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December 05, 2017

Wandering the Cays

Timesha Vaughn, A watch, St. George’s University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

This past week has been an exciting one aboard the Corwith Cramer! We anchored off of Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines on a beautiful day. The sky was clear and the seas calmer compared to the rough conditions we experienced a few days before. We soon got to come on shore and went about the town peeking into stores and wandering the island. A few of us hiked Fort Hill and were rewarded with spectacular views of the bay and some small islands around Union Island’s southern end.


December 03, 2017

Aloft in the Tobago Cays

Tom Haller, C-watch, Colorado College

Caribbean Reef Expedition

While at sea, it is tough to find time to do schoolwork, relax, or even sleep; oddly enough it seems as though all 33 aboard, including the seasoned mariners, find plenty of time to slip deep into thought while staring out into the vast expanse of the ocean. Whether it is taking a break from lab work for “sunset appreciation time”, taking a moment to experience the plethora of stars which appear after the moon dips below the horizon, or, for some, desperately trying to not be sea sick, when you walk around deck you can see the gears turning in peoples’ heads.


December 01, 2017

Our Huge World

Alex Ahlquist, B-Watch, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Man, the world is big! I’m on the Corwith Cramer right now in port at Union Island in the Tobago Cays, and it sure is beautiful here. It sure did take a lot of work though! Life as part of a crew on a boat is pretty difficult.

Each day is work and sleep in a never-ending cycle, and I have a feeling these next 22 days are either going to fly by, or be incredibly long. It sure is a different state of being going to sleep one day, and waking up on that same day, and then having even more work to do, but it’s a lot of fun!


November 30, 2017

The Great Blue Yonder

Tiffany Wu , B Watch, Cornell University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Less than a week has gone by since we first set foot on the ship, but as we glide (and roll and tumble) through the Caribbean, it sometimes already feels like multiple lifetimes. Time works differently at sea, especially when you’re on the Cramer, where our days are divided into 6-hour watch intervals as we assist with tasks like sail handling and steering or processing oceanographic data in our small but highly functional lab.


November 29, 2017

Well Underway!

Liz Thompson, Rowan University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Hello all yee blog readers!  We have officially crossed over into the Atlantic and let me tell you, it was quite significant.  So far our crew has done amazing work on learning to set sails, plot positions, deploy all the science equipment, practice rescue mission protocols and even learn to cook glorious meals for a ton of hungry hungry sailors.


November 28, 2017

Caribbean Reef Expedition: Week 7 Ashore

SEA Semester

Cami Mirow from Mt. Holyoke College describes her week ashore in Grenada before boarding SSV Corwith Cramer.


November 28, 2017

Sea legs

Chris Nolan, Captain

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Well, our first 24 hours has gone quite well since leaving Grenada. So far we have conducted two science stations and sampled with our hydrocast, meter net and neuston nets. Additionally, we have used flow through sensors to get readings on all kinds of water properties as we sail northwest of Grenada.


November 27, 2017

Meet Keiley James, Sailors for the Sea’s New Onboard Reporter!

Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu

SEA Semester

Sailors for the Sea’s Onboard Reporter Program, a special partnership between Sailors for the Sea and Sea Education Association, continues this fall with a new Onboard Reporter, Keiley James.

Each term, one SEA Semester student is chosen as Sailors for Sea’s “Onboard Reporter,” and receives a $1,500 award from Sailors for the Sea.

Keiley is a student at the University of Georgia, and is currently in Grenada preparing to sail with aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer as a member of C-276, Caribbean Reef Expedition. In addition to her SEA Semester studies and duties, Keiley’s job will be to raise awareness about the health of the ocean through blogging, storytelling, social media posts, and photography .

Here’s her first report.

Please join us in following Keiley’s voyage, and her reports!


November 27, 2017

See ya later Grenada

Zoya Buckmire, St. George's University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

So there I was. 200m from shore attempting to tread where I definitely could not stand. Our group of 21 was off Grand Anse Beach conducting our first real reef survey, and needless to say, I was a little out of my depth (pun intended). I didn’t have much deep-water snorkeling experience and I certainly wasn’t prepared for what we were doing that day.


November 26, 2017

All aboard for Caribbean Reef Expedition

Chris Nolan, Captain

Caribbean Reef Expedition

The students of C-276 Caribbean Reef Expedition have all arrived aboard SSV Corwith Cramer and we are currently conducting rounds of training and familiarization with the ship, including how to go aloft safely, how to use the scientific equipment, and how to live and work on a 134’ tall ship.


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