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December 23, 2017

End of Caribbean Reef Expedition C-276

Chris Nolan, Captain

Caribbean Reef Expedition

The crew of the Corwith Cramer has arrived in San Juan to mark the end of SEA Semester’s first Caribbean Reef Expedition program.  All hands had a great time snorkeling and sailing in the waters of Grenada, St. Vincent, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, and the USA. 


December 22, 2017

Bitter Sweet

Gretchen Beehler, C-watch, Purdue University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

We have spent the last couple of days sailing our way to Puerto Rico. Last night was our last dawn watch for C-watch and the last watch we will ever have on this boat L. Dawn watch is always difficult but we kept ourselves awake with puppy chow and just making each other laugh. After six hours of making up songs and just being loopy, all our dreams came true when at 0640 a bunch of dolphins came to play in our ship’s wake!


December 21, 2017

Styrocast

Ryan Betters, C Watch, Grinnell College

Caribbean Reef Expedition

“Wire ready!” I shout as I stand by the hydrowinch and prepare to lower two pantyhose stuffed with decorated Styrofoam cups into the ocean. It may not sound like it, but our last science deployment of the voyage is quite an emotional event. Students and crew alike spent the last day adorning their own cups with depictions of various sea creatures, coral reefs, beautiful Caribbean sunsets, and treasured memories from our journey


December 19, 2017

Adventures in Barbuda

Camila Mirow, Mount Holyoke College

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Aboard the Corwith Cramer travelling by sea, her lovely crew and I have seen Grenada, Tobago Cays, Canouan, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda. This past month has been filled with countless adventures and breathtaking moments too profound to ever forget. The feeling of sailing in the dark on a moonless night is amazing.


December 18, 2017

Caribbean Reef Expedition: Week 9 (At sea, Montserrat)

SEA Semester

Halley Steinmetz, from UMass-Amherst, describes snorkeling the reefs around Montserrat and a tour of the volcano, as part of Caribbean Reef Expedition.


December 17, 2017

Greetings from the Galley

Anna Wietelmann, Assistant Steward

Caribbean Reef Expedition

I have always enjoyed cooking food, especially for other people, but have never fancied myself an especially good “cook” or have had dreams of cooking professionally.

Yet, since November 18th I have spent the majority of my time in the galley, the Cramer’s kitchen, working as the assistant steward (cook). My job is to help the steward, Grady, with preparing the six meals a day we eat on board: breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and midnight snack.


December 16, 2017

Barbudaful

Steph Gorney, A Watch, Northeastern University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Beside the Corwith Cramer, Barbuda stretches out- low-lying and tranquil, encompassing half the horizon. The water is the kind of clear aqua blue that you would expect to find on a brochure advertising some type of dream getaway; and the sun warms my skin as I lean into a wind that hasn’t seen humans since it left the Sahara Desert to blow across the Atlantic.


December 15, 2017

The Beginning of the End

Tom Haller, C-Watch, Colorado College

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Two nights ago we took the ship from Montserrat to Antigua. While on the way, my watch (C-watch) drew the 1900-0100 watch. The schedule designated me to deck crew and my first two hours of watch were spent on bow watch all by my lonesome looking for ships and other dangers ahead. When I quickly learned that there were no dangers to the ship, my eyes wandered to the sky where above me lay what seemed to be billions of stars.

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December 14, 2017

Deep Blue

Keiley James, B Watch, University of Georgia

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Hello from Antigua!

We arrived here early this morning, around 0800, after one day’s sail from Montserrat. As we steered into this bay, four ridiculously huge cruise ships pulled in as well, making our 134ft tall-ship look like a toy boat. While we waited for Captian Chris to clear us into customs, we watched these gargantuan boats pass us by, each carrying thousands of people.


December 13, 2017

One step closer to Capt. Jack Sparrow

Hannah King, B Watch, Connecticut College

Caribbean Reef Expedition

We left Montserrat this morning after a few days of meetings, an adventurous hike, and a quick tour of Soufriere Hills and the active volcano. Right now we are headed north to Antigua, with just a few watch rotations and a couple of scientific deployments, we will be there soon to pick up another shipmate and head to Barbuda. This voyage has been nothing short of exciting, humbling, adventurous, academic, and all-consuming in every aspect.


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