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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

Haley Peterson, B Watch, Smith College

Hello all! It is hard to believe that Class C-277 has only been living on the Cramer for 4 days now; it already feels as though we have been here a lifetime-in a good way! The theme for the past few days has been adjustment, with everyone adjusting in their own time to the challenges of life at sea, including sea sickness, small living quarters, and the ever-present elements.

Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist


For those fortunate among you to have set sail on a long voyage nothing more need be said.  You can share in the exhilaration of this moment that is encapsulated by the beaming smiles worn by each member of the ship’s company.  All the planning and preparation, hard work and sacrifice have led to this moment.

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies

Our second day in program was an exciting mix of exploration of the port environs of Old San Juan, continued orientation/safety training and first-hand accounts of life in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of this year’s devastating hurricane season.

To start the day, we took a walk into the historic district and examined the fortified aspects of this 16th century port city that was so integral to Spain’s early colonial economy, acting as a gateway to the colonial possessions in Central and South America. Indeed, the deep and protected bay, now lined with modern port infrastructure, highlights the continued importance of San Juan to the economy of Puerto Rico and, indirectly, to the Caribbean as a whole. The morning walk ended at the very impressive fortifications of El Morro, overlooking the entrance to San Juan Bay. After exploring the many levels of the fort, students slowly worked their way in smaller groups back to the ship, taking in more of the city sights before lunch.



Sean S. Bercaw, Captain, Nautical Science Faculty

Full of positive energy and frequent smiles, the CCC (Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean) students boarded the SSV Corwith Cramer this afternoon, and our Sea Component began. The first days aboard are busy ones for the students as they’re exposed to the language, etiquette and culture of this new environment.

C277 map

The students of C-277, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer on February 13th in San Juan. They will depart in Key West on March 24th after port stops in St. John, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and Jamaica.

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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 completing her final academic assignments and Caribbean 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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