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SEA Currents: Nov 2015


November 25, 2015

Haiku for You

Anna Simpson and Emma Wightman, A Watch, University of New Hampshire and Roger Williams University

Oceans & Climate

Hello all! This is Anna (the Simpsonator) and Emma (Wighty) comin at ya live from the middle of the Atlantic. Today we took the time to gather haikus from people onboard, so all our dedicated fans could get a taste of life on board and how we’re all doing out here. So without further ado:

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November 24, 2015

A Whole New World

Siya Qiu, B Watch, Boston University

Oceans & Climate

Hello my family and friends, this is Siya. It is hard to write this blog because so many things happened in the past two weeks and I do not know where to begin. Life at sea is much different than life on shore, and one thing I notice is that people on Cramer treat each other as family. We do a lot of school work, but even more time is spent learning how to live on the ship. There is a whole new language to learn. In the past, sailors learned sailing by oral traditions and working on the ship, and now we are learning in the same way.


November 24, 2015

Field Day Pun Here

Liam Gunn, Bowdoin College

Friends, enemies, and variations thereupon,

Today, we finally joined in on this ancient SEA Semester tradition practiced once a week on every voyage. The entire ship’s students and professors, crew and scientists, came together for a long-overdue cleaning of the entire ship known fondly as “Field Day.”


November 23, 2015

Rocking and Rolling in the Trade Winds

Janet McMahon, C Watch, Sailing Intern

Oceans & Climate

Five straight days of sailing in the irrepressible trades.  Being a New Englander, I’m not used to the constancy of the tropics in late fall – blue skies, impossibly blue water, swells and wind always out of the east and at the moment covering our ship with a thin fine layer of red Saharan dust. Our voyage so far has been full of camaraderie, learning, great food, brilliant stars, swells ranging from five feet to the occasional twenty footer, an empty ocean on the surface that teems with life below.

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November 23, 2015

A Dramatic Interpretation of Time at Sea

Elizabeth Stephens, A Watch, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Time has had a funny way of changing its meaning while being aboard Seamans. It’s almost like we’re sailing through another dimension, where days and nights don’t really exist and the only weather we’ve ever had is that which we are experiencing in the present. In place of days, there are simply cycles without beginning or an end, which loop on infinitely. There are times when it is light and times when it is dark.


November 22, 2015

Vivid Dreams

Andy Sia, Colgate University

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Friends, enemies,

We have all been having vivid dreams recently. Our dreams were not necessarily maritime-related, though one of us did dream about “the crew”, as she put it in her vague terms. Come to think of it, all of us had described our dreams in a scant manner, despite insisting that these dreams were rich and almost lifelike, almost tangible. I do suppose there is something rather personal in divulging the contents of one’s dream, but it may be that perhaps it is simply impossible to translate the full experience of a dream into real life.


November 22, 2015

Life at sea is SWELL

Emma Wightman, A Watch, Roger Williams University

Oceans & Climate

Hello friends, realtives, strangers, aquantainces, people you met that one time at a party, and people who just stumbled on this blog by accident. It’s been a lovely week underway on the SSV Corwith Cramer! The past few days have been somewhat sporty (shoutout to Captain Jason for the term) with hazy skies, high winds gusting to a Beaufort force 7, and massive swells that have rocked us all night and day! Yesterday, we even had a wave crash over deck and spill in to the aft cabin which isn’t the most ideal situation.

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November 21, 2015

Bobbin’ N Weavin’ Aboard the Bobby C. Seamans

Faye Hubregsen, A-Watch, Boston College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

To all Family, Friends, SEA Alumni, Prospective SEA Students, Land-lovers and Matees Back Home:
Hello from the Southern Hemisphere!  It’s day three sailing aboard Mama Seamans and we have quickly learned that foul weather makes for a tight ship.  Plus, our fearless Captain Burke reminds us that learning on the job in these adverse weather conditions will help us develop non-shortcutting habits early on.  We passed through the Hauraki Gulf yesterday and after a night hove-to, we are now 46.5 nautical miles Northeast by East of the Great Barrier Islands bound for the Bay of Islands where we arrive right in time for Thanksgiving!


November 21, 2015

Field Day and Fire Hoses

Holly Westbrook, B Watch, University of Connecticut

Oceans & Climate

Hello from the open ocean! Today has been a whirlwind—you don’t get Saturdays off while crossing the Atlantic on a tall ship. My watch had the morning watch, 0700-1300, and in a few hours we’ll be taking the mid watch, 2300-0300. I’m pretty excited because that is my favorite watch so far; I fall asleep really quickly afterward, though sometimes I sleep through breakfast. Even though we have this nice 10 hour gap in between, don’t get the idea that we’ve just been sitting here twiddling out thumbs.

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November 20, 2015

Bioluminescent Sandwich

Emma Tolerton, B Watch, Mount Holyoke College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Hello readers!
We spent the night anchored just off Kawau Island where we stood anchor watches in pairs for an hour at a time. When we came on deck to relieve Julianna for anchor watch, the first thing she had to report was the “cool thing”. She poured a splash of her water overboard and upon contact with the sea, the water glowed! The rest of our watch was less eventful.


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