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SEA Currents: Nov 2016


November 17, 2016

Fun things that were New-New at Anchor in Whangamumu

Dakota Hanke-Ledwith, C watch, University of Vermont

Ocean Exploration

I woke up for our morning watch, and as I clambered onto the quarter deck, all I could see around us in a 360 degree view, was a beautiful, green, landscape. And my initial thought was ‘how in the heck did we get in here?!’

This was accomplished by some serious maneauvers, clear communication, and teamwork while being “pelted in the eyes” by rain says Captain Pamela.


November 16, 2016

Heading Towards Russell

Kyra Thompson, B watch, Hawaii Pacific University

Ocean Exploration

We are underway to Russel today once again leaving from Kawau Bay, we were very lucky and fortunate that the weather and winds changed in our favor to a westerly wind that allowed us to get underway at first light this morning. It was a very exciting morning and day overall. We set a max of four sails, our four lowers (Main’sl, Mainstay’sl, Forestay’sl, and Jib). C watch had the watch that put the sails up first. Then during class all hands (everyone) was able to set some sails as we jibed to slow down the ship in order to do a science station.

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November 16, 2016

A Day in the Life

Rob Balloch, B watch, Colorado College

Oceans & Climate

Today was yet another great day on the SSV Corwith Cramer that had a beginning, middle, and a spectacular end. This is the story of this day. I hope it gives you as parents and friends insight and comfort knowing the idyllic lifestyle that we are leading here on our journey across the Atlantic.

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November 15, 2016

Under a Super Moon

Gabrielle Ment, B Watch, Oberlin College

Oceans & Climate

Time aboard the Corwith Cramer moves neither fast nor slow, instead I feel a new connection to time that can travel and depends deeply on Cramer, the ocean, elemental processes and the celestial universe. I had the great privilege of being on the Dawn Watch from 0100 to 0700 for our first night at sea. With all the excitement and condensed learning of sails, boat and sail anatomy, lifestyle and rules on board, there was no way I could fall asleep before our much anticipated first watch at 0100 under the super moon.

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November 15, 2016

Our Other Self

Kaia Findlay, A Watch, UNC-Chapel Hill

Ocean Exploration

There’s a Navajo poem called In Lak’ech (this is spelled wrong but without the wonders of Google I can’t look up the correction) that goes:

You are my other me.
If I do harm to you,
I do harm to myself.
If I love and respect you,
I love and respect myself.

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November 14, 2016

Getting Underway

Dr. Chuck Lea, Chief Scientist S-270

Ocean Exploration

We are complete! The last people to arrive have arrived and we are ready to go. After an intense day of orientation to the ship, the lab,the galley and a complete round of safety drills we feel like we can make our way to the north. First we’ll get another good night on the hook getting some more rest but also letting the students become more familiar with the routines, lines and responsibilities of the ship. They are standing anchor watch and looking out after us all after only a day onboard.


November 14, 2016

On My Way!

John Irving, C Watch, Stonehill College

Oceans & Climate

As we leave the mountains of Gran Canaria and Tenerife behind us, we are finally earning what we have been working so hard for: blue open ocean aboard the Corwith Cramer. For the past 24 hours I have been in a state of awe because this dream of mine has finally come true, but also have a strong sense of pride knowing the amount of work I have put in to get here. Although I am excited, I realize the vast amount of work ahead of me - sailing requires work for every mile and we are an ocean away from Dominica.

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November 13, 2016

Class S-270 begins!

Janet Bering, B Watch, 2nd Assistant Scientist

Ocean Exploration

Greetings family and friends of the newest crew of the Robert C. Seamans, class S-270!

Today is my favorite day of each trip! We, the professional crew and interns, greet our student crew as they arrive to the ship from the states and begin our new adventure. Everyone is so excited and energized for all of the glorious days yet to come and all of the learning we will all do. It is a very fun day.

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November 13, 2016

Underway from Las Palmas

Deb Goodwin & Jason Quilter, Chief Scientist & Captain

Oceans & Climate

Good evening from the Corwith Cramer,

We’re underway from Las Palmas, bound south along the coast of Gran Canaria and then southwest among the Canary Islands. Students spent much of yesterday and today getting oriented to the ship and starting to learn the new language spoken onboard.

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November 13, 2016

New Zealand Earthquake Update

As you may have heard in the news this morning, there has been an earthquake event on the South Island of New Zealand.

The Robert C. Seamans is anchored and aware of this event. All appears okay for their area. They have communicated with the harbormaster and have been informed no immediate concerns for Auckland harbor and are continuing to monitor this situation.

We will continue to post updates here should any new information become available.

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