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SEA Currents: Feb 2018

February 28, 2018

Hello hello from a place where it’s summer!

Ginny Renjilian, C Watch, Middlebury College


We’re heading south so it’s getting cooler, but still a far cry from the chilly billy Woods Hole! Today was still warm enough for shorts! Speaking of short - sailors like to make words shorter by dropping lots of the letters, which really tickles me. For instance, I live in the fo’c's’le, and if you know of a word with a better letter to apostrophe ratio please let me know.

February 28, 2018

Study Abroad Changed Me

Meredith Sackett, A Watch, Sewanee: The University of the South


Ahoy there!

Let me start off by saying that it is true; studying abroad really does enable you to get out of your comfort zone and practice those foreign language skills that you have been so diligently grooming since elementary school. Today, I can finally say with pride that all my years of studying, I have finally achieved communication status with the whales.

February 27, 2018

The Green Flash!!

Claire Mepyans, A Watch, Colby College


Hey Everyone!

My day began during Midwatch 2300-0300 (11:00 pm on the 26th- 3:00 am on the 27th) where I spent a majority of this four-hour watch posted as the lookout at the bow of the ship. As lookout, my role was to scan the surrounding ocean and horizon for anything alarming that could affect the ship’s current heading. For example, this includes any boats nearby or incoming weather patterns.

February 27, 2018

Of Science and Wind

Qyn Byrne, A Watch, Bowdoin College


The weather today reminds me of St. Louis, my hometown.  The humidity might be closer to that of Brunswick, ME where I live most of the year, but the constantly changing winds, waves and sprays of seawater like rain remind me of growing up in an area where the weatherman is always wrong.

February 26, 2018

Home Is Where The Boat Is!

MJ Fernandez, Teaching Assistant



I am MJ Fernandez the Teaching Assistant for C-277. This weekend has been extremely exciting because I had the amazing opportunity to show the students and crew around one of my favorite parts of my home Island. I was born and raised in Dominican Republic and I am constantly talking about DR and how much I love it…as all the students probably discovered during our shore component.

February 26, 2018

Dominican Republic Foodways

Ger Tysk, Steward

Caribbean Study Abroad

One of the most exciting things about coming into a new port is stepping out into a new culture and sampling new food traditions. Aboard Cramer, we have so far stuck to foods that are fairly familiar to our students. American staples like spaghetti, chocolate chip cookies, and chicken breast are easy transition foods for stomachs unused to rough weather and high seas.

February 26, 2018


Emma Palmer, C Watch, Barnard College


There’s a window above the computer I’m writing at and every four seconds white water splashes over the top of the metal bars. Our ship is moving quickly today and the swells are bigger than my virgin sea legs are comfortable with. The ‘feel-better box” of saltines and ginger chews that lives on the hutch has been emptied entirely today by shipmates who (like me) are feeling a little swirly.

February 24, 2018

All in a day’s work… and then some.

Céili Chilcott, C-Watch, 3rd Mate

Caribbean Study Abroad

Our first full day in Samana greeted us with early morning thunderstorms, reprieved by a tangerine sunrise glow against the passing clouds and developing into a double rainbow under mostly blue skies. An early morning provisioning run to the local market by Steward Ger and a few students yielded some much appreciated fresh fruits and a chance to experience what buying local in the Dominican Republic means.

February 23, 2018

Land HO! Sailing into Samana

Karen Lynch, B Watch, Knox College

Caribbean Study Abroad

Hello to one and all of you wonderful souls keeping up with the Cramer! Throughout this past week of sailing, I have experienced a seemingly endless array of blue skies, cumulous and stratus clouds, and constellations - of course with very slight interruption of squalls blowing through from time to time.

February 22, 2018

The Humpbacks of Notre Crame

Lauren McLaughlin, C Watch, Bowdoin College


Today was an exciting day on the Corwith Cramer as we arrived at Navidad Bank, a breeding ground for whales off the coast of the Dominican Republic. Yesterday, one of my fellow classmates, Teahelahn, and I decided on a whim that we would cut our hair short if we saw a whale.  We were basically asking for it, but considering fresh water showers are only every 3 days, it couldn’t hurt.

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