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SEA Currents: Jun 2016


June 24, 2016

Mama Cramer Presents: Whale Watching

Duff Dean, University of Texas at Austin

Transatlantic Crossing

Worried Parents and Avid Sailors Alike,

We are just 475 nm from the rocky coast of Ireland, and the climax is beginning to build! Many of the students have now made peace with the commotion of the ocean, and all eyes are set towards the ending of our miraculous journey.


June 23, 2016

Mama Cramer Presents: Whale Watching

Sarah Nickford, Stony Brook University

Transatlantic Crossing

Although more recent blog posts all seem to commonly mention Phase III: JWO/JLO, it rightfully deserves this attention. This responsibility tests all of our learning over the past 2+ weeks. From sail handling to hourly responsibilities on deck and in lab, we are the ones that have to make it all happen. The SSV Corwith Cramer usually conducts sampling for science twice a day, weather permitting.


June 22, 2016

Eight Days Left

William Corson, Skidmore College

Transatlantic Crossing

Hello readers!

Eight days. Eight days until we have crossed this beautiful ocean. Eight days until we reach the beautiful land of Ireland. Eight days until we depart from our friends. Eight days before everyone aboard this ship that has been our home for a month is left with bitter sweet emotions of both expansion and loss.


June 21, 2016

Hello from the other side (East of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge)

Ian Kasaitis, McDaniel College

Transatlantic Crossing

Hey Land Lovers!

Nine days left until we reach the pot of gold called Ireland.  It seems like everyone has hit their stride, especially considering we are now ready to be JWOs and JLO’s (Junior and Lab watch officers). Today I was Junior Lab officer, it was a completely different rhythm from being shadow, but I feel like I am starting to learn what being a leader is all about.


June 20, 2016

JWO/JLO? Talk About UH OH

Brianna Cahill, Stony Brook University

Transatlantic Crossing

Hello everyone!

Today was quite the day here on the SSV Corwith Cramer filled with laughs, smiles and an abundance of delicious food! I started my day off waking up early to Meg ringing the breakfast bell and saying “IT’S BAGEL DAY,” to which I promptly hopped out of bed, heading straight for the main salon. Our wonderful steward, Bex had crafted fresh bagels for the morning, amongst many other glorious meals crafted to delicious perfection.


June 19, 2016

Pause Moments

Nina Whittaker, Sailing Intern

Transatlantic Crossing

With all of the bustle of weather and watch and work, it seems strange to think about the slow moments, the pause moments. These elusive patches of time ripple through each day, but come together on Sundays, the day of rest at sea just as much as on land. Although watch schedules continue as usual, there is no class, and peaceful swathes of time drift by for laundry and sleep and talk.

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June 18, 2016

High Seas and High Spirits

Mary Christman, St. John’s College

Transatlantic Crossing

Hello everyone!

It was a busy day as always here on the Cramer! We spent the day feeling the effects of a pretty big low pressure system passing to the north of us. This meant that the dawn watch (C watch) had strong wind, rain, and some big swells this morning. It sounds like they had quite the exhilarating experience striking the jib! When turnover came around and my watch (A watch) came on at 0700 the sky was still overcast and we were still seeing swells as big as 15 feet.

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June 18, 2016

End of Cruise Sentiments

Jeffrey Schell, Chief Scientist

Pacific Reef Expedition

We have accomplished something special here at sea onboard this ship the Robert C. Seamans.  A group of strangers that worked together as a team to observe, document, and finally to understand the effects of the strongest El Niño on record on central Pacific reefs.

So what have we learned?


June 17, 2016

A Poem or three

Courtney Moore, Sailing Intern

Transatlantic Crossing

Phase One
With seas grown high and wind a-blowin’
There’s no place that we’re a goin’
‘Heave to’ they say and ‘hunker down’
To study lest you wear a frown
When the practicals occur
But with no shipmate you confer.
Study ropes and knots and lines
In order that your pin you’ll find;

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June 17, 2016

Engineering Extravaganza

David Evans, Assistant Engineer

Pacific Reef Expedition

Dear Shore & Co.,
As we cruise along these Pacific waters, there are a variety of very important systems on the good ship Robert C. Seamans that makes this voyage considerably more pleasant than it would be otherwise. This is the realm of Engineering, and it is a hot and sweaty place involving diesel engines, a wide variety of pumps, plenty of plumbing, a few dank smells, and more wires than you would ever dream of shaking a stick at. The operating engineer, Mickey, and his assistant, myself, spend our days managing these systems and keeping them running in good order.


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