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February 08, 2015

Winter Weather Alert

We are monitoring the weather forecast for Sunday, February 8 through Tuesday, February 10. Based on current information, SEA will be open Monday, February 9 and will hold orientation for SEA Semester class S-258 Oceans & Climate as planned.

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February 08, 2015

The Global Ocean, S-257

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

The students of S-257, The Global Ocean, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans on February 9th in Auckland, New Zealand. They will end their voyage around March 19th in Christchurch, New Zealand.

February 07, 2015

Williams-Mystic 2015 Underway

Richard King, Professor, Williams-Mystic


Hello from aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer! We have now been underway and sailing for over two nights. We are currently just north of Puerto Rico and “hove to,” holding stationary with the use of our sails, in about 700 meters of water to deploy a Shipek grab. This instrument is a specifically designed spring-loaded scoop to get a sample of the ocean bottom.

My name is Richard King, and I teach the “Literature of the Sea” course with Williams-Mystic. We arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday and quickly dropped off our bags at the hotel and went back out to explore Old San Juan.

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January 26, 2015

Winter Storm Alert

Updated on Wednesday, January 28th at 12pm:
Given the conditions of Falmouth roads, the administrative offices are very lightly staffed today. The office will be back to a full operational mode tomorrow, Thursday, at 9am.

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January 05, 2015

This voyage is over, but we’ll always be shipmates

Erik Zettler, Chief Scientist, Professor of Oceanography, Associate Dean Institutional Relations

C-256a Colleague Cruise

We sailed into San Juan harbor last night just around sunset past the impressive fortifications of El Morro, the 400 year old fort sometimes referred to as the Gibraltar of the Caribbean, and dropped anchor for our final evening aboard. With the boat at anchor we shared an all-hands supper, a “swizzle” gathering to celebrate our safe passage, and there was time for quiet discussion or relaxation on a stable deck! Many participants were up on deck early this morning sitting quietly with cups of tea and coffee.

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January 04, 2015

A navigation adventure

Dr. John Huth, Prof. Physics, Harvard University

C-256a Colleague Cruise

Read a blog post by Dr. John Huth, Prof. Physics, Harvard University, summarizing his experience and navigation efforts underway.

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January 03, 2015


Kim Stapleton Smith | Siobhan Fennesy, Program Coordinator, CGE at Kenyon College | Prof. of Biology and Environmental Studies, Kenyon College

C-256a Colleague Cruise

Saturday—2nd day on the SSV Corwith Cramer, preparing to get underway

OK—Our first day dockside on the Cramer allowed us to meet our “cruising colleagues”, the crew, become familiar with the layout of the ship and (we hoped) develop our sea legs, and get a taste of Steward Nina’s and Assistant Steward Jenny’s fabulous cooking.

Now, on our second morning, divided into our Watch Teams, we were about to perform the safety drills that we learned about on Day 1. Only then could we get underway and start our voyage to Puerto Rico.

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January 02, 2015

C256A – Colleague Cruise - Joining the ship!

Daniel Diaz, Assistant Director of Study Abroad, Guilford College

C256a Colleague Cruise

Colleague Cruise Day of Arrival – we had come from all over, Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, and more to start the year of 2015 off with a Colleague Cruise.  Some of us had experience with sailing, some had not. Yet as we walked up to the Corwith Cramer, everyone was excited by the beauty of the ship, and more so, the adventure she had waiting for us!

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December 29, 2014

Global Ocean program profiled in Ocean Health Index official blog

SEA Semester

Dr. Mary Malloy, Director of our new Global Ocean programs, is a guest writer for the Ocean Health Index blog this month.  With SEA Semester’s first two Global Ocean programs now completed, Mary describes how curriculum was tailored to incorporate themes of this valuable new tool, and observations of how students utilized various metrics in their studies both on-shore and at sea.

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December 23, 2014

A Note From the Aft Cabin

Sean S. Bercaw, Captain

The Wx (weather) is beautiful, but the ship is quiet with the students departed, as C-256 has officially ended. It was an epic voyage and truly impressive in the annals of SEA – many, many miles sailed with few engine hours.  But what was even more impressive was the community that developed aboard. Bringing both Maritime Studies and Scientific voyagers aboard to augment the students worked out delightfully well, adding a depth to their SEA experience.

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