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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

Skylah Reis, A Watch, Harvard College


Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Hello all of you beautiful C-284 blog readers. I am here to report that we woke up on this fine Monday anchored in Great Inagua, Bahamas but it wasn’t long until A watch (best watch) took the deck at 0650 and began preparing for departure.

March 03, 2019

Can you hear me now?

Sarah Weiss, Visiting Scientist/Resident Whale Expert, NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center


In the field of acoustics, a soundscape can be defined as the combination of all of the sounds that occur in, and make up, an environment. When we think of the ocean, we can categorize these sounds into three main groups: biological (such as whales or fish), abiotic (natural sounds such as wind or rain), and anthropogenic, or human-caused (such as vessel noise).

Mica Hastings, Bee Watch, Bard College


The things we saw today were unreal. We are currently anchored off of Matthew Town, Great Inagua, Bahamas and today we saw some of the primary features of the island: flamingos and salt.

Julia Grady, A Watch, Colby College


I’m writing from Great Inagua, Bahamas, where the ocean is as blue as a YMCA swimming pool and clear enough to see 33.2 feet below. The new watch schedule has been a tough adjustment; for me, the most challenging part of being underway is the cyclical nature of the days. Thankfully today was about as blissful and unpredictable as I could’ve imagined.

February 28, 2019


Maria Jose (MJ) Fernandez, Teaching Assistant/Deckhand


As I sit at one of our gimbaled tables in the main saloon and look around at all of my shipmates swaying along to the rocking of the ship, I can’t help but be filled with gratitude as I look back at our weekend in the DR. It never ceases to humble me to realize that I get to call so many incredible places home.

February 28, 2019

Oh Whale

Emily Brooks, Sea Watch, The University of New Hampshire


Due to unfavorable weather conditions we were not able to spend the day in Silver Bank observing whales as planned. Instead we set course for Great Inagua in hopes of getting there a day early.

Alle Brown-Law, C Watch, Carleton College


Hello faithful followers of the C-284 blog! I am writing this blog entry in the Cramer’s library, while we roll the characteristic side-to-side motion of a downwind sail. Today was full of whales and waves as we sailed around the edges of Silver Bank, the marine preserve known for its humpback whales.

February 25, 2019

The End of an Era

Mark Sheehan, Bonefish Watch, Oberlin College


We departed Samana early this afternoon after our longest port stop thus far. Due to a departure delay, bonefish watch didn’t have a whole lot to do for the 0700-1300 watch so we hung out on the quarterdeck and drew things like the elegant pedestrian bridge that in its beauty and openness provided, perhaps, a metaphor for the warm welcome we received in Samana.

February 24, 2019

Last Day in Samana!

Emily Scott, Best Watch, Boston University


Today was our last day in port in the Dominican Republic before we set sail to Silver Bank National Marine Mammal Sanctuary tomorrow (yay, whales!). It also happens to be my 21st birthday, which I got to ring in at midnight after my watch with my friends and the quietly peaceful Cramer under the stars.

February 23, 2019

Just dance!

Mariana Dominguez Moran, Brave Watch, Universidad de los Andes


Today began with Lucas and me finishing B watch’s activities from 05:00 to 07:00 a.m. We then completed our daily chores to keep Mama Cramer tidy. Laurie and Victoria headed back to the US, taking a huge chunk of our family with them.

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