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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

Erik Zettler, Chief Scientist, Professor of Oceanography, Associate Dean Institutional Relations

C-256a Colleague Cruise

We sailed into San Juan harbor last night just around sunset past the impressive fortifications of El Morro, the 400 year old fort sometimes referred to as the Gibraltar of the Caribbean, and dropped anchor for our final evening aboard. With the boat at anchor we shared an all-hands supper, a “swizzle” gathering to celebrate our safe passage, and there was time for quiet discussion or relaxation on a stable deck! Many participants were up on deck early this morning sitting quietly with cups of tea and coffee.

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January 04, 2015

A navigation adventure

Dr. John Huth, Prof. Physics, Harvard University

C-256a Colleague Cruise

Read a blog post by Dr. John Huth, Prof. Physics, Harvard University, summarizing his experience and navigation efforts underway.

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January 03, 2015


Kim Stapleton Smith | Siobhan Fennesy, Program Coordinator, CGE at Kenyon College | Prof. of Biology and Environmental Studies, Kenyon College

C-256a Colleague Cruise

Saturday—2nd day on the SSV Corwith Cramer, preparing to get underway

OK—Our first day dockside on the Cramer allowed us to meet our “cruising colleagues”, the crew, become familiar with the layout of the ship and (we hoped) develop our sea legs, and get a taste of Steward Nina’s and Assistant Steward Jenny’s fabulous cooking.

Now, on our second morning, divided into our Watch Teams, we were about to perform the safety drills that we learned about on Day 1. Only then could we get underway and start our voyage to Puerto Rico.

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Daniel Diaz, Assistant Director of Study Abroad, Guilford College

C256a Colleague Cruise

Colleague Cruise Day of Arrival – we had come from all over, Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, and more to start the year of 2015 off with a Colleague Cruise.  Some of us had experience with sailing, some had not. Yet as we walked up to the Corwith Cramer, everyone was excited by the beauty of the ship, and more so, the adventure she had waiting for us!

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December 23, 2014

A Note From the Aft Cabin

Sean S. Bercaw, Captain

The Wx (weather) is beautiful, but the ship is quiet with the students departed, as C-256 has officially ended. It was an epic voyage and truly impressive in the annals of SEA – many, many miles sailed with few engine hours.  But what was even more impressive was the community that developed aboard. Bringing both Maritime Studies and Scientific voyagers aboard to augment the students worked out delightfully well, adding a depth to their SEA experience.

December 23, 2014

Successful Conclusion of C-256

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Happy to report the successful conclusion of C256 - Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean. 

The Cramer and her crew are securely tied up alongside the pier in Gallows Bay, Christiansted, St Croix, USVIs. 

The students have made their way to the airport and will soon be recounting their tales of adventure on the high seas, to family and friends!

December 22, 2014

C-256 Swizzle

Matt Hirsch, First Assistant Scientist

The academic portion of C256 is all wrapped up, which might lead you to believe that we are all taking it easy on the Cramer, but the ship is still bustling with activity. This morning, while at anchor in Francis Bay in the beautiful national park of St. John, USVI, the entire ship’s company did our most thorough cleaning of the ship yet. It started out with an activity called bunk love, in which all of the off-going crew packs away their souvenirs, foul weather gear, and foul smelling clothes to empty and clean their bunks.

December 22, 2014

C-256 Class Representative

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist


Just a note that Sarah (Winnie) Davis has been unanimously elected as C256 Class Representative. Winnie eagerly volunteered and was quickly supported by all her shipmates.  She is the class rep for her high school and has already jumped front and center to her task.

December 21, 2014

Findings and Francis Bay

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies

As the C256 voyage draws to a close, so too does the academic work. This morning, students presented their “Change Paper” on-site research findings to the ship’s company. With so many things to share about their island explorations, the students easily filled the allotted 4-hour time slot with details relating to their projects focused on everything from language and religion to the conservation of marine resources and island land use.

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

There is a time and a place for everything – and at 0650 this morning the wisdom of these words is slowly dawning upon me.  Today I am tasked with the daily blog for cruise C256 – and the bar has been set very high these past many weeks.  Dear readers, I do not want to disappoint, but I must admit as I type these words I am a reluctant author.  As we approach the final days of our voyage it is only natural to look back upon all that we have accomplished, to reflect upon what we have learned, and to imagine what we are now capable of achieving with the wealth of accumulated experience and wisdom shared on this voyage.

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