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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist


Welcome to one of the most unique ecosystems on planet Earth -  Los Haitises National Park; a region of Samana Bay, Dominican Republic where geologic processes, biological diversity, and human history coalesce into a truly unique environment.

Victoria Smith, SEA Alumni Relations Coordinator and Illustration Instructor


What seems like 100 years ago when I was in college, I took a scientific illustration course that blew my world wide open.  As a science major, I was pleasantly surprised how the act of drawing enhanced my observation skills and forced me to slow down, make notes, jot down comments, ideas, and truly focus on what I was doing.

Delphine Griffith, C Watch, Sarah Lawrence College


C watch has the pleasure of being awake from 2200 to 0300 for watch. Though this may seem like a rough time to be sailing a tall ship through 12 foot waves, the sheer beauty of the full moon reflected on the water, the wind rushing past you, and most importantly the midnight dolphins and Sargassum, makes it all worthwhile.

February 18, 2019

Science never stops!

Courcelle Stark, 3rd scientist


It’s hard to believe that we set sail just yesterday from our anchorage at Francis Bay, St. John. So much science has happened since! When we were leaving St. John, we took three surface samples to get an idea of how nutrients and chlorophyll change from inshore to offshore, stay tuned for those exciting discoveries.

Lucas Stevens, Berklee College of Music


Aside from those of us who had anchor watch this morning, our day began at 0630. After breakfast, chores, and some packing, we launched our two inflatable boats and shuttled everyone to the nearby beach. From there, we walked across the island to Waterlemon Bay where we spotted a reef shark in the shallow water and surveyed a lively reef.

February 15, 2019

Waves and Hills

Emma Saas, C Watch, Whitman College


We left St. Croix yesterday and bounced over some waves to St. John, arriving at about 10:00 this morning! Today C watch was on from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm, during which we gybed 4 times, struck and furled all the sails, took water samples (for SCIENCE!), and anchored in St. John.

February 14, 2019

We are Underway!

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies


We are Underway! Saying “goodbye” to Historic Christiansted and ready to say “hello” to the National Park of St. John!

February 13, 2019

Snorkel Survey Surprise !!

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist


Good Morning faithful followers of Cruise C284 Blog!  Welcome to the story of our academic and scientific explorations of the Caribbean.  Today we stepped off the deck of the Corwith Cramer and visited Cane Bay, St Croix, a popular beach and dive destination on the north shore.  Our mission, to practice and refine our snorkel survey techniques, document coral reef health and reef fish and invertebrate diversity, and finally to have a bit of fun at the same time

February 12, 2019

Welcome Aboard !!

Bill Burke, Captain


I am happy to report the successful start to cruise C-284 – Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean (CCC).  Just moments ago students arrived from various cold destinations around the globe and have convened here in St Croix, USVIs to begin their adventure onboard the SSV Corwith Cramer.  Sea bags were quickly stowed and all hands turned to on the quarterdeck for introductions and messages of welcome to their new home.


Following five weeks of coursework at the SEA campus in Woods Hole, students join the SSV Corwith Cramer in St. Croix on Feb 12th.  Their sea component ends March 22 in Key West, Florida, following port stops in St. John, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman.

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