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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 15, 2014

C254 Blog 15 July 2014

Stephen Brennan, Bridgewater State University


Good Morning to all back home! Stephen here, reporting on the Corwith Cramer’s daily functions. We are currently.SAILING! After motor-sailing for the last couple of days since leaving Douarnenez, everyone was getting anxious to get back under sail. The winds are finally coming at us from the west allowing us to set the Four Lowers and the JT as the sun shines over the Bay of Biscay. This morning, while I was on dawn watch, dolphins protruded out of the water around us! The fascinating creatures cruised ahead of us, exciting the crew and students alike to see such fauna in the pre-dawn moonlight.

July 14, 2014

C254 Blog 14 July 2014

Becca Mellema, Whitman College


Au revoir, Douarnenez… Hello, Bay of Biscay! (For my mom, it’s pronounced: Do-are-nuh-nay. I finally figured out how to say it).

We woke up bright and early to finish dawn clean-up and to prepare our beautiful vessel for another wonderful voyage. This time, though, we were bound not for another French port, but to Lisbon, Portugal! As excited as we all were, we still had a brief moment of sorrow for the crepes and croissants we have to leave behind. They will be missed.

July 13, 2014

C254 Blog 13 July 2014

Alexander Morrow, Bard College at Simon's Rock


Hi all, and happy Bastille Day!
Today could not have made for a better last full day in France. Starting off bright and early, we woke to a mountain of fresh croissants, pain au chocolate, and baguettes, courtesy of our most generous land contact, Brooks, before a day packed with adventures.

July 12, 2014

C254 Blog 12 July 2014

Doug Licitra, Saint Joseph's University


Doug here, reporting in on our third night in France. Douarnenez seems like a great city. All of the locals have been very welcoming and kind (even when I painfully struggle to place an order speaking in jumbled French at the crepe restaurant). I had never had crepes prior to this trip but I think I’ve eaten more than enough to make up for the lost time.

July 09, 2014

C254 Blog 09 July 2014

Mo Howard / Ryan Furey, University of Rhode Island / Harvard University


Bon Jour from French waters!
Mo and Ryan here, reporting for C-254 13 miles off the coast of France! After one of the crew (we won’t say who) broke the cardinal rule of not touching the “Winder-starker,” Cramer’s on board weather controlling handle, we had a brief bout of winds lighter than the horse latitudes. However, after hanging said crew member’s shoes off the starboard quarter, Neptune granted us good luck and better winds, and we are on track to arrive at Douarnenez Bay a day ahead of schedule.

July 08, 2014

C254 Blog 08 July 2014

Mo Howard / Evan Watkins, University of Rhode Island / Purdue University

Mo and Evan here reporting from Dawn watch! It is a slightly chilly early morning here on good old Cramer. We are currently watching the Sun rise quickly and brightly. At these latitudes in summer, it will be in the sky from 0300 to 02300. Light winds yesterday forced us to heave-to for our entire watch, which gave us time to learn and re-learn lines.

July 07, 2014

Down the River Lee

Elliot Rappaport, Captain

After two very productive days spent learning the ship and studying local history in Cork, we boarded a pilot yesterday at 1230 for a trip down the river Lee and back to sea. The trip downriver winds through a beautiful green landscape of agricultural fields, dotted with towns and Industry. Cobh (pronounced: “Cove”) is the main working port of Cork harbor, with wharves built a century ago to accommodate the White Star liners. On our way past, the staff of the harbor control office waved us farewell with a giant foam hand.


The students of C-254, Historic Seaports of Western Europe, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Cork, Ireland, by July 4th. After a brief shore component, they will depart on their voyage, ending in Cádiz, Spain, around August 2nd.

Audrey Meyer, C253 Chief Scientist

It’s very early on a gorgeous Saturday morning. We’re safely secured to the dock in downtown Cork, after a scenic transit of about 14 miles up the river from the Irish coast. We tied up at about 1730 yesterday, enjoyed a delicious All Hands dinner of pesto and fresh bread, and shared a final evening’s swizzle that showcased the many talents of our shipmates.

Beckett Colson, A Watch, MIT


Hello! We’re comfortably at anchor off of the coast of Ireland next to a big cliff. There are small coves in the rocks where hundreds of birds were roosting earlier today. All day I’‘ve been getting used to seeing land on the horizon. It’s so strange to see land after so long. When we were further away, it was easy to mistake it as a very odd cloud. It’s very exciting to see so much green.

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