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The Fellowship Awakens
By Tim Pratt
St. John’s College News
St. John’s College student Mary Christman was on watch when the Skellig Islands appeared through the haze off the coast of Ireland.
The sight of the rocky islands, made famous in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” was celebrated by Christman and her fellow sailors on board the SSV Corwith Cramer.
Established in the fall of 2013, the Pathways Fellowships Program was created to enable St. John’s students to transition into graduate study or careers that call for special or prerequisite courses. Global Pathways Fellowships are available to Santa Fe campus students for summer study abroad; general Pathways Fellowships are available to Annapolis and Santa Fe students for summer study or attendance at professional conferences in the United States.
Christman applied for the Global Pathways Fellowship last school year as a junior on the college’s Santa Fe campus.
After an essay and an interview, Christman learned she was accepted into the SEA Semester study abroad program. She would be participating in a trans-Atlantic crossing. The goal was to conduct environmental research, collecting and analyzing data along the way.
The prospect of crossing the Atlantic was a bit nerve racking, Christman says, as she didn’t have much sailing experience.
“I went in knowing basically nothing,” she says.
They had just spent nearly four weeks crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
“We all called ‘Land ho!’,” Christman says with a smile.
Christman was on board the 134-foot SSV Corwith Cramer as a result of a Global Pathways Fellowship.
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SEA Semester in the News
Sailing the high seas for adventure and research
McDaniel College News
Before heading to Woods Hole, Mass., and boarding the tall ship he would help sail to Ireland, Ian Kasaitis ’18 had never been farther from his Maryland home than New Jersey.
But the lore of adventure coupled with encouragement from Biology professor Katie Staab fueled his application to SEA (Sea Education Association) Semester and what would be a life-changing experience.
“I had never been on an airplane let alone a ship in the Atlantic,” says the junior Biology major from Crofton, Md. “I wanted an adventure and to get off land and to do research.”
Last month, 15 intrepid SEA Semester students sailed across the North Atlantic aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. They departed Woods Hole on June 3, and arrived in Cork, Ireland on June 30. SEA Faculty Captain Chris Nolan captured the 27-day voyage on video, and produced a short documentary. We invite you to share the adventures of SEA Semester class C-267…
Hello C-267 friends and family - we have safely arrived in Cork, Ireland.
Yesterday we approached the coast and anchored in Cobh, just southeast of Cork. While anchored our ship’s company cleaned the Corwith Cramer to make her more presentable for arrival to our final destination.
The fortunate ones challenge themselves and push their boundaries. They attempt to enrich their life experience by stepping out of their comfort zones to see what lies on the other side of difficult. The challenging bits are different for each person and the rewards vary as much as this ragtag group of voyagers. Each of us on board are here for different reasons and seek different goals and we should not forget what drew us all here - to this ship, to this lifestyle, and to this voyage.
Hello friends and family near and far,
Many of you will be ecstatic to know that, for the first time in three weeks, we have finally seen land! Everyone came up on deck this morning to a surprising view of islands (including Skellig Michael, which was featured in the latest Star Wars movie!) located off of the southwest coast of Ireland, which we were able to tour from afar.
Today during class time we had a poster session which gave everyone the opportunity to learn more about the projects the students have been working on this entire trip. Posters were set up around the deck and the rest of the crew rotated through to hear a short overview about scientific findings and leadership styles. We learned about water masses, phytoplankton, microplastics and myctophids, along with leaders including Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, Genghis Kahn and Grace O’Malley.
This is Saturday’s blog, but I’m writing it on Dawn Watch on Sunday morning. Time can be a tricky thing at sea! We’ve been seeing signs indicating our approach to land lately, and in the lab this morning I’ve noticed that we’ve reached a new ‘landmark‘: sailing onto the Irish Shelf! Our CHIRP bottom profiler has been tracking the seafloor thoughout our transatlantic voyage, and we’ve gone from 4,000m to 1,000m over the past 5 hours!
Worried Parents and Avid Sailors Alike,
We are just 475 nm from the rocky coast of Ireland, and the climax is beginning to build! Many of the students have now made peace with the commotion of the ocean, and all eyes are set towards the ending of our miraculous journey.
Although more recent blog posts all seem to commonly mention Phase III: JWO/JLO, it rightfully deserves this attention. This responsibility tests all of our learning over the past 2+ weeks. From sail handling to hourly responsibilities on deck and in lab, we are the ones that have to make it all happen. The SSV Corwith Cramer usually conducts sampling for science twice a day, weather permitting.