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SEA Currents: Oct 2017

October 22, 2017

Cooking Success in Cramer’s New Galley!

Kim Reed, Steward

Ocean Exploration

In addition to learning sailing and science here on the Corwith Cramer, we’re also making discoveries in the culinary arts! Since departing Woods Hole, I have been lucky enough to share the galley with Anna, Darcy, Emma, and Sonia, with meal highlights including salmon teriyaki, Thai veggie salad, and Cramer’s first bread underway (focaccia)! Cooking on board is like solving a big puzzle; what will taste good, how can we make the meal the most nourishing, and (most importantly) where are all the ingredients?!

October 21, 2017

Heading to the Gulf Stream

Chuck Lea, Chief Scientist

Ocean Exploration

The staff has been working hard for days to get ready for the students of class C-275, It is the nature of the program that the information is poured-on at the start, but now we are turning talk into action and sailing away. Last night we made a swift passage across the continental shelf and so we were able to take our first deep-water hydrocast station this morning in the temperate slope water. We will set the meter net and look to begin the pteropod project.

October 20, 2017


Mike Rigney, Assistant Engineer


As the assistant engineer aboard the good ship Robert C. Seamans, you may not be surprised that I often frame the world around me in numbers. I tend to like things that are quantifiable and measurable. The ship around me is full of these numbers, and it’s our job in the engine department to track them, record them, make sense of them. We use these numbers to know when it’s time to perform critical maintenance - the starboard generator has run 168.9 hours since its last oil change, and will be due for another in 31.1.

October 19, 2017

The First Day!

Jason Quilter, Captain

Ocean Exploration

Greetings from the SSV Corwith Cramer,

Today begins the sea component of class C-275 in SEA Semester’s Ocean Exploration Program. All of our students boarded the Corwith Cramer today at 0800 hours and joined the ship’s company as student crew.

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October 18, 2017

Steward Playing Scientist

Sabrina Hutchinson, Steward


Another day, another meal. Like most people’s lives on the boat, my daily routine revolves around food, but to a higher degree than others, because I’m the Steward. My day tends to begin around 0430 when I rise to make breakfast, followed by the baking of midnight snack and the preparation of morning snack to be served by 1000. I catch a break before starting lunch prep at 1030 and putting out afternoon snack after class at 1600. All of this before starting dinner prep at 1630, with my day ending around 1900.

October 17, 2017

Flashback: The Sounds of an Umu

In latest episode of our SEA Stories podcast, join the students of S-275 as they participate in an Umu, a traditional Samoan feast prepared in an earth oven. Visit a tropical garden and learn about the importance of tattoo in Samoan culture.

October 17, 2017

C-275: Ocean Exploration

Ocean Exploration

The students of C-275, Ocean Exploration, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Woods Hole, MA this week and begin their blue-water voyage to Grenada, arriving around November 20th.

October 17, 2017

Phase 2: Time to Pick Up the Pace

Alison Derevensky, A Watch, Macaulay Honors at CUNY Brooklyn College


We are now underway and a little less than two days away from docking in Fiji. This means that all of us students are working hard to really understand all of our responsibilities and know our skills for being on deck and in the lab. I am still struggling with boxing the compass, or knowing all of the different names for the 32 points of direction on a compass, but practicing during watch helps. We have our lab practical tomorrow as well, to see if we understand all of the procedures and protocols for lab deployments/safety.

October 16, 2017

Week 2: Caribbean Reef Expedition

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Nic Grant from Rowan University describes Week 2 of SEA Semester on shore in Woods Hole, as he and his shipmates prepare for their Caribbean voyage later this fall.

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October 16, 2017

‘I Ain’t No Hollaback Girl’ and Other Sincerities

Faith McKenna, B Watch, University of Denver


Hello from back at sea! After two full days of sailing, following our departure from Tonga, I think we are all finally starting to regain our sea legs! We have had beautiful and breezy weather as we head towards the outskirts of the Fijian Islands, and will soon (aka Thursday) make our way to Suva!!

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