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December 03, 2014

The Wide Sargasso Sea

Ger Tysk, A Watch, Maritime Voyager

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

There is an ebb and flow to life at sea that creeps into your bones. Three weeks ago, many of us crowded onto the quarterdeck of the Corwith Cramer for the first time, having never set foot aboard a sailing ship before, much
less crossed the second largest body of water on Earth. Today, at the midway point of our voyage, we are much more than the varied crew of 29 who waved goodbye to Gran Canaria on November 15. When our voyage ends, we will become part of a very small group of people to have completed a tall ship trans-Atlantic voyage after the end of the age of sail.


December 03, 2014

New Zealand is exactly like Nebraska… right?

Anna Bute, A Watch, University of Washington

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

First, THANK YOU to all of the family and friends that are keeping up with us via our blog and supporting us from afar. I cannot believe how fortunate I am to be spending my 2nd to last quarter of college studying with SEA on a
tall ship… in New Zealand… learning sailing and science (and some engineering) from an amazingly dedicated crew alongside some remarkable peers. Incredible, right? Everyone should get the chance to do this sometime during their lifetime!


December 02, 2014

Abundance of Sargassum and Mahi Mahi

Jessica Donohue, Assistant Scientist, C-210 Alum

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Greetings from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge! Today has been a very eventful and exciting day onboard, a great day to write the blog. Morning watch began as a typical watch, getting equipment prepared for our morning science station, until we heard the call “Fish on”.  The science team headed aft to help Chief Mate Sarah pull in the fishing line while Farley helped bring the catch on deck.  It was a beautiful Mahi mahi, the largest one caught yet, 60 inches long and weighing 40 pounds!


December 02, 2014

It’s a nick-nack Patty Whack, give the frog a loan

Kendall Marie Reinhart, A Watch, Dartmouth College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

First things first: THANK YOU across the global ocean and back to all of you who made this once-in-a-lifetime voyage possible for us ! It has been an extraordinary adventure that we will never forget.

Hello Folks!

I am pleased to report that my shipmates and I have all mastered the salty sailor.


December 01, 2014

The Sargassum and the Sea

Zach Godfrey, B-watch, Rhodes College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Today is an historic day for the Corwith Cramer crew because we had our first sighting of Sargassum! I was in the main salon drinking hot cocoa and catching up with two other shipmates when we heard excited exclamations from on deck. For a second we were confused, but then we heard a word ring clear: Sargassum sighted! I headed up the mid-ship ladder with my mug in hand to see if I could catch a glimpse of the algae that has eluded us for so long.


December 01, 2014

Joyeux Anniversaire To Me

Marine Lebrec, C Watch, University of Washington

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

We are all so excited to be back in the routine of being at sea, which means taking four naps per day, eating the best foods, and sailing around beautiful New Zealand. Although many of us are feeling seasick, I am impressed by how motivated we all are to work hard while on watch.

Today marks a pretty special day for me - I turn 21 today (although it is still November 30th back home).


November 30, 2014

Get yer sea legs on!

Kate Perkins, B Watch, Washington State University

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Today began with the excitement of heading back out to the open ocean! We enjoyed a regular night of sleep last evening, a precursor to the sometimes odd hours of the watch schedule we enjoy at sea. After breakfast, we completed the usual morning duties (cleaning, cleaning, and cleaning), then heard the call of, “all hands muster on the quarterdeck!” This call may indicate several things: meeting, class, field trip, or in this case, imminent departure.


November 30, 2014

Change is Good: The Musings of a Bow Watch Insomniac

Rebecca Hadik, C Watch, Clark University

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Before leaving for my voyage aboard the Cramer I was told by my father and mother, both seasoned sailors, that on a trip like this my mind would find time to wander to topics that I didn’t know existed. I was told that long sailing trips have the ability to “change you”. Goodness were they right! While up on bow watch on dark nights, calm nights, raging nights, and long nights I have had time to think about a plethora of topics, among which include: college, careers, 90’s songs, cloud watching, star gazing, ranting, philosophizing, and my personal favorite, singing loudly and obnoxiously into the wind because there is no one around to hear you.


November 29, 2014

You Can’t Beat a Good Day in Wellington

Sarianna Crook, Local Kiwi translator, Auckland Sailing Intern

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Locals joke “You can’t beat Wellington on a nice day!”

It’s truly a beautiful and fun place on such a day… you just rarely get a “nice day” in Wellington. Lucky for us, today was just such a day! On the agenda today for crew: prepare the ship for public viewing onboard in the afternoon; for students: work on the ever-present assignments, soak up some sun, and visit the national museum of New Zealand known as Te Papa.


November 29, 2014

Happy L.A.T.!!! (Local Apparent Thanksgiving!)

Caitlin O’Morchoe, C Watch, Sailing Intern

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Never fear folks, we here on the Corwith Cramer do in fact celebrate holidays such as Thanksgiving, we just maybe don’t celebrate them on the traditional date. Yet when we do decide to have a holiday, we do it in style. Everybody put on their finest and cleanest cloths, even those of us standing watch decided to do so in handsome dresses and beautiful shirts (occasionally accompanied by foul weather gear as the squalls flowed in and out).

Be assured though, we do know what day and time it is out here at 21° 20.2’N X 041° 01.1’W, we simply have the ability to alter the calendar and have Local Apparent Thanksgiving not on Thanksgiving Day.


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