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October 27, 2019

Youth and the Sea

Colin Graham, 2nd Mate, Bosun

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Day 17: this is one of my favorite points during the trip. Behind us are the days in the beginning of the voyage where the students, wide-eyed and perhaps a bit overwhelmed by their immersion in a new and totally alien environment, careen from helm to lookout to lab as they try to learn the language of the ship, how to steer a course and plot a position, and how to count copepods through a microscope while timing the roll of the ship.


October 25, 2019

Phase Change!

Alicia Pane, B Watch, Middlebury 2023.5

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Life on a tall ship is very different from life on land. Everything is always moving, you sleep at the weirdest times, and six meals a day is totally normal. However, at just over two weeks in, the Cramer feels like a home and all these eccentricities feel as though it is just how life is meant to be.


October 24, 2019

Two Weeks in

Izac Raker, A watch

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Hello friends, family and anyone else who is reading this blog.

Today marks two weeks in to the sea component. It is amazing how quickly it has gone by. We have been having an amazing time here on board the Corwith Cramer.

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October 23, 2019

Loving Life at SEA

Frederik Hoffmann, C Watch

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These past couple of days has shown all of the Ship’s company exactly what the ocean has to offer. From a storm that forced us into hiding and made Cap stay up all night (poor guy) to the beautiful deep blue waters of the North Atlantic.


October 22, 2019

A Super Science Station Morning

Sarah Acker-Krzywicki, A Watch

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As I rose from my nest (aka my bunk) this morning, the smell of warm zesty muffins wafted my way. I climbed up the ladder to lab approximately 30 minutes after breakfast to begin morning watch from 0700-1300. After turnover, the A watch lab crew for the day (Jordan 2nd scientist, Riley sailing intern, and I) realized we had a nice busy day ahead of us.

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October 21, 2019

The sea the sea the sea! It rolls and rolls and calls to me

Weronika Konwent, B Watch

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A ship on the ocean distills the idea of movement. It’s the underlying force. We pitch and yaw and roll, and learn that walking in socked feet will end in sliding. It’s all about finding the balance between bracing and moving to the ocean’s rhythm.

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October 20, 2019

Living in Community

Jenna Lilly, C Watch

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If you’ve read any previous blogs, you may have learned or seen that life on a ship is fairly different from life on land. Our physical location, being on the open ocean on a sailing ship, is only one defining factor of our experience.

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October 19, 2019

Learning for the Sake of Learning

Nick Hoffmann, B Watch

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Daily life aboard our new home is filled with not only fun and adventure but also knowledge and experiences that we will never forget. It’s really easy not to notice how much we are actually learning because of how exciting everything is.


October 18, 2019

Under Way

Ollie Downes, A-Watch

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Today is special. It’s my 17th birthday! I was “lucky” enough to have the late night watch, which meant I was awake when the clocked struck twelve. My pals rushed me over to lab the minute it was past twelve to show off a new zooplankton they found, but all I found as I opened the curtain to a dimly lit laboratory was not a rare new breed of zooplankton.


October 17, 2019

A gale during dawn watch: A harrowing adventure

Riley Palmer, A-Watch

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I heard the tell-tale rustling outside of my curtain and the faint whisper signifying the start of my watch. I could already feel the cold permeating below decks as I quickly dressed in my many layers and foulies before heading upstairs to the dog house to read the night orders.


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