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October 16, 2014

From the Galley and Engine Room

Becky Slattery & Tom Klodenski, Steward & Engineer

The Global Ocean

Bex, the Steward here. Food. I am making it and the crew is eating it at alarming rates. I have had the honor and privilege of having student assistants in the Galley with me during this transit helping me slice, boil and bake. On one of the first days with an assistant, Maggie told me that she was happy that I had someone in the Galley with me.  When hearing this I assumed that she was glad that I had help, I was wrong. She told me it was because she could hear me singing the same Taylor Swift song to myself over and over again at 0400 and felt bad about how lonely I must be


October 16, 2014

Arrival of Fall

Val Mitchell, B-Watch, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Fall has finally arrived on the Robert C. Seamans, in the sense that people have started wearing light jackets, pants, and even winter hats! Although the thermometer still read about 27°C on my dawn watch this morning, the wind chill was cool enough that a mug of hot chocolate was desirable. Fall is my favorite season, and although it is technically spring here in the southern hemisphere, it is nice to have a reminder of home. As we make our way to Fiji, the cool crisp air is a nice change from the normal heat and constant dripping of sweat. Below decks are cooling off a bit and bunks are becoming more bearable to sleep in.


October 15, 2014

Rock of Gibraltar

Renee Halloran, B Watch, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

The Global Ocean

This blog entry comes to you from the Eastern Atlantic! The SSV Corwith Cramer made the highly anticipated passage through the Strait of Gibraltar today. Though it was hard to say goodbye to the Western Mediterranean we are very excited to become well acquainted with new waters.

B watch was awakened at 0600 for first breakfast. One by one we made our way to the deck to check out the weather before getting dressed for the day.


October 15, 2014

Traditions in Futuna

Lauren Vogel, B Watch, University of Chicago

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A squally evening concludes our first day of sailing towards Suva, Fiji. Rough winds this morning kept us from our planned visit to Alofi, Futuna’s uninhabited neighbor, and the day became routine: DC (daily cleanup), naps, and watch from 1300 to 1900, while the wind kicked in as soon as we left the shelter of Futuna and the ship heeled over and pitched, and a number of us took to familiar clinging positions at the windward rail, gazing with pained fixedness at the horizon (and by a number of us I mean me).  As we left Futuna, a pair of boobies (a large, narrow-winged, gangly seabird) swooped about in our lee.


October 14, 2014

All in a day’s work

Amie Lonza, C Watch, St. Lawrence University

The Global Ocean

After a clear cool night watch from 1900-2300, during which we enjoyed calm waters and intermittently clear skies (perfect for learning new stars and constellations taught by our watch officer, Scott), we were awakened at 0600 by B watch for breakfast and our next watch that began at 0700. We were given the word that our foul weather gear would be needed. It is this quick and ever changing weather that we here on the Cramer are beginning to become accustomed to. After a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs and pita bread, C-watch took the deck.

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October 13, 2014

Arrival in Futuna

Cristina Gutowski, C Watch, Colgate University

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Our arrival in port to the French territory of Futuna this morning opened the sky to an afternoon downpour, but a bit of rain didn’t stop us student-explorers from venturing forth into the quaint downtown area.  Well, some of us anyway; Kristen, Michaella, and I took shelter in an abandoned shipping container on the dock. After waiting long enough to realize that the shower wouldn’t rest anytime soon, we ran back home – to the sweaty, sticky, ever-rocking Seamans.


October 13, 2014

Hail Neptune

Ali Png, C watch, University of California, Davis

The Global Ocean

Happy Columbus Day everyone! In honor of this nautical-based holiday it seems like Neptune has decided to be especially kind to us this day. The weather has significantly improved from yesterday’s gushing winds and thrashing waves, leaving only a nice light breeze and calm seas. Even the wake up at 0230 for our dawn watch from 0300 to 0700 seemed almost natural as our bodies have begun to adapt to the new routine at sea. Then again it could also be the simple fact that we have gotten better at throwing our bodies out of our bunks upon hearing the soft calling of those on watch or the anticipation to see what new poem Chuck has in store for us in the lab night orders.

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October 12, 2014

Science Near Futuna

Winton Kingman, C-watch University of Denver

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Today was a rather long day.  I woke this morning for 0700-1300 watch to see the floor being scrubbed.  Then, not four hours later, I was told to scrub the same floor.  It seems as though the cleaning is more for discipline than disinfection.  But without these sometimes tedious routines, life on board the Seamans simply would not work. 

I was excited today to be assigned to help the engineers.


October 12, 2014

Adventures at sea

Sophia Jannetty, C Watch, Williams College

The Global Ocean

At 0200 this morning I was standing at the helm of a 27.18 meter steel brigantine sailing vessel in the Mediterranean. My watch mates Maggie and Amie were quizzing each other on the proper order of events that need to occur in order to set and strike different sails while our watch officer Scott was making sure all our sailing-related questions were answered and occasionally drawing our attention up to the stars. We learned that Deneb, our beloved house on the SEA campus in Woods Hole, was named after one of the navigational stars in a formation called the summer triangle.

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October 11, 2014

Crossing the Hemisphere

Becky Block, A Watch, University of Rhode Island

The Global Ocean

Field Day and the Prime Meridian

Every day on the Corwith Cramer is a special day, but today could have been the most exciting yet. It began as a normal day does, each watch following their standing orders. However, there was a note written in the Night Order Log telling the dawn watch NOT to turn on Roxy (the galley’s trusty stove) at 0330 when she is usually “woken up.”

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