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SEA Currents: Apr 2018

April 20, 2018

Setting Sail!

Carly Carter, A Watch, Longwood University, Cormier Honors College

Caribbean Study Abroad

TGIF! Well, not so much on the Cramer, especially with our work just beginning! We spent the morning doing our last bit of orientation and getting the ship ready before shipping out to begin our voyage. We have had so much information thrown at us the past few days that I don’t know what stuck and what didn’t, so being underway will sure test our knowledge. We have a lot of new skills to learn, and a lot of old skills to re-learn.

April 19, 2018

To the Sargasso Sea we go!

Kerry Whittaker, Chief Scientist


Our first full day aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer with all 31 souls aboard! We spent a busy day getting oriented to the ship with safety drills and an introduction to life and operations on board. Tomorrow, SEA class C-279 will finally head to sea. We will depart the Bahamas on our way to Bermuda, and ultimately into New York City.

April 19, 2018

Robert C Seamans, population 34

Brooke Butterfield, B Watch, University of South Carolina

Oceans & Climate

Weeks before we left the shore component to begin our journey through the South Pacific, our Captain and Professor Jay Amster instilled a motto upon us: “Ship, Shipmates, Self.”  This saying was, and still is, supposed to guide us in a way of life different from the usual.  The goal behind this is to put the ship first, then your shipmates, and yourself last.  At first, I think every single student that boarded the Seamans questioned why we would put anything other than ourselves first.

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April 18, 2018

First Day Onboard

Jason Quilter, Captain


Greetings from the SSV Corwith Cramer docked at Prince George’s Wharf in Nassau, Bahamas. Today class number C-279 joined the ship for the sea component of the Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Program (MBC). All of the students are doing well and getting adjusted to life onboard.

April 18, 2018

Star Frenzy at Sea

Rachel Tan, B Watch, Yale-NUS College


The past three nights or so we have been blessed with clear skies and the new moon, which, coupled with our remote location in the South Pacific, means that we have had unrestricted access to the night sky above. With such a clear view of the stars overhead, we have begun taking celestial sights - i.e. using sextants to measure the angle of celestial bodies in the sky relative to the horizon - in order to plot our geographical position on a map

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April 18, 2018

Trinity College Student Reflects on SEA Semester

SEA Semester

SEA Semester in the News
“Semester at SEA Offers Chance for Trinity Student to Embrace New Interest”
by Lexie Axon, Trinity College News

Jessica Duong ’19 Researches Human Impact on the Environment Aboard Ship off New Zealand’s Coast

​Hartford, Connecticut, April 16, 2018—During a memorable study away experience, Trinity College student Jessica Duong ’19 spent much of her spring semester sailing the waters of New Zealand’s North and South Islands while completing oceanographic research. Throughout the three-month program, Duong analyzed water samples and ocean life in order to understand the influence humans have on the environment. Duong—from Lake Bluff, Illinois—was one of only 23 undergraduate students from across the country to participate in this semester’s Sea Education Association (SEA) program called “The Global Ocean.”

Read the full article.

April 17, 2018

Meet Sailors for the Sea’s New Onboard Reporter!

SEA Semester

Sailors for the Sea’s Onboard Reporter Program, a special partnership between Sailors for the Sea and Sea Education Association, continues this spring with a new Onboard Reporter, Alex Merkle-Raymond. Alex is a student at Northeastern University and is currently aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer with the Marine Biodiversity and Conservation program (C-279).

April 17, 2018

Bow Watch Tunes

Noa Randall, A Watch, Smith College


Having a lookout on the bow is one responsibility of the watch on deck. While on watch, we need to be aware of any potential ships or submerged objects that might be obstacles in our path, so we have to keep a vigilant lookout at all times.

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April 16, 2018

C-279 Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Caribbean Study Abroad

The students of C-279, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Nassau, Bahamas on April 18th.  They depart the ship in New York City on May 24th after a port stop in Bermuda.

April 14, 2018

Pump Up the Jam

Brittany Hernandez, A Watch, Bowdoin College


Today was Field Day, a day where we clean the whole ship in two hours, which sounds like daunting task. But, it’s my favorite day of the week. In those two hours we get to listen to music from our phones, which results in singing and dancing all around! Other days the only way to listen to music is to make it - people sing and play guitars, ukuleles and banjos.

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