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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

February 19, 2015

C257 Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean begins!!!!

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies Faculty

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Captain Sean Bercaw addresses the C257 crew.

Ship's Log

Alongside the dock in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Souls on Board

The students have all safely arrived onboard, and general ship orientation and safety instruction is well underway!  After a brief welcome by our captain Sean Bercaw and an explanation of the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) status of the Corwith Cramer, students were introduced to the professional crew and organized into their respective A, B, and C Watch groups. And so begins their acclimation to the culture, customs, and language onboard a scientific, sailing vessel that will continue for the next six weeks! 

With the Corwith Cramer tied securely to a dock in the heart of Puerto de San Juan, the opportunities for observations related to Maritime Studies themes are endless. 

Many of our students have been on Puerto Rico for a few days now, and they are already excitedly sharing accounts of their explorations with the ship's professional crew and our scientific observer Randall Richardson from the island of Anguilla. For instance, while we are currently in the heart of a very built-up and marine-oriented commercial nexus for Puerto Rico, just a few short blocks away, many of us have visited some of the sites in Old San Juan.  Here, contemporary restaurants and high-end retail establishments catering to the island's visitors are woven into the 16th Century buildings of this walled city that was a transshipment point for Spanish galleons returning to the Iberian Peninsula loaded with precious metals and other valuable goods. There is a remarkable and thought-provoking mix of old and new.

I, for one, eagerly anticipate the discussions, both formally in class and informally over meals and in off-watch hours, of the students' general impressions and thoughtful analyses of all of the different facets of this Caribbean island.

Looking ahead, we have a morning of exploration planned with a faculty-organized tour of historic sites in Old San Juan.  I am confident that many exciting details from this outing will be presented in a subsequent blog entry.



Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Felicia Hall on February 22, 2015

How exciting and interesting.  How many in a group are on watch at one time?  Is there professional “watch” as well? 

Glad to know there is faculty led history and tour of old San Juan, and presumably other islands as well.  Tell us about the science, too.

We look forward ti sharing your wonderful experiences through the blog.

#2. Posted by Ger Tysk on February 23, 2015

Have a GREAT time!!!!!!
Much love to everyone smile

#3. Posted by Becky Harrelson on March 02, 2015

This Blog is a great way for parents to stay abreast of what their students are doing. We can follow their voyage and become ‘slightly acquainted’  with their crewmates.  Thank you all for allowing us to read about your experiences and share your feelings.  Kat ... Alana misses you terribly.  I am not saying I do…..but she does.  Woof!


#4. Posted by Tess Hooper on March 02, 2015

Craig!! So great to read your blog post, I can hear you voice speaking it. I hope you all are having a great trip so far. I wish I was there with you, Sarah, and Jeff! Hopefully next time smile
Miss you guys,



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