SEA Currents: News
November 15, 2014
Seeing the boat for the first time brought together everything we had been working on for the last six weeks. Suddenly, it was real. We met on the dock and had a mini reunion with our fellow students; it was as if we hadn’t seen each other in months, not just a few days. But then it was time to get down, salty, dirty, tough and exhausted.
Ship orientation had begun.
November 14, 2014
The students have all safely arrived to the ship, and ship safety and orientation is underway! With the Corwith Cramer tied securely to a dock in the heart of Puerto de Luz, the opportunities for observations related to Maritime Studies themes are endless. Facilities for the unloading and loading of container ships are busy with their work only a few hundred yards away while international, large-scale fishing boats are moored just north of us in one of the inner harbors of this extensive, highly trafficked port.
November 14, 2014
All members of SEA Semester: Global Ocean, class S256, have arrived in good health at the Robert C. Seamans. Their afternoon included meeting the ship’s professional crew, learning to maneuver around the vessel’s many spaces and ladders, practicing line handling, and becoming familiar with critical safety procedures onboard.
November 13, 2014
The students of C-256, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer by Friday, November 14th. They will end their voyage around December 23rd in St. Croix.
November 12, 2014
The students of The Global Ocean: New Zealand will board the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Auckland by November 14th (or November 13th, depending on your timezone). Their voyage will end around December 23rd, in Wellington, New Zealand.
November 08, 2014
As I write this final post I sit and wonder where the time went. Explaining what the trip was like is going to be hard for all of us. Pictures and journals will help; however, only we know exactly how we feel. The certain aspects of our trip have allowed us to become a unique family that would not be the same without all members of C255.
To attempt to offer everyone a glimpse into our experiences I have listed what each member of C255, staff included, has said he or she will miss the most. Enjoy!
November 07, 2014
Three months ago we set out to look at how humans have impacted coastal and marine environments and we have learned much more than we anticipated. On the Atlantic coast of Spain at Baelo Claudia, we visited the site of a Roman city from two thousand years ago where we saw evidence of an active ancient tuna fishery, and of an industrial plant set up to salt tons of fish annually for shipment along the northern Mediterranean coast and across the Strait of Gibraltar to Africa.
November 05, 2014
It was another momentous day about the Corwith Cramer on our short passage between the Madeiran and Canary Islands. The two big events were our final wire deployment and my birthday! On this final wire deployment, we paid out about 2000 meters of wire with a CTD (Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth) and a payload of artistically designed Styrofoam coffee cups, together forming what we call the “Styrocast.” It is a long oceanographic tradition to write some commemorative words on a styrofoam coffee cup and send it deep into the blue, where the incredible amount of water presses down on the cups and results in a souvenir that is about the size of a shot glass.
November 05, 2014
Today was both another day of sailing, and the last day of sailing (gasp!). We arrive in Auckland tomorrow morning at 9 am-a bitter sweet thing to think about for us all. As a result, many of my comrades and I have been reflecting quite a bit about our trip and all the incredible experiences, memories, and relationships we have made-especially the relationships we have built with each other, each island, the ship, and ourselves.
Those last two are a really big one for most of us, I’d say.
November 04, 2014
Today I was the Junior Watch Officer. I have had two shadow sessions where I practiced for “JWO” but today was my first official session. There were morning science deployments and I knew there would be a lot of sail handling because of them to heave the ship to. I had my notes and my watch members, so in my mind everything was good. And it was! With the conglomerate effort of my great watch members, C Watch was able to fluently “heave to” for science and gybe to continue on our path to the Canary Islands.