Ready for an adventure with a purpose? Request info »
  • Search SEA Semester, Summer and High School Programs
  • View SEA Semester campus visit calendar
SEA Currents Blog

SEA Currents: Nov 2015


November 30, 2015

Magic Carpet Ride

Ken Legg, Overseer, SEA

Oceans & Climate

The past two weeks have been a magic carpet ride on a magic boat. Perfect conditions, broad reaching to running in 20-25 kt trades, blue skies and seas, bright moon which is now waning allowing us to view an amazing sky full of stars. Last night we took a star tour led by First Mate Scott, with a spectacular view of the Andromeda Galaxy- the farthest object visible to the naked eye , 2.5 million light years away.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c263  life at sea  sailing • (2) CommentsPermalink

November 29, 2015

Wind Blown & Wild!

Eben Kopp, C Watch, Bowdoin College

Oceans & Climate

Hello to friends & family of all aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer! How is life on land? Do you miss us, because we miss YOU! For everyone north of us, I’m sorry! It must be so cold! As you keep adding layers to your wardrobe, we are soaking up the sun day after day. Don’t be too sad though-maybe our tans will radiate heat to you when you see us next.

I’ve decided to write about a few things you may or may not know about life aboard the Cramer:

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c263  life at sea • (0) CommentsPermalink

November 29, 2015

Tuna and Tim Tams

Lucy Marshall, C-Watch, Colorado College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Hello!

Hope everyone at home had an amazing Thanksgiving! We definitely did, and today (3 days later) we are finally able to move again after being full for a couple of days. We picked up anchor in Russell and we’re heading back out to the open ocean after depleting the local sources of Tim Tams (NZ chocolate biscuits). Just kidding sort of.


November 28, 2015

A More Stable Life

Xiaotong Zou, C Watch, Gettysburg College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Land Ho! After a week sailing we finally arrived in the Bay of Islands two days ago! The ocean has been treating us well, for the last few days the wind and sea had calmed down a lot compare to when we left Auckland. Everybody is now more used to the rock n’ rolling of the ship and has learned to walk not quite vertically. We anchored in the harbor of Russell and had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner on board on Thursday.


November 28, 2015

Location, Location, Location

Molly Pickel, A Watch, Sailing Intern

Oceans & Climate

We’re sailing along and I think everyone is finally used to the rhythm of life at sea - the strange sleep schedule and frequent snacks. However, there have been some changes this week. We’ve transitioned into phase two of the program, in which one student shadows the mate and scientist each watch. Each watch also is working with a different mate and scientist now. I think we’re all sad to leave our original watch officers, but as we start taking the lead, it’s good to see different styles and learn new things from another person.


November 27, 2015

A Visit to Pahia and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Zalo Crivelli, Amherst College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Hi all,
Yesterday class S-263 and crew arrived to the Bay of Islands and enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner aboard the Seamans with a few locals.  Today we visited a town named Pahia (or “Heaven”, so called for its historic church presence), and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where New Zealand’s historic land and power treaty with the British crown was signed. In order to get to Pahia and the Waitangi Treaty grounds, our class and crew first lowered and boarded a motorized dinghy from the Seamans to Russel (or “Hell”, so called for its brothel, bar, and tattoo parlor presence in the 18th - 19th century). We then rode a ferry to the small dock at Pahia.


November 27, 2015

Westward Ho!

Peter Barron, B Watch, Carleton College

Oceans & Climate

Today is a momentous day for us. After all of this time at sea I can now say that we are solidly about a week from land in any direction, and even more importantly we have reached our fabled Checkpoint A. At about 1700 (5:00pm for you landlubbers) we turned the wheel away from the comfortable ~230os true we have been steering these last many days, as we have reached our golden latitude. From this point on we will be steering nearly straight west, towards our next checkpoint in the Caribbean.


November 26, 2015

An American Thanksgiving Abroad

Hayley Kushner, B Watch, Colby College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Ahhh, Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday in which we overindulge with the ones we (hopefully) love. Just kidding (maybe not). For me, Thanksgiving is a holiday that I feel very specific about. My family and I have many traditions surrounding Thanksgiving that I hold very near and dear to my heart. So, as you can imagine, the idea of celebrating this special holiday abroad was quite a daunting one.


November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving on the High Seas

Jamie Dalgleish, Mount Allison University

Oceans & Climate

Today is American Thanksgiving, and festivities have been ongoing aboard the Cramer all day!  From making hand turkeys during morning watch (don’t worry, we also did science and sail handling) to a big, traditional Thanksgiving dinner, we definitely did Thanksgiving despite being on the high seas.  In fact, we also had a special Thanksgiving swizzle.  A swizzle is a little party onboard for which everyone dresses up or wears special/crazy clothes.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c263  life at sea • (0) CommentsPermalink

November 25, 2015

Almost Thankful

Chelsea Ettlinger, C-Watch, Oberlin College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Ahoy Maities!

At this point, as you all know if you’ve been good little home dwellers and reading the blog posts daily, the movement of time on mama Seamans is a funky thing. So for the past few days (or so, but who can say for sure how long it’s been, really) we have been blessed by Neptune and the wind blowers with beautiful warm sun filled days and calm seas. Spirits are high and smiles are abundant. The ship is growing into that happy place we all hoped it would reach.

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: s263 • (1) CommentsPermalink

Page 1 of 7 pages  1 2 3 >  Last ›