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February 19, 2020

We All Live in a White Brigantine

Fiona Thomas, C Watch, University of New England


Finally enjoying some downtime to sit down and write this blog to friends and family of all of us aboard Cramer! It feels like it’s been ages, but seconds at the same time since we all moved onto this big white brigantine (sung to the tune of “Yellow Submarine”), and although there has been quite the adjustment period and learning curve to get used to, I’m so grateful of every second I’ve gotten to spend on this ship learning and doing what makes me happiest with some amazing people.

February 18, 2020

The International Date Line is Confusing

Lilli Dwyer, University of Rhode Island


The last two weeks have been filled with a whirlwind of emotion. From leaving our cottages in the quiet town of Woods Hole, with the weird feeling of separation from some of my now closest friends, to getting on a Hawaiian Airlines direct flight from Boston to Honolulu, spending 21 hours in Hawaii, and then magically ending up the next day in Auckland, New Zealand.

February 18, 2020

A giant, goofy family

Courtney Boucher, A-watch, Sewanee, The University of the South


Although my name is Courtney, I now respond to “Beans” and “Beenzie” too. There’s a long story as to why, but it is one of the many examples of how the Cramer has made everyone act as a giant, goofy family. While other blogs have talked about the ins and outs of watch, meals, and bunks, I want to talk about the entertainment, in both its goofy and familial forms.

February 17, 2020

Ship, Shipmates, Self.

Savier Morales, B Watch, College of The Atlantic


The other day when I came up after a day nap I nodded first to whoever was on helm, (one of my friends) looked at the state of the ocean, how big were the waves, what directions, what color blue did they reveal, then looked towards the sky where the sun was and if a squall was sneaking up on us, and finally I looked for any islands in the distance, there was nothing.

February 16, 2020

Mentally: ready for action, Physically: less so

Will Robinson, University of Connecticut, Avery Point


Every day on the Cramer is absolutely jam packed with jobs and activities. It is kinda the opposite of being in Woods Hole in that my brain is awake and super eager to take in information but my body says “hey maybe some sleep would be good sometime soon.”

February 16, 2020

Ocean Sciences Meeting & Swizzle

SEA Semester

SEA will be at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, from Feb. 16th to 21st.
Visit our booth #119, and join us for a Swizzle at Joe’s Crab Shack on Feb. 20th from 6 to 8:30 pm.

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February 16, 2020

Boat Checks and Māori History

Leif Saveraid, Luther College


Overnight we started our first watches. A watch had evening watch, followed by hour-long dock watches divided up amongst us. These watches were used to continue our training on boat checks. Boat checks are extremely important because they allow us to catch any problems that should arise before they are a threat. Boats checks involve going throughout the Robert C. Seamans, ensuring that everything is in order.

February 15, 2020

It has been 36 hours since I last fed the fish

Anna Capitano, B watch, College of the Atlantic


It has been 36 hours since I last fed the fishes! Yay!! I would like to thank MJ, our amazing medical officer, new seasickness meds, and the calmer Caribbean seas. (If the northeast trades were on Yelp I would personally give them a bad review to anyone prone to motion sickness).

February 15, 2020

The Robert C. Seamans Takes on Port Stop #1: Auckland

Kendall Hanks, University of Virginia


We’ve spent a couple nights on the ship and it still feels surreal to be on the other side of the world with the same people who were in Woods Hole with me. The ship may not look very big, but the amount of information that we have been learning about operations, sailing, and safety would make you think otherwise.

February 14, 2020

Boarding the Seamans

Kaitlin Kornachuk, Stonehill College


Getting to Auckland from Boston is not an easy task. My route was an 11-hour flight from Boston to Honolulu and then 9 hours from Honolulu to Auckland. Auckland, unlike Boston, is in the middle of summer so escaping a New England winter is much welcomed.

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