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Current position of the SSV Corwith Cramer. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the tools, top right, to change the map style or view data layers.

SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

Brittney, Alexa, Emma, and Daniel, B Watch, Penn State
Penn State at SEA

This afternoon we continued sailing through the Virgin Passage as we passed St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John. It was a hot 80 degree day with light wind and we were finally able to put up an additional two sails, the fisherman and the jib topsail. Two playful dolphins passed the ship twice throughout the day that circled the ship.

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Zoya Buckmire, of St. George’s University in Grenada, talks commpleting her final academic assignments and Caribbnean Reef Expedition’s conclusion in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Kasey Jones, A Watch, Penn State
Penn State at SEA

It was a bright and beautiful day in paradise today! Off in the distance, the island of Culebra was appearing in the distance through fog. If the plan works accordingly, Culebra is our snorkeling stop for a bit of fun exploring in the Caribbean waters…fingers crossed!

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Carlos and Sean, C watch, Penn State
Penn State at SEA

After a long night of watch with varying weathers, people woke up to the sound of the infamous triangle that Grady plays to mark that breakfast is served. Some managed to wake up for pancakes and sausages while others had dreams that can only occur when on the high seas. Once people finished eating and managed to wake up, they went topside to a chill breeze that made it pleasant to stay on deck. Some people focused on work, others worked on their journals, and some caught a glimpse of flying fish alongside the ship’s hull.

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Tyler, Quinn and Ed, B Watch, Penn State
Penn State at SEA

We made it through our first night aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. We were all assigned an hour for anchor watch throughout the night. Anchor watch consists of making sure our position in the San Juan harbor did not move.

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Audrey Meyer, Chief Scientist, SEA
Penn State at SEA

Welcome to the SEA Penn State program blog! I am happy to report that all 24 Penn State participants (22 students, their professor Monica Medina, and TA Aki Ohdera) safely arrived in San Juan and boarded the Corwith Cramer at 1100 this morning.  After a quick muster on the quarterdeck for introductions, we transited the ship to a nearby anchorage in San Juan Harbor, blissfully leaving the noisy harbor behind. Orientation to the ship began almost immediately after anchoring and an All-Hands lunch.

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Gretchen Beehler, of Purdue University, describes snorkeling the coral reefs around Barbuda as part of SEA Semester’s Caribbean Reef Expedition.

Chris Nolan, Captain
Caribbean Reef Expedition

The crew of the Corwith Cramer has arrived in San Juan to mark the end of SEA Semester’s first Caribbean Reef Expedition program.  All hands had a great time snorkeling and sailing in the waters of Grenada, St. Vincent, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, and the USA. 



Gretchen Beehler, C-watch, Purdue University
Caribbean Reef Expedition

We have spent the last couple of days sailing our way to Puerto Rico. Last night was our last dawn watch for C-watch and the last watch we will ever have on this boat L. Dawn watch is always difficult but we kept ourselves awake with puppy chow and just making each other laugh. After six hours of making up songs and just being loopy, all our dreams came true when at 0640 a bunch of dolphins came to play in our ship’s wake!



Ryan Betters, C Watch, Grinnell College
Caribbean Reef Expedition

“Wire ready!” I shout as I stand by the hydrowinch and prepare to lower two pantyhose stuffed with decorated Styrofoam cups into the ocean. It may not sound like it, but our last science deployment of the voyage is quite an emotional event. Students and crew alike spent the last day adorning their own cups with depictions of various sea creatures, coral reefs, beautiful Caribbean sunsets, and treasured memories from our journey

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