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SEA Currents: Historic Seaports of Western Europe


July 11, 2016

Reaching France

Megan OIson, C Watch, Miami University

Historic Seaports

Today has been a very eventful day! Us on C Watch (the best watch!) had the morning shift, and we had the chance to set and strike the top sail, a square sail that is raised Midships. Along with the normal duties, we learned many of the line names, as well as all of the sails. There are a lot of lines to remember, and soon we will hold a pin race, which is similar to a relay race. We will have to run to a certain line (different for each person), identify it, run to it and touch it, and return to our watch at the quarterdeck.


July 08, 2016

C-268 Gets Underway

Prof. Dan Brayton, Chief Historian and Environmental Studies Instructor

And we’re off! After a morning of emergency drills at the dock in Cork City, we met our pilot and headed down the River Lee with the diesel running at about a thousand rpms. Pilot John was a friendly veteran of many a run up and down Cork Harbor, which is actually an immense estuary dotted with villages, harbors, and specialized ports-a break bulk port, a container port, an old coal port, a naval base at Haulbowline Island, the yachting town of Crosshaven. St. Colmen’s Cathedral towered over the pretty town of Cobh in full neo-gothic splendor.


July 07, 2016

Cobh Heritage Center Field Trip

Prof. Dan Brayton, Chief Historian and Environmental Studies Instructor

Today we had a field trip to the Cobh Heritage Center, a small maritime museum housed in the historic depot in Cobh, formerly Queenstown (and before that known as the Cove of Cork). Fueled by fish and chips served at a local restaurant, we learned about Irish emigration to the Americas, the Potato Famine, criminal transportation to Australia, the Titanic (Queenstown was her final port of call), and the torpedoing of the Lusitania in 1915, then we hopped back on the train and returned to the Cramer for a stick-to-your-ribs supper.


July 07, 2016

C-268, Historic Seaports of Western Europe, Begins!

Elliot Rappaport, Captain

Hello! This is Captain Elliot Rappaport writing from Cork, Ireland, where it is a seasonable 60 degrees. Everyone is wearing their ski hats and adjusting to Irish summer, keeping warm while enjoying the long days that go with the high latitude.


July 06, 2016

C-268, Historic Seaports of Western Europe

Historic Seaports

The students of C-268, Historic Seaports of Western Europe, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Cork, Ireland by July 6th. After a brief shore component on board, they will get underway, arriving in Cádiz, Spain by August 4th, with port stops in Brest, France, and Lisbon, Portugal.


October 16, 2015

Yale Chronicles Summer Western European Voyage

SEA Semester

SEA Semester® in the News:
“Yale sophomore finds empowerment in her time at sea”
by Susan Gonzales, Yale News | Oct. 16, 2015

Summer has given way to autumn, but for Yale undergraduate Alexandra Leone ’18, memories of July and August sunsets, stars, and ocean winds are vivid reminders of an experience that felt to her like “a dream come true.”

Read the full story.


August 07, 2015

The Final Blog Post! Goodbye to our students!

Ed ("Eddie Riptide") Sweeney, 1st Assistant Scientist

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

With our journey to Cadiz, Spain complete we say goodbye to our dear students and release them back into the world, perhaps (and hopefully) a bit more experienced, and a bit more salty than when we received them in Cork, Ireland. We’ve sailed more than 1,500 nautical miles by the taffrail log! immersed in the lifestyle of the sailor, the scientist, the historian… the observer, the adventurer.


August 06, 2015

Our Concept Map

Isabella Martinez, A Watch, Brown University

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

Today was our last full day onboard the Corwith Cramer. And our last full day together in Spain. And the last thing any of us felt like doing was returning to the ship at 1630 instead of 2300 to present our final “school project” – a concept map. Our professor, Dan Brayton, had stressed the important of this poster/art project communicating a concept that linked what we had learned – about history, about the ship and how to sail – with our own lives.


August 05, 2015

About a Tree

John Kasparian, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

Looking for beaches in Cadiz, Spain, but instead we happened upon a tree.

Isabella, Jamie, Madison, Avery climbed the tree with me.

Like climbing aloft it was old and fun, the tree was pleased to have us five.


August 04, 2015

Reflections from a Deckhand

David Evans, Deckhand

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

Dear Shore & Co.:

This evening marks the end of our last full day at sea together. Sitting here in the library, the last month seems like the blink of an eye, but when I focus a bit more, I realize how full every day has been. Port arrivals and departures, cities to explore, science deployments, constant learning, supportive camaraderie, and plenty of filling meals along the way have kept every last one of us busy.


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