re on Time, You’re Late

Sarah Whitcher, Assistant Steward

The Global Ocean: Europe

Today began at 0500 for me, a welcome reprise from the standard 0420 wakeup for a steward- roughly two hours before breakfast is rung up. The extra sleep is owed to our being in port, where there is no need to maintain the same watch-schedule we hold while underway.

October 18, 2015


Margaux Burnham, University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Global Ocean: Europe

My first text message yesterday as we stepped off the boat and onto dry land: “LAND, SWEET LAND!!” If I had a smidge less dignity I would have knelt and kissed the ground we walked on. At approximately 1330, we officially arrived in Cadiz and felt something solid beneath our feet for the first time in over a week.

October 18, 2015

The Weekend

Elsie Thompson, C Watch, Marist College


Even though at sea we have a very busy routine that limits us to mostly just eating, sleeping, and being on watch, we still manage to have a “weekend”. Now, our weekend only lasts about 12 hours but we get them every three days. Having a weekend means that you do not have the morning watch (0700-1300) or the afternoon watch (1300-1900). And just like weekends in the “real world”, we don’t get them without a week worth of work. Before getting to the weekend a watch must have the 3am dawn watch.

October 17, 2015

Experiencing Cadiz

Sara Salazar, B Watch, Hampshire College

The Global Ocean: Europe

Ahoy land dwellers! Today we docked at 1045 after motorsailing into the entrance of the port of Cadiz to our assigned dock location. After we docked, B watch was on deck duty and secured the Cramer by hanging and coiling any loose lines, securing the ladder to go onto land, and hosing down the deck. The rest of the ship got prepared for lunch and looked at a number of resources that gave information on the city of Cadiz. At 1130 everyone mustered in the main salon to hear the schedule for our port stop over the next few days.

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