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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 28, 2018

Jump In With Both Feet

Sean S. Bercaw, Captain


Evening twilight approaches.  We are close-reaching under Main, Main Staysail, Fore Staysail, Jib and Jib Topsail (affectionately known as the JT), steering SSE in the light Force 3 (7 - 10 knots) Easterly Trade Winds. The students are getting their sea-legs on this first day underway, adjusting to the ‘motion in the ocean.’

November 27, 2018

Welcome Aboard!

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist


Welcome to the SSV Corwith Cramer!  The students of class C283 could not be more excited.  True, they have enjoyed their time in Grenada, but this is what they signed up for.  The opportunity to join the crew of the Cramer and sail through the Caribbean; and all the while, learn about the coral reef ecology of each island we visit.

November 25, 2018

This must be the place

Ale Tejeda, Colorado College


If you’ve read all of our posts diligently, you may have noticed that we students have become much more than classmates. We often revel in the miracle of having met, wondering what it would’ve been like if we had chosen a different SEA program, or chosen a different way to spend this semester altogether.

November 24, 2018

Conversations of a Good Kind

Bryce O’Brien, Bates College


Waz up yung dogs of erth,

Hello and happy belated Thanksgiving! There was an awesome amount of gratitude expressed throughout the weekend and I’d like to take this opportunity to send some home!

November 23, 2018

The Real Deal

Colleen Dollard, University of Connecticut


Today was the real deal.

Eight weeks of early mornings and long nights studying coral, fish, and invertebrate identifications, along with many classes dedicated to practicing survey methods, led to this day: C-283’s first coral reef survey.

November 22, 2018

Save the Mangroves

Ryanne Murray, Eckerd College


Today started out with a ride to St. George’s University where we met up with Zoya Buckmire, an SEA alumni. She’s from Grenada and started an NGO with her father called the Grenada Fund for Conservation (GFC). The organization works on conservation around Grenada, primarily with mangroves.

November 21, 2018

A Little Dirt Never Hurt!

Chloe McKinley, Beloit College


The day begins with 7:15 breakfast of hot omelets and sweet coconut water straight from the source. After we chat and prep for the day, our beloved Mandoo, the tour guide from Friday’s excursion, picks us up. Once again, we’re barreling down narrow and winding roads that are barely wide enough to allow more than one car.

Christina Lim, B Watch, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Family, friends, shipmates, and all those else who wander by,

By the time you read this, our cruise, like those that came before and those that follow, will have reached its inevitable end. One last giant field day was taken care of, the traditional Swizzle razzled and dazzled on the last evening, and the last watches were stood.

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November 20, 2018

The First Coral Reef

Nina Strand, Carleton College


Heisann folkens,

For several of us today was the first time we saw a coral reef in real life. With me being from Norway, I have never seen a coral reef other than on Blue Planet II or Chasing Coral, i.e. documentaries.

November 19, 2018

Love is Risky

Laura Blum, Middlebury College


After a wonderfully exhausting day in the sun yesterday, our class was happy for a rest this morning. We have managed to keep sunburns to a minimum, although everyone is sporting a new “toasty” glow. It seems a common theme in our class to fill every minute of our time here in order to make the most of each day.

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