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December 22, 2019

The Last Watch of C-289

Matthew McKenzie, Visiting Professor of Ocean Science and Public Policy


There are no happy returns without departures, and three months ago, you—the loved ones of C-289—said goodbye to your people in Woods Hole. Three months later, they will soon return to you.

December 20, 2019

Steward Finally, T.H.T.F, and SURPRISE!

Muriel Bingham, Stony Brook University


Welcome to another episode of Muriel’s Blog Post! Many things have happened as y’all have been reading these posts, so here are some more! Back on December 18, I finally had the wonderful experience of being the assistant steward in galley all day.

December 20, 2019

Woods Hole Undergraduate Internship Program Aimed at Diversity in Science Seeks Applicants

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The Woods Hole Partnership Education Program is seeking applicants for its 10-week summer program in 2020. The program is supported by six science institutions in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and recruits talent from all backgrounds but especially from minority groups that are underrepresented in marine and environmental sciences.

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December 19, 2019

‘Twas the Night Before Boatsmas

Izzy Slaymaker, Tufts University


‘Twas the night before Boatsmas and all through the sea,
the Cramer was sailing, ‘cause we had places to be!

December 18, 2019

Mount Holyoke Student Mia Sigler, S-283, Recounts Project in SEA HISTORY

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SEA Semester in the NEWS
“When We See Whales” - Transcribing Captain Lawrence’s Logbook
By Mia Sigler, S-283
Sea History Magazine, Winter 2019-20

Mia Sigler, a senior at Mount Holyoke and alumna of SEA Semester class S-283, the Global Ocean, has written a detailed account of the research she and her classmates did on the logbook of Falmouth whaleman Capt. Lewis Lawrence.  Mia helped transcribe the logbook, studied an original chart from Lawrence’s 1849 voyage, and she and her class followed portions of Capt. Lawrence’s path in the South Pacific in the fall of 2018.

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December 18, 2019

Caribbean Reefs and Ocean Optimism

Heather Page, Chief Scientist


As we leave Falmouth Harbor, Antigua behind, it is hard to believe we are sailing the last leg of our journey. It feels like yesterday we were splashing around the waters of St. Croix before embarking on the SSV Corwith Cramer.

December 17, 2019

And Now It’s Time to Play… “Who Wants to Be a Mega-Yacht Deckhand?”!

Rikki Borkowski, Colgate University


Hello family, friends, and prospective students stalking the blogs! I am Rikki Borkowski, a student of the class of C-289! I have written once before during the beginning of our sea component and here I am again as we begin to finish up our semester.

December 16, 2019

Welcome to Antigua!

Liz Harris, Missouri State University


Ahoy readers! It’s Liz from Missouri State again (Go Bears!). Today, December 16, started in Montserrat with A Watch on the deck from 0700 to 1300. The crew woke to the smell of bagels and lox that Izzy and Jamie made for us. Watch was exciting to say the least, with a squall that brought out our full foul weather gear, even the pants!

December 15, 2019

The Island of Ash

Brett Bohnert, Grinnell College


Ahoy! My name is Brett and I am a senior at Grinnell College. Today we finally set foot on Montserrat, which was a long-awaited moment considering we’ve been staring at it for three days! After shuttling everyone over in a very bumpy, splashy ride in our small boats, we began a bus tour of the island.

December 15, 2019

Murky Waters, Goat Cheese Salad, and Small Boat Tinkering

Francesca Whitecross, Middlebury College ’23.5


Hello and welcome to my second blog post! Today was quite busy. It started off with a 0300-0430 anchor watch with Dan. While we were both pretty exhausted and a bit grumpy, we enjoyed looking at the stars and chatted as the wind howled next to us. Then we had breakfast, featuring one of my favorite cereals (honey smacks), plenty of yogurt, and freshly cut mango.

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