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SEA Currents: Oct 2017


October 26, 2017

Can’t Spell Competition Without C (watch)

Nikki Blair, C Watch, Colorado College

SPICE

Back in Woods Hole our captain, Jay,  had told us that we will make a ton of mistakes which is encouraged, but the key is to not make the same one twice. Today was our 30th day on the ship and I’m still managing to make a million mistakes a day. Each watch holds a new challenge and with it a plethora of ways to screw it up. However today for C watch was a rather successful day. We all rolled out of bed just before noon after a very strange evening watch.


October 26, 2017

A Bucket Full of Hope

Grayson Huston, 3rd Assistant Scientist

Ocean Exploration

In times of frustration, hardship, sorrow, or in this instance, very inclement weather, we often look to someone or something that acts as a beacon of hope. In the last 24 hours, for myself, my mate on watch, and several others aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, this shining light in the darkness has come in the form of a tiny, white bucket – one that is frequently overlooked and often, quite literally thought of as trash.


October 25, 2017

Thirty Days On

Sarah Towne, B Watch Cornell University

SPICE

Today marks one month since my shipmates and I boarded the ship in American Samoa. In many ways the time aboard has flown, yet Pago Pago seems like ages ago. The boat has definitely become my home in these short 30 days. It’s tough to imagine taking a shower everyday, sleeping in a perfectly still bed, or being awakened by an alarm. Ship life is my new normal, and I kind of dig it.


October 25, 2017

Dawn Watch in a Squall

Mercer Lynch, C Watch, Gilman School

Ocean Exploration

As C-275 falls into the rhythm of life onboard Cramer I think a realization has come to all of us, that hours on watch seem to crawl by while days at sea are faster than the blink of an eye. Thinking of my upcoming evening watch is almost stunning as I swear I was just sleeping through breakfast after going to sleep at 0130 yesterday. Our schedule is hectic for sure but I can definitely feel myself slipping in and becoming part of the organized chaos.


October 24, 2017

Learning the Lines

Join Ben Harden, Chief Scientist, and Jay Amster, Captain, as they stroll the deck listening to students learning their lines. This is a critical step towards being able to set and strike sails, even in the dark. We end with a tradition onboard: the line chase!


October 24, 2017

Week 3: Caribbean Reef Expedition

SEA Semester

Liz Thompson of Rowan University describes what happened during week 3 in Woods Hole as she and her shipmates get ready to sail on the Caribbean Reef Expedition Program.


October 24, 2017

Eventful Days

Lydia Mathewson, 3rd Mate, C-Watch

Ocean Exploration

A conversation I’ve had with several people already on this trip centers on how hard it is to believe that so little time has passed. It’s only been five days that we’ve been underway, but the routines of the watches are starting to repeat and it feels like we’ve all been doing this together for weeks. It’s exciting to think that once a few weeks have actually passed, we’ll all only be more in tune with each other and the rhythms of the boat.

Another great feature of this early part of the trip, I think, is that the students are still doing a lot of new things.


October 24, 2017

Living the Sweet Life on Deck

Noah Robiner, A Watch, Carleton College

SPICE

There’s a handful of thoughts the novice sailor finds themselves pondering every day. How much sleep could I get if I fell asleep right now? God, it’s hot/wet/smelly. What’s for snack? I can’t believe I’m doing this right now. It’s that last one that I found myself thinking a lot today.

Today was our weekly field day, which for A Watch meant the beloved galley cleansing.


October 23, 2017

Goodbye Fiji, Hello New Zealand

Hannah Chiu, B Watch, Pitzer College

SPICE

Today we departed Suva, Fiji to start our final two weeks on the ship! It is crazy how quickly time passes here on the ship!

Yesterday morning, we visited the community of Korova which is home to traditional sailing canoes called Drua. I’m doing a project on traditional navigation techniques and architecture of these canoes and to my excitement, they kindly welcomed us on their small, single sailed wooden Drua.


October 23, 2017

Getting Acquainted with Life at Sea

Zoe Camillaci, A Watch, Cornell University

Ocean Exploration

On Thursday morning, the students of C-275 were thrust into a life we knew nothing about, with people we had never met; after a day of unpacking boxes, drying produce, and loading the ship, we headed out into another unknown world, the Atlantic Ocean.

One week ago, I could not imagine what life onboard the Corwith Cramer would look like.


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