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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 22, 2014

Just your typical day at sea!

Zachary Godfrey, B Watch, Rhodes College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Today started early for me when I was roused to prepare for dawn watch at 0230. After getting my headlamp, knife, water bottle, and harness I made my way up to the lab where I would be stationed for the next four hours.  The watch before ours left us a little surprise: their Neuston tow yielded over 350 mL of zooplankton! There was a pint jar full of euphasiids (aka krill) and our 100-count observation was the easiest to date considering euphausids are easy to identify given their large size (for zooplankton) at just under a centimeter in length.

Winnie Davis, B Watch, Sewanee - The University of the South

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Greetings from the Atlantic Gyre! November 21 marks yet another bumpy day on the Corwith Cramer. Everyone appears to have adjusted to the background cacophony of dishes rolling back and forth in their shelves in the main salon and we are learning to walk with the movement of the ship’s rolling and pitching—the stance reminds me of moonwalking.

Early in the morning, on dawn watch, the deck crew spotted a pod of dolphins off the bow, playing in the waves and leaving trails of bioluminescence. Their bodies almost looked like ghosts gliding through the water.

November 20, 2014

Squally Night!

Emma Hayward, A Watch, Eugene Lang College - the New School for Liberal Arts

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

I suppose it all started during yesterday’s class.  Despite a rolling ship, the increasing winds and wave height was not enough to keep us from learning.  Faculty, crew, and students alike converged on the quarterdeck to hear the day’s weather, navigation, and science reports. Mama Cramer was racing along at a speedy 9.3 knots, and Craig stood at the helm while Nick, one of our scientific voyagers, began to explain to us just what his research project has to do with our ship.

November 19, 2014


Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Every day at sea is different than the next - not all that profound when you think on it, but already we find ourselves wondering - how are we going to top this day?  Did we already peak so early in the voyage?  Can it get any better?  Well, I suppose it doesn’t have to get better, it just surprises us in new and unexpected ways. and that is what we have for this Wednesday, the 19th of November. 

The day for me began at 0600 with a morning wake up - a call for breakfast and an off-hand comment that if I planned on taking my coffee up on deck to be sure and bring my foul weather jacket!

November 18, 2014

Birthday at SEA!

Sarah Herard, Chief Mate, C-197 Alum

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hello Friends and Family!
This is Sarah, Chief Mate of the Corwith Cramer. I’m writing after a fantastic birthday at sea. Below is a list of some amazing things that happened onboard today:

Fresh small, sweet strawberries at breakfast:
My favorite morning meal is breakfast sandwiches. I was so happy to sit down at the table this morning before watch to find a spread of fresh fixin’s for biscuit sandwiches. A platter of fresh fruit as a side included fresh berries and bananas provisioned in Las Palmas.

Katie George, SEA Semester alumna, c-243

SSV Corwith Cramer at dock

Dear Students,

You are about to embark on one of those crazy once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. But you know that. What you don’t know is that this experience will enthrall and exhaust you. There will be conflict and head-butting; this happens when you put people so close together. There will also be bonds forged that last years - maybe a full lifetime although I can’t say that yet as I’m still living.

November 17, 2014

Greetings Wildlife Enthusiasts

Farley Miller, Able Bodied Ships' Carpenter (Sailing Intern)

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Our first full day on the water got off to one impressive start! Dawn greeted an eager morning shift B-Watch, and we offered our salute by raising more sail and shaking out the reef in the mains’l, edging out another precious few knots. Our local whaling historian, Ger Tysk, was chuffed (after being rudely pulled out of her bunk) at the sighting of a pair of sperm whales around 1030. They were identified by the low, forward raked spout.

Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

The island of Gran Canary is off to port looking spectacular in the evening light.  “All Hands muster on the quarterdeck for General Quarters”,  “C Watch aft, B Watch mid ships”, A Watch forward.  Tend your dock lines, idle hands to fenders!” “Main engine - dead slow astern, take in line 4, take in dock lines 1 & 2, hold strain on that forward leading spring line, slowly… watch our bow swing, now slow ahead – main engine, helm one turn to port so we can kick out our stern and…. Helm, hard to starboard!”  And just like that our voyage from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria had begun.

Missy Velez, C-Watch

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hola, from Las Palmas!  I have the distinct honor of writing the first student blog for this Atlantic Crossing.  To get all our readers up to date, here’s what’s going on.  We arrived in Las Palmas yesterday at 1500, made our way through the city, and all met onboard our home (for the next almost 6 weeks) - the SSV Corwith Cramer.  We were organized into three Watch groups that include a mix of us students, an SEA scientist and mate, one of our scientific Voyagers, one maritime Voyager, and one sailing intern.

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies Faculty

The students have all safely arrived to the ship, and ship safety and orientation is underway! With the Corwith Cramer tied securely to a dock in the heart of Puerto de Luz, the opportunities for observations related to Maritime Studies themes are endless.  Facilities for the unloading and loading of container ships are busy with their work only a few hundred yards away while international, large-scale fishing boats are moored just north of us in one of the inner harbors of this extensive, highly trafficked port.

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