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SEA Currents: Feb 2020


February 20, 2020

Time for Port Stops! Woo!

Kaitlyn Sweeny, A Watch, University of Rhode Island

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Hi everyone! I am happy to report that we are officially at anchor in Grenada! This past week has been incredible, filled with so many learning opportunities and challenges. The other blog entries certainly do life on the ship justice, we have all been able to come together to help each other with this transition, but it has also been an individual process.


February 20, 2020

Mermaids and Bed Time Stories

Julian Murray-Brown, UNC, Wilmington

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When I was younger my dad, an alumnus of SEA, would tell my siblings and I one of our favorite bedtime stories. A story about the time when he was at watch on the quarter deck of SEA’s Westward somewhere in the Caribbean when something magical happened. In the dead of night, he and the other crew saw two lights approaching the side of the Westward. The lights moved with immense speed and were making a beeline for the vessel. My dad describes the


February 20, 2020

Marine Life in These First Few Days

Marija Miklavčič, University of Rochester

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Today, as I write this, it’s our third day underway aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans and things are going very well. Sometime during the night, we were even able to turn off our engines and now we are moving only by the power of the wind. Despite only having been on the move for a few short (but wonderfully long-feeling) days, we have already seen creatures I only ever hoped to see on this trip. Among these animals are sharks, penguins, and dolphins.


February 19, 2020

We All Live in a White Brigantine

Fiona Thomas, C Watch, University of New England

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Boat Checks and Māori History

Leif Saveraid, Luther College

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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

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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).


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