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May 05, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 05 May 2014

Connor Dixon, Whitman College


Heading North
As we slowly increase the distance between our vessel and the equator, the weather has taken a turn for the colder. Even in Bermuda, jackets were frequently worn. As I saw it, breaking out my cold weather gear in such a tropical paradise as Bermuda would be a downright sin. Carefully stowed away in the depths of my bunk under the swim shorts and t-shirts are my synthetic down pants and jacket (together creating a walking sleeping bag), fleece unisuit, and my highly coveted drysuit. However, timing is everything. Switching over from hot gear to cold gear too early, and I’‘ll be awash with my own perspiration.

May 04, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 04 May 2014

Theo Collins, MBC Policy TA


This is familiar. I’‘ve been here, done this before. But setting sail in St. Georges Harbor and steering through the narrow cut still thrills. The Sargasso Sea greets us with slapping head-seas, waves nearly on our bow, and the boat’s pitching shakes all of the land habits (and food) out of our systems. I only arrived on Friday and have just recently met a lot of the students, but their excitement and anxiety shows. There’s a lot of work and a shrinking time window in which to do it. Now’s the time when we start applying pressure to the students to take on stronger leadership roles throughout both the navigation and science operations of the ship.

May 03, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 03 May 2014

Callie Bateson, Rollins College

Hello from Bermuda! Today was our last full day at port in Bermuda so we made sure to get in as many adventures as possible. With all-day bus passes in hand, all 14 students set out early in the morning for the other side of the island.

Although we had plans of going to a beach on the south side of Bermuda, we had no particular beach in mind. This led to an educated guess as to where our first stop of the day should be, and we made the right decision!

May 02, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 02 May 2014

Manuel A. Nieves Ortiz, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Humacao


Bermuda is just beautiful and full with excitement. Even though is not as warm as back home, Bermuda is a mix of the beautiful tropical world and the dynamic seasonal patterns that exalt Nature’s beauty. Today we got the opportunity to visit the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS) and got to talk with very interesting people. We learned about many of the seeds that travel floating around the ocean for a long time and sometimes reach Bermuda. Seeds that sometimes come from Costa Rica and even the Amazons in Brazil!

May 01, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 01 May 2014

Brandon O’Brien, Cornell University


Our arrival in Bermuda has not halted the steady march of science on board the Corwith Cramer! In between exciting field trips and some much-needed rest, students have been fighting the good fight to finish up molecular work for their projects. DNA extractions and PCR amplifications must be finished by Friday morning so that samples can be flown back to Woods Hole with MBLscientist Linda Amaral-Zettler for sequencing at the facilities there.

May 01, 2014

S252 Final Swizzle

Barbara Fleck, A Watch, Visiting Professor (from Maine Maritime Academy)

Oceans & Climate

It is the students’  last night on the Seamans; it’s been a long day.  We have cleaned every nook and cranny of the ship, and packed our bags in preparation for departure tomorrow morning.  And tonight we had our final Swizzle, with performances by many of our shipmates.  We enjoyed comedy, music, and dancing, as well as some inspirational readings.  In fact, the dancing goes on now as the salsa music is playing in the salon as I write this in the library.  We all have a lot to think about as we sort out what we have learned on this journey.

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April 30, 2014

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Jerelle Jesse, C Watch, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth


These last couple days in Hilo have been crazy. At 10:15 yesterday morning many shipmates awoke to the Big Island of Hawaii as we let the anchor down. After many small boat runs and a little dock rock, passports were stamped and we were officially welcomed back into the United States! It was strange at first to see traffic lights and the McDonalds on the corner. Even driving down the road was bizarre, but we adjusted quickly with thoughts of volcanoes in our minds.

Today at the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park we were all amazed to walk through the craters (especially all of our geology majors)!  The unique patterns made by the lava and the steam still emerging from the rock were enough to make us all geek out.

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April 30, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 30 April 2014

Victoria, A Watch, University of South Carolina


Hello People of the Land,
What an incredible day for the Cramerites in Bermuda! Although we rose early, we eagerly rode the bus to the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo (BAMZ) where we boarded their boat. To do what you may ask? To go snorkeling off of the northern coral reefs.

April 29, 2014

Reflections on S252

Sara Martin & Matt Gowen, Third Mate & Assistant Engineer


These last few days, watching the students plot our position nearer and nearer to the Big Island, I would note the return of little things that meant ‘shore’: radio static, an airplane flickering five miles up at night, and just barely on our side of the horizon - another ship. Small pieces that mean nothing until you’ve left the lights and calls thousands of miles behind and weeks in your wake. I assumed I would keep collecting these small reminders of shore until I saw the first speck of land creep up out of the ocean and I would watch it grow as we approached. I was wrong. I woke up this morning and there was a huge island like a mural taking up my horizon from the port beam to the starboard beam!

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April 29, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 29 April 2014

Gracie Ballou, University of Vermont


Greetings from Bermuda! It’s our tenth day-no wait, our third day in Bermuda?! The students had yesterday afternoon off, some ventured away to find Wi-Fi, others explored the small town of St. George’s where we are docked. A handful of us took a taxi to Clearwater bay to explore the beaches and parks. From the center of St. George’s we caught two cabs to Clearwater Beach, which is on the other side of the bay. If you have heard anything about Bermuda it is probably one of two things: the beautiful beaches and the extremely nice people.

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