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February 23, 2020

An Ode to the Humble Dishwasher

Henry Wasserman, C Watch, Brandeis University


Howdy folks!

For those who don’t me, my name is Henry and I have never sailed before. Any previous experience I’ve had with sailboats or ships in general was very much limited to my neighbor’s pool, trying to sink their toy boats.

February 22, 2020

How do you Summarize a Life Time?

MJ (Maria Jose) Fernandez, B Watch, Teaching Fellow


Hello! My name is MJ Fernandez and I am the teaching fellow for C-290 and today I have been tasked with what I would consider trying to summarize a lifetime. The students often mention this, but on program especially when we are out sailing time becomes very abstract.

February 22, 2020

Finding Time to Rest and Reflect

Molly Ryan, The University of Vermont


I’m not going to lie, I was supposed to write this blog post yesterday, even the one for today has been written already. I am really out of touch with deadlines and real world timing, which I think is a good thing? Yesterday was Starboard watch group’s first day off since we started our Journey on the Corwith Cramer on Feb 10th.

February 20, 2020

Time for Port Stops! Woo!

Kaitlyn Sweeny, A Watch, University of Rhode Island


Hi everyone! I am happy to report that we are officially at anchor in Grenada! This past week has been incredible, filled with so many learning opportunities and challenges. The other blog entries certainly do life on the ship justice, we have all been able to come together to help each other with this transition, but it has also been an individual process.

February 19, 2020

We All Live in a White Brigantine

Fiona Thomas, C Watch, University of New England


Finally enjoying some downtime to sit down and write this blog to friends and family of all of us aboard Cramer! It feels like it’s been ages, but seconds at the same time since we all moved onto this big white brigantine (sung to the tune of “Yellow Submarine”), and although there has been quite the adjustment period and learning curve to get used to, I’m so grateful of every second I’ve gotten to spend on this ship learning and doing what makes me happiest with some amazing people.

February 18, 2020

A giant, goofy family

Courtney Boucher, A-watch, Sewanee, The University of the South


Although my name is Courtney, I now respond to “Beans” and “Beenzie” too. There’s a long story as to why, but it is one of the many examples of how the Cramer has made everyone act as a giant, goofy family. While other blogs have talked about the ins and outs of watch, meals, and bunks, I want to talk about the entertainment, in both its goofy and familial forms.

February 17, 2020

Ship, Shipmates, Self.

Savier Morales, B Watch, College of The Atlantic


The other day when I came up after a day nap I nodded first to whoever was on helm, (one of my friends) looked at the state of the ocean, how big were the waves, what directions, what color blue did they reveal, then looked towards the sky where the sun was and if a squall was sneaking up on us, and finally I looked for any islands in the distance, there was nothing.

February 16, 2020

Mentally: ready for action, Physically: less so

Will Robinson, University of Connecticut, Avery Point


Every day on the Cramer is absolutely jam packed with jobs and activities. It is kinda the opposite of being in Woods Hole in that my brain is awake and super eager to take in information but my body says “hey maybe some sleep would be good sometime soon.”

February 15, 2020

It has been 36 hours since I last fed the fish

Anna Capitano, B watch, College of the Atlantic


It has been 36 hours since I last fed the fishes! Yay!! I would like to thank MJ, our amazing medical officer, new seasickness meds, and the calmer Caribbean seas. (If the northeast trades were on Yelp I would personally give them a bad review to anyone prone to motion sickness).

February 14, 2020

Hope a Janthinidae Hugs you Today!

James Parker, A Watch


Our crew awoke this morning to find Valentine’s wishes from the mouths of their favorite zooplankton, transcribed and delivered by last night’s A Watch science team. Notes which had been scribbled in the downtime found in a busy watch filled with data processing, galley cleanup, and midnight deployments.

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