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SEA Currents: Feb 2016


February 19, 2016

I’m Swimming In Data!

Martin Green, Carleton College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

The day began with a personal lesson in accuracy. While conducting my morning rounds to wake up the next watch so that they can eat breakfast before their shift (which I did do at the right time!), I was telling them the meal was ready twenty minutes earlier than it really was. Upon realizing my mistake, I had to go back below deck to correct my mistake, which brought down simultaneously sleepy and annoyed glares throughout the ship. But hey, now I will never forget that breakfast is always at 0620.


February 18, 2016

The First Full Day on the Bobby C

Alex Salesin, C watch, University of Virginia

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Hello! We’re having a fantastic time getting settled here on the ship. Our second to last member joined us today after a delayed flight and we will be excited to see our last crew member board this evening. We started the day with a chipper triangle instrument calling us to breakfast and sat down to our first family style morning meal. Then the crew attempted to fill our heads with even more information as we learned the basics of line handling.


February 18, 2016

The Basics of a Salty Caribbean Sailor

Riley Mehring, Whitman College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Yesterday was our first day on the open sea as we made our transit from Gallows Bay, St. Croix to our current mooring at Francis Bay, St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. While I would like to say it was a 100% delightful crossing, I spent a significant portion with my head stuck over the railing so as not to vomit on our beautiful ship. I am told by the crew that keeping your eyes on the horizon will help with the sea sickness and despite my regurgitation of breakfast, I am thankful for the view.


February 18, 2016

BU Today Features Recent Transatlantic Voyage

SEA Semester

SEA Semester® in the News:
“Studying Out on the Open Ocean”
By Amy Laskowski | Feb. 18, 2016

Siya Qiu didn’t know the difference between a jib and a bowsprit when she decided to spend a semester studying aboard the research vessel SSV Corwith Cramer. But after a six-week voyage that took her from Spain’s Canary Islands to St. Croix in the Caribbean, Qiu (CAS’17), a marine science major, soon became well versed on what it’s like to live at sea.  Read the full story.


February 17, 2016

Kia ora, Aotearoa

Jeff Wescott, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Sea Education Association

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Today begins the sea component for the class, crew, and faculty of Global Oceans New Zealand S-264. One advantage of an early ship arrival for a faculty member is the opportunity to see the incredible work of the oncoming and off-going crews in preparing the ship for the next voyage. I have been here on the ship for three days, constantly impressed by the collective knowledge and skill exhibited in every dimension of ship maintenance.


February 17, 2016

SSV Corwith Cramer departure from St Croix

Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

It is with mixed emotions that we depart from Christiansted, St Croix for the open-ocean and distant ports of call.  There is an undeniable sense of adventure – braving the winds, weather, and waves; travel to places new and unfamiliar!  Yet, there is also a hint of trepidation and sadness as we say goodbye, for now, to family and friends, to the comforts onshore and familiar routines.  Though all onshore will be missed we are heartened in knowing we join a new family of shipmates onboard Mama Cramer.


February 16, 2016

Day 1: Orientation and Field Trips

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies Faculty

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Today was our first full day of programming, and it was a busy one. The day started with more orientation to life aboard followed rather quickly by a field trip to a local snorkeling site, Cane Bay, where students conducted their first reef survey of Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program sea component. Under the direct supervision of faculty and staff, students set out to locate and tally marine life in and around the coral reef. It was a successful snorkel by all accounts, and we now have a base set of data for comparison with upcoming port stop surveys.


February 15, 2016

S-264, The Global Ocean: New Zealand

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

The students of S-264, The Global Ocean: New Zealand, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Auckland, New Zealand, by February 17th. They will end their voyage around March 26th, in Christchurch, New Zealand, with planned port stops in Bay of Islands, Russell, Wellington and Dunedin.


February 15, 2016

C-264: Sea component begins

Chris Nolan, Captain

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hello from the Sailing School Vessel Corwith Cramer and the ship’s company of trip C-264. All is well aboard and the student crew had a great day learning the ropes, taking part in safety drills and getting acquainted with their new home. We will get underway Wednesday for a short sail to St. John.


February 12, 2016

C-264, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

The students of C-264, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in St. Croix by Monday, February 15th. They end their voyage in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, around March 25th, with planned port stops of St. John, San Juan, Samana, Santiago de Cuba, and Port Antonio.


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