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June 20, 2014

C253 Web Blog 20 June 2014

Anna Massefski, A Watch, Hampshire College

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Hello landfolks! Greetings from the Corwith Cramer!
At the risk of sounding too nerdy, I’’m going to start off by saying that the Cramer reminds me of Hogwarts. It’s a moving, changing vessel of hands-on learning, with secret areas in the soles and clever storage spaces in every conceivable place. With only 135 feet to house 35 people and everything they need for a month, the Cramer wastes no space

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June 19, 2014

Departing Maui

Samantha Schildroth, A Watch, University of New England

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Aloha family and friends of class S-253: Aloha ‘Aina,
After a morning filled with Man-Over-Board, fire, and abandon shipexercises, we are finally underway! We set sail off of Lahaina Port on the west shore of Maui at approximately 13:00. The first half hour was “all hands on deck” as we set our mainstay’s’l, forestay’s’l, and top s’l and headed south. We are currently headed out to sea to, as Jeff likes to say, “do science” (aka the fun stuff!) and will remain at sea until Tuesday when we will return to the island of Lana’i.


June 19, 2014

C253 Web Blog 19 June 2014

Benjamin Sturmer, B-Watch, Maine Maritime Academy

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Hey land lovers,
We are currently sailing (wind jammin’) over the Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge. I find it fascinating and so does our lab equipment with the chlorophyll A readings totally different from anything we have experienced so far! Hopefully in one of our next deployments we will catch some type of awesome sea creature that none of us has ever seen before!

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June 18, 2014

Moving Aboard

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist, Sea Education Association

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Anchored just offshore the west coast of Maui, near the historic town of Lahaina, Maui.  This historic town was once an important commercial port built on the profits of whaling and sugar cane plantations.  Today it is a popular tourist destination due to pristine waters ideal for snorkeling/diving, sport fishing, access to the inter-island ferry terminal.

The students were soooo excited last night as they finally moved aboard their new home – the SSV Robert C. Seamans.


June 18, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 18 June 2014

Lily Kapiloff, C Watch, University of Southern Maine

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I’’m sitting on the port side deck-box with the mains’l flying over my head, looking out at the sun setting, listening to the melodic sloshing of the waves against the hull, basking in the balmy 17°, having trouble keeping my eyes open with the Cramer so sweetly trying to rock me to sleep. It’s amazing how much the color and texture of the water can change throughout the day, the diversity of the clouds and stars.

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June 17, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 17 June 2014

Hunter Jones, A Watch, Eckerd College

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We have now been on the Cramer for seventeen days! This seems insane to me, but on the other hand I can hardly remember land life. We are ending our 17th day, which means about ten days left on the Cramer. The past seventeen days have been a mix of hard work, utter happiness, exhaustion, excitement, and a pure learning experience. I feel I have learned about a whole other world I couldn’’t have tried to figure out without experiencing it. 

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June 16, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 16 June 2014

Polly Carrico, B Watch, University of San Diego

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It’s hard to believe we are more than halfway through our journey! Looking at the boat’s position on the chart in the center of the world’s second biggest ocean hasn’t quite set in, and I suspect it won’t until I set foot in on another continent. We are already leaving the West Atlantic Basin and about to enter into the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Zone within the next day or two! Life on board continues to be a cycle of new experiences- some watches are tiring, but then just when we start to feel a little down, we get an extraordinary sunset or a pod of dolphins appears beside the boat to lift the mood back up.

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June 15, 2014

Oahu, Maui, & Lanai

Dr. Jeffrey Schell, Chief Scientist for Sea Education Association

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Hello Family and Friends of Aloha ‘Aina – a collaborative study abroad program with Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) and Sea Education Association (SEA).

After a brief, yet influential and important week of classes at Hawaii Loa campus on the island of Oahu the students have now started to explore the islands of Maui and Lanai.  As we did on Oahu, the students are experiencing and learning about the history, culture, traditional practice and science of the Hawaiian Islands and wrestling with complex issues of conservation and resource management in an era of multiple stakeholders and competing, economic and cultural incentives.


June 15, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 15 June 2014

Carolyn Corbin, C watch, Swarthmore College

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These are the voyages of the science ship Corwith Cramer; her mission: to explore new depths of the North Atlantic, and act as an ambassador on the high seas.

Today was another rousing Field Day aboard the Cramer!  Our weather at dawn was a bit dark and damp, but with calming seas and less rain than late, and by afternoon watch and class time at 1600, the cloud layers had lifted into puffy cumulous clouds, the seas calmed to a nice lapping swell, and the sun came out.

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June 14, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 14 June 2014

Jaclyn Friedman, A watch, University of Rhode Island

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Life on board the Cramer has been an experience that I am so happy that I have been able to participate in. Being in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with 34 other people, who are truly intriguing and inspiring is something that I will remember for the rest of my life. So far, my watch officers have helped me through a lot of unusual issues on this ship and I appreciate all their help and the help of all other watch officers as well. Starting tomorrow, we will be switching watch officers, so that will be a good way to experience new teaching techniques and get to know people on board better.

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