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SEA Currents: Atlantic Odyssey


October 27, 2020

Star light, star bright, the Corwith Cramer sails at night

Claire Gabel, C Watch, Mount Holyoke College

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As anyone on this ship could tell you, time passes in a peculiar way aboard the Corwith Cramer. Perhaps it is because of our rotating watch schedule of 6 hours on and 12 hours off, but by nightfall, that morning’s sunrise always feels like days away.


October 26, 2020

The Gales Blew Through

Campbell Uyeki, B Watch, Rice University

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As I’m sitting here in the library typing this up, Megan and I can see the waves crashing over the port hole. The waves today have been so intense that they’ve been crashing over the deck, and quite a few unlucky individuals have been soaked, including Raechel, Becca and Ethan. It has been quite a watch.


October 25, 2020

The Gulf Stream and Mini-boats

Sean S. Bercaw, Captain

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Gulf Stream ho!!

Last evening we sailed into the Gulf Stream and entered a current flowing briskly to the East at better than 3-knots.


October 24, 2020

A “Swell” Weekend with Friends

Sara Tennant, B Watch, Northeastern University

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As fun as life on the Corwith Cramer is, it’s definitely an adjustment compared to life on shore.  Of course, in the distant time of about three weeks ago, we were given plenty of advice for living at sea: Bring warm, waterproof clothes.


October 23, 2020

Grateful to be Sailing

Emily Dailey, Third Scientist

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The last two weeks on the Corwith Cramer have been a whirlwind. For the first time in many months, we have students! In some ways, this feels foreign; the last six months aboard have consisted of professional crew transits, weird transitory maintenance periods, and a full haul-out shipyard period. So while the Corwith Cramer has never been empty, she hasn’t felt like the sailing school vessel that she is.


October 22, 2020

Engineering Spotlight

Raechel Zeller, B watch, Middlebury College

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Last night as B watch sailed to 1 am through a thick and very damp fog, another member of the crew was up with us-flitting around corners and in and out of the engine room like the ghost of late-night boat checks.


October 21, 2020

Into the Fog

Yoela Zimberoff, C-Watch, Reed College

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The last 24 hours have imbued our lungs with fog, transcending our existence to an alternate dimension that exists outside of time and space. With waves that melt into hazy sky a few feet away, we could be anywhere.


October 20, 2020

A Whaley Good Day

Lucia Snyderman, A Watch

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Today was my favorite day so far on the SSV Corwith Cramer! I was woken up at 5:30 to start my day as steward. I cooked and baked a lot of yummy things (with help from Adam and Katey).


October 19, 2020

From Boot Watch, to Buff Watch, to Best Watch…

Megan Deevy, B Watch

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Life on the Corwith Cramer is unlike a life I have ever lived before. It is an adventure every day, with something new being thrown at us hour by hour, and we have only been here for 10 days. A big part of being on this boat is the watch rotations, because that is what our lives revolve around. B watch’s first full watch was dawn watch (01:00-0:700).


October 17, 2020

Music, Oh how we missed you

Harrison Reeves, C watch, Purdue University gap year student

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Everyone is starting to get more and more comfortable aboard the Cramer.  Watch routines are starting to feel normal, which has everyone feeling less stressed.  Last night we had a gale pass through with some rough winds and heavy rain.  Dawn watch had to deal with most of the effects.  After the gale moved through the sky cleared up and led to a beautiful day.  Today was also our first Field Day!!


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