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SEA Currents: Feb 2019

February 16, 2019

Snorkeling, singing, and smiling

Lucas Stevens, Berklee College of Music


Aside from those of us who had anchor watch this morning, our day began at 0630. After breakfast, chores, and some packing, we launched our two inflatable boats and shuttled everyone to the nearby beach. From there, we walked across the island to Waterlemon Bay where we spotted a reef shark in the shallow water and surveyed a lively reef.

February 15, 2019


Ruby Dener, A Watch, Cornell University


A 21st birthday celebration on land is deceivingly similar to that underway. Full of well wishes, tasty cakes, reflection, and likely some vomiting. I began my morning with a watch shift, where we made sure the boat was safe and secure and that all was well as the sun rose.

February 15, 2019

Waves and Hills

Emma Saas, C Watch, Whitman College


We left St. Croix yesterday and bounced over some waves to St. John, arriving at about 10:00 this morning! Today C watch was on from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm, during which we gybed 4 times, struck and furled all the sails, took water samples (for SCIENCE!), and anchored in St. John.

February 14, 2019

We are Underway!

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies


We are Underway! Saying “goodbye” to Historic Christiansted and ready to say “hello” to the National Park of St. John!

February 14, 2019

The Ocean is Calling

Ana Schlanzky, A Watch, Cornell University


Only one day remains until we get underway! The excitement about setting off and going out to sea is becoming more tangible, as that time and date draws ever nearer.

February 13, 2019

Snorkel Survey Surprise !!

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist


Good Morning faithful followers of Cruise C284 Blog!  Welcome to the story of our academic and scientific explorations of the Caribbean.  Today we stepped off the deck of the Corwith Cramer and visited Cane Bay, St Croix, a popular beach and dive destination on the north shore.  Our mission, to practice and refine our snorkel survey techniques, document coral reef health and reef fish and invertebrate diversity, and finally to have a bit of fun at the same time

February 13, 2019

Hot, humid, yet absolutely delightful

Farhan Rozaidi, A Watch, Trinity College


After a wonderful night’s rest in our 6’ x 3’ x 3’ coffins (bunks), we woke up for an all-hands breakfast. Some more ship orientation occurred, and we cleaned the ship, with each watch group having a separate task. Amidst all the deluge of information, I keep asking our chief mate, Rebecca, about climbing aloft to the top of the mast. Unfortunately, that day will come much later.

February 12, 2019

Welcome Aboard !!

Bill Burke, Captain


I am happy to report the successful start to cruise C-284 – Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean (CCC).  Just moments ago students arrived from various cold destinations around the globe and have convened here in St Croix, USVIs to begin their adventure onboard the SSV Corwith Cramer.  Sea bags were quickly stowed and all hands turned to on the quarterdeck for introductions and messages of welcome to their new home.

February 11, 2019

Haere mai ki Aotearoa (Welcome to New Zealand)

Jeff Wescott, , Professor, Sea Education Association

Spend a Semester at Sea

The students, faculty, and crew of S-284, The Global Ocean, have arrived aboard SSV Robert C. Seamans, docked in Auckland, New Zealand.

February 11, 2019

SEA Semester voyage with NASA scientist featured in New York Times

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SEA Semester in the NEWS
A Young Island on Earth May Reveal Clues to How Water Shaped Mars
By Niraj Chokshi
The New York Times

Four years ago, an underwater volcano erupted in the South Pacific, creating a new island. And NASA took notice.

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