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SEA Currents: Dec 2016


December 06, 2016

Follow the Stars

Hannah Newhall, B Watch, Colby College

Oceans & Climate

Few aspects of life are steady on the Corwith Cramer. Apart from the gimbaled tables and bunk curtains, everything around them seems to be ever-changing, moving forward, sailing west. Tonight we navigate by the stars, allowing them to show us the way. At the onset of each evening twilight, we watch as familiar stars rise from the deep horizon astern, illuminating our infinite ceiling overhead. The stars coax us west as we follow their path across the open Atlantic Ocean.

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December 06, 2016

Excerpts from my Journal

Julia Bridgforth, B Watch, Sewanee: The University of the South

Ocean Exploration

November 13 , 18:30
Apprehensive but excited. Very excited to disconnect from the FOMO I have been experiencing all semester. This may be late, but its finally here and I am ready to take it on, lah lah lah.

November 17, 10:52

I should probably shower today, I haven’t since Dunedin. Today turned out to be one of the best days probably of life. Since we were tucked in our little alcove, away from the gusting winds, conditions were favorable for swimming!

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December 06, 2016

SEA Semester’s Polynesia voyage is perfect fit for Drew University student

SEA Semester

SEA Semester in the News
Drew Sophomore Studies Ecosystems and Sustainability in Polynesia
Marina Mozak sails on a tall ship research vessel
Drew Today

December 2016 – Drew University student Marina Mozak bid a temporary farewell to The Forest to spend a semester at sea.

Mozak, a sophomore studying environmental science and political science, was among 25 students who studied ecosystems and sustainability in Polynesian island cultures aboard a tall ship research vessel, the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Other schools represented on the trip included the University of Virginia, Wellesley College, Vassar College and Villanova University.

The program, run by the Sea Education Association, began in August with preparatory course work in Woods Hole, Mass. From there, Mozak and her peers traveled to American Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and disembarked for a final time in Auckland, New Zealand last month. Mozak also wrote about life on a ship via the program’s blog, SEA Currents.

Read the FULL STORY.


December 05, 2016

J-WOW!!!

Kelsee York, A Watch, Macalester College

Oceans & Climate

Hello squad, here we are again. Time moves so strangely aboard the Cramer. How is it already December 5th? The 5th, it’s a good day, there is just something about this 5th of December that’s super special. Anyways, spirits are high today, crossing the 2,000 nautical miles traveled mark early in the day definitely helped. Although, the all-powerful sun kindly reminded me that we are indeed in the tropics-it’s hot!! In other news, we keep moving along in our deck and lab skills.

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December 05, 2016

Shadowing Days

Lorna Mitchison-Field, A Watch, Mount Holyoke College

Ocean Exploration

As part of fully learning about living aboard the SSV Seamans, students and sailing interns get to take turns being the shadowing the steward and engineers. I had the pleasure of being assistant steward yesterday, which meant planning out the all the day’s meals and snacks with our steward, Chris. Instead of standing on my two watch shifts, I got to help out in the galley all day. Possibly my favorite thing we made yesterday were the blueberry scones for morning snack.

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December 04, 2016

A Hispanic Laboratory

Anthony Crespo, A Watch, Syracuse University

Oceans & Climate

What an adventure we’ve had through this voyage over the Atlantic! We have laughed, sung, and worked a lot. Who would’ve known that traveling as a sailor and a scientist was going to be hard, but not impossible. It has been officially three weeks sailing since we boarded the ship at Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. It has been really gratifying to start understanding the wonder our world can offer, specially the uncertainties that still exist within the Pandora’s Box we are sailing over.

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December 04, 2016

We Live Half in the Daytime and Half at Night

Sudeshana Karki, A Watch, Nepal (Colby-Sawyer College, 2015)

Ocean Exploration

Namaste from the Brigantine! I am here to tell you a little more about how we live at the sea.

B watch woke up at 6000 hours for their watch today. Do you think that’s early? Well, A watch woke up at 1230 hours. But wait! C watch woke up at 1800 hrs yesterday. We run on a 6 hours on and 12 hours off schedule, constantly resetting our sleep times and squeezing in little naps. “Waking up early” and “late bedtimes” are just concepts to us that we left behind on land.

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December 03, 2016

Heading for Christmas?!

Anna von Brandis, A Watch, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Oceans & Climate

3rd of December… Wait! December?? It is warm outside, even during the Dawn Watch you don’t need more than long sleeves. Whenever the sun is out, everyone is hiding in the shade, and hallucinating about ice cream. Let’s get back to the typical December scenario that I am used to: Baking lots of gingerbread cookies (Omas Honigkuchen und Vanillekipferl), lighting a candle for each Advent, smelling tan-branches and sitting in front of the fire.

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December 03, 2016

Mountains and Waves

Chris Sullivan, Steward

Ocean Exploration

Today was our third Field Day onboard – our weekly deep clean of the ship, and we have emerged victorious having defeated another invasion of mung. As the steward onboard, I have the rare opportunity to take the deck during Field Day – as the students are busy scrubbing, “O watch” (consisting of the Captain and the Steward) steer the vessel and attend to regular deck duties. I cherish this time at the helm and in the company of Captain Pamela each week.

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December 02, 2016

One

Megan Frey, A Watch, Sailing Intern

Ocean Exploration

Venus and a sliver of the moon are shining bright tonight.  We are at the midpoint of our passage, where we have all found a rhythm on the Brigantine, where we are becoming more and more a part of the vessel and each other’s lives, whether we know it or not.  We are traveling south now which means that we are in the second part of our passage.

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