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SEA Currents: Apr 2016

April 20, 2016

Into the Blue Beyond

Marina Hein, B Watch Northland College

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Today was the day we left the ‘safety’ of the San Juan harbor, pulling up anchor and setting sail. Waking up at 0600 hours, I ate a small breakfast because I didn’t know how seasick I would be once we got out of the harbor. After helping to set and gybe sails I was feeling great, riding each pitch of the boat like a carnival ride, and went below for engine room duty with our engineer. We pumped bilges and turned on the water makers.

April 19, 2016

Safety Drills

Dr. Amy Siuda, Chief Scientist

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

We cut ties with land this morning. Pulled in the dock lines and motored over to an anchorage across San Juan Harbor. We leave behind the busy streets and curious passersby. Thus begins our gradual transition to sea. At anchor, we can feel a gentle roll as small swells pass under the hull. This motion will amplify as we leave the protection of the harbor tomorrow morning; it can be pretty bumpy north of Puerto Rico.

April 19, 2016

The Shadow Phase

Charlotte Lynch, B watch, College of William and Mary

Ocean Exploration

Well, life continues to progress here aboard the Seamans. And what a lovely life it is. We have had some cloud covering move in recently, but between the clouds, the stars, moon and the sun continue to be dazzling, and, I must say, the clouds themselves are pretty spectacular as well. We also have stupendous food, and it continues to get warmer as we continue towards Tahiti!

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April 18, 2016

The First Night!

Jason Quilter, Captain

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Greetings from the SSV Corwith Cramer,

Today begins the sea component of class C-266, SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation. All of our students boarded the Corwith Cramer today at 1400 hours and joined the ship’s company as student crew.

April 18, 2016

Sleepy, Not Tired

Laura Rea, Whitman College

Ocean Exploration

On shore, everyone was very enthused about how fit we were going to get on this ship. Unfortunately, this is not really how things are shaping up to be. Yes, we do haul on lines, but we also eat a lot more than we haul, thanks to our wonderful steward, Lauren. Mix that with the “no running on deck” rule, and you have a lot of lower-body atrophy and midriff bulking up.

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April 17, 2016

C-266: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

The students of C-266, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in San Juan, Puerto Rico, by Monday, April 18th. They will arrive in Woods Hole, MA, around Thursday, May 20th, with a week long port stop in Bermuda.

April 16, 2016

On Our Way Towards the Warmth!

Luca Pejretti, A Watch, Computer Science Institute at University of Eastern Piedmont Amedeo Avogadro

Ocean Exploration

Finally we have started to go north, and as we do so, we are starting to feel a little rise in the temperatures: sea water is now close to 17 °C while the air is around 14 °C. I am excited that we are getting closer to 30° S, a point in which I think we will really start to enjoy the warm weather that we are all waiting for. In the past days we crossed the Louisville Ridge a seamount chain that stretches for thousands of miles across the South Pacific ocean.

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April 15, 2016

Beefin’ Up my Resume

Roberto Sande Carmona, B Watch, Carleton College

Ocean Exploration

As those close to me can confirm, my only pursuit in life is to increase my hire-ability, and my time aboard the Seamans has certainly furthered my cause. It is challenging to recall every skill I have gained or will have by the end our passage, but here is a rough sketch:

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April 14, 2016


Sara Ebb, C Watch, Oberlin College

Ocean Exploration

We’ve been at sea almost two weeks now and have really gotten the hang of sliding with grace, or moving with intent as Cap might say. However, for many of us there’s one spot on board where we still go slippin and slidin: the shower.

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April 13, 2016

We Passed the International Dateline.

Calvin Fok, C Watch, Humboldt State University

Ocean Exploration

Up and down she goes. These rising waves move her stern side to side. This rolling, this rocking motion is what I got used to on Mama Seamans. Today is Wednesday and I woke up to a warm sunshine of the Sun. I had watch from 1300-1900, my watch mates and I set and strike many sails as we sail downwind. As the days slowly past, life at sea begins to have a routine. As you may already know students of S-265 are put into 3 different watches.

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