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December 09, 2019

Update on Volcanic Eruption in New Zealand

Virginia Land McGuire, Associate Dean for Financial Aid and Student Services

With the recent volcanic eruption in New Zealand, we wish to report that all is well aboard the Robert C. Seamans.  The students and crew of class S-289 remain safe aboard the vessel which, though operating near the Bay or Plenty, is well clear of the eruption at White Island.

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December 07, 2019

The Day of a Sailor at SEA

Tennessee Technical University, Thomas Glanville

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My day started with an evening watch from 1900 yesterday to 0100 today. After that, I spent some time hanging out on deck and was asleep by 0130ish. While on the ship, sleep has come pretty easy. My bunk is in the main salon, in the upper corner by the engine room. It can get hot, but not too bad


December 07, 2019

All Around the World

Mujahed Aghbar, B Watch, Methodist University

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Hi everyone! This is Mujahed, B watch, from Methodist University. Going back to land was very interesting; it felt overwhelming seeing people everywhere and going back to civilization in a way. I have noticed living my present moment became harder as I connected to the internet.


December 06, 2019

JWO (Not-So-)Scaries

Nicole Pollack, Middlebury College

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Things I learned on my first day as JWO (junior watch officer): it’s not as scary as it seems, your watch has your back, and when in doubt, the JWO survival guide holds the answer. It turns out calling the shots is a lot of fun, especially when everybody else’s goal is to help the JWO succeed.


December 06, 2019

Fisherman Science!

Muriel Bingham, Stony Brook University

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Captain’s Log: Day 642………..Just kidding it’s student blog time! Hi friends and family! We are still underway on route to Montserrat. This leg will be about the same duration as the first from St. Croix to Grenada because of a couple exclusive economic zones (EEZs) that complicate our scientific observations.


December 05, 2019

Science, Sea Legs, and Singalongs (Oh My!)

Izzy Slaymaker, Tufts University

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Ahoy readers! Welcome back to another exciting installment of the C-289 blog! Yesterday was our first full day underway after our Grenada port stop. With all the Mama Mia we’ve been singing, the phrase that comes to mind is “here we go again.”


December 05, 2019

Return to the Sea

Jessie Sheldon, Colorado College

Spend a Semester at Sea

Ahoy! Jessie from C-watch here, writing from our on-board library which is back to its usual rocking and rolling since our departure from Napier this afternoon. The day began with a deck sweep for C-watch. One aspect of sea life I hadn’t thought about before this semester is that the accumulation of dirt is rather dependent on our greatest dirt source: land! Following the sweep, we had the morning off to head into Napier for last minute errands.


December 04, 2019

Back at Sea

Ella Cedarholm, Assistant Scientist

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Hello outside world! It’s Third Scientist Ella Cedarholm, class of S-278 alum and A Watch officer, here to offer a glimpse of life aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer on December 4, 2019. Our Wednesday began largely the same as any other - with breakfast and chores.


December 04, 2019

To Land and Back

George Edison, Vassar College

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Today was a day of celebration, as not one, but two shipmates had birthdays today, Jessie, and Jeff! We just rounded out the day, which was sunny and warm, with carrot cupcakes and a couple of rounds of Happy Birthday singing, including a Danish rendition by our resident Dane, Amelia.


December 03, 2019

Grapes in Peril

Natalie Greenbaum, UMass Amherst

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Hello bloggies!

Natalie here from C Watch. Today was a wonderful day. We had some free time this morning to explore the art deco-d streets of Napier and do some laundry (yay!). Later in the afternoon, we went a winery and learned all about the effects of climate change on the winery industry.


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