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SEA Currents: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

November 18, 2014

Best wishes from a SEA Semester alum

Katie George, SEA Semester alumna, c-243

SSV Corwith Cramer at dock

Dear Students,

You are about to embark on one of those crazy once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. But you know that. What you don’t know is that this experience will enthrall and exhaust you. There will be conflict and head-butting; this happens when you put people so close together. There will also be bonds forged that last years - maybe a full lifetime although I can’t say that yet as I’m still living.

November 17, 2014

Greetings Wildlife Enthusiasts

Farley Miller, Able Bodied Ships' Carpenter (Sailing Intern)

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Our first full day on the water got off to one impressive start! Dawn greeted an eager morning shift B-Watch, and we offered our salute by raising more sail and shaking out the reef in the mains’l, edging out another precious few knots. Our local whaling historian, Ger Tysk, was chuffed (after being rudely pulled out of her bunk) at the sighting of a pair of sperm whales around 1030. They were identified by the low, forward raked spout.

November 16, 2014

The long awaited trans-Atlantic voyage begins

Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

The island of Gran Canary is off to port looking spectacular in the evening light.  “All Hands muster on the quarterdeck for General Quarters”,  “C Watch aft, B Watch mid ships”, A Watch forward.  Tend your dock lines, idle hands to fenders!” “Main engine - dead slow astern, take in line 4, take in dock lines 1 & 2, hold strain on that forward leading spring line, slowly… watch our bow swing, now slow ahead – main engine, helm one turn to port so we can kick out our stern and…. Helm, hard to starboard!”  And just like that our voyage from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria had begun.

November 15, 2014

The First Night, Field Trips & More

Missy Velez, C-Watch

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hola, from Las Palmas!  I have the distinct honor of writing the first student blog for this Atlantic Crossing.  To get all our readers up to date, here’s what’s going on.  We arrived in Las Palmas yesterday at 1500, made our way through the city, and all met onboard our home (for the next almost 6 weeks) - the SSV Corwith Cramer.  We were organized into three Watch groups that include a mix of us students, an SEA scientist and mate, one of our scientific Voyagers, one maritime Voyager, and one sailing intern.

November 14, 2014

C256 Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean Begins

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies Faculty

The students have all safely arrived to the ship, and ship safety and orientation is underway! With the Corwith Cramer tied securely to a dock in the heart of Puerto de Luz, the opportunities for observations related to Maritime Studies themes are endless.  Facilities for the unloading and loading of container ships are busy with their work only a few hundred yards away while international, large-scale fishing boats are moored just north of us in one of the inner harbors of this extensive, highly trafficked port.

November 13, 2014

C-256: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean


The students of C-256, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer by Friday, November 14th. They will end their voyage around December 23rd in St. Croix.

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