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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

Connor Dixon, Whitman College


A Guide to Avoiding Sunburn and Surviving the Ocean
In the subtropical wilderness, the pale Seattlite may soon become a grotesque shade of burgundy if certain steps are not taken. Although at first unbelievable, a person may find shade scarce among the ocean. Despite its vastness, I have yet to find a tree or other source of shelter in the high seas beyond the boat that brought us here. As such, I have set about creating a survival guide for the Northwesterner in this most inhospitable environment.

Dr. Robbie Smith, Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo


The dawn found us sailing steadily north, after a bumpy night again. But the skies brightened quickly and another busy day began. I had to look forward to the “pleasure” of trying to teach another class at 8 AM on the quarterdeck with rolling seas and 25 knots of steady breeze. I was leading another discussion on Bermuda’s geology and the significant sea level studies that have been done there. Pretty hard to concentrate on your discussion while being heaved around and also trying to hold up flapping papers with images relevant to the lecture topic. I hope the students got my drift!

Luke Gervase, B-watch, SUNY E.S.F.


Things have been going swimmingly thus far aboard Mama Cramer with my amazing shipmates. After 3 days I already feel the ship is our home… wait, has it been five? It is so easy to lose track of days and time on our watch schedule. I think we are all finally getting into a sleeping schedule and getting adjusted to life on the high seas. The seas have gotten stronger and are making the boat rock quite violently at times. Last night in particular, I was woken up a few times as I was being thrashed into the side of my bunk. The sea sickness has dropped drastically despite the rising swells; we all just needed that adjustment time, myself included.

Brandon O’Brien, C-Watch, Cornell University


Another clear day of sailing aboard the Corwith Cramer! Winds have picked up slightly and the ship has been rocking a bit more today. Stumbling continues, though everyone seems to be swiftly adjusting. Seasickness is on the decline, and science is steadily progressing.

Victoria Young, A-Watch, University of South Carolina


Exciting news on the science front: larval eels and larval spiny lobsters collected in our tows and microbes are starting their data processing! The students have completed two Neuston net tows and our first stacked tow (three nets on one wire!). Students broke out the sextants and practiced some celestial navigation during class today. Watches are trying to learn their lines and sails (9 sails total-4 lower and about 60 lines of about 9 types) by the Line Relay next Tuesday.

Amy Siuda, Chief Scientist


We are sailing under the four lowers!!!! We departed San Juan Harbor at 1800 this evening, after a long day of continued safety training. Now, students have to apply all they learned during the past 24 hours, while the ship moves about under them. We’’re sailing on a starboard tack—- walk on the ‘high’ side. The main salon tables are gimbaled—- don’’t lean on them during meals. The swells are rocking us about—- one hand for you, one hand for the ship.

Jason Quilter, Captain


Greetings from the SSV Corwith Cramer, docked in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. Today is the beginning of a five week voyage for class C-252, SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. All of our students, visiting scientists and crew are now aboard ship and beginning to settle in to their new home. We will remain alongside the dock tonight while all hands take part in a thorough ship orientation and safety training.

The students of C-252, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Puerto Rico by Monday, April 14th. They will end their voyage in Woods Hole, MA.

Craig Marin, Professor of Maritime Studies

Just a few short hours ago, we made our way with all hands on deck into Christiansted Harbor escorted by dolphins playing in our bow wake. The securing of the Corwith Cramer’s dock lines to the pier in Gallows Bay marks the end of our six-week journey that began in a former maritime center of the Spanish Caribbean and continued on to three former English sugar island colonies before we cleared back into United States waters in St. John.

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Meryl Friets


Last full night on board and underway! As the ship(and us) is headed south to St. Croix, students and staff alike are soaking up every last bit of sailing that they can before we dock. As Emily touched upon, these last few days have been a great reflection period for all involved. Last night was the famous “Swizzle” party, which was a barrel of laughs to say the least. All had the chance to get up and perform something of their choice.

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