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Current position of the SSV Corwith Cramer. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the layer tools, top right, to change the map style or to view data layers. Dates and times use GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

March 29, 2019

Off for the high seas!

Kerry Whittaker, Chief Scientist


Students, voyagers, and crew of C-285 happily don immersion suits during today's ship safety orientation.

Ship's Log

Current Position
Docked outside of Key West, FL

Course & Speed

Sail Plan

Balmy with Easterly winds at 10 knots and scattered cumulous clouds.

Souls on board

C-285 students are all aboard and ready to depart for the high seas!  The full ship's company have spent the past day and a half preparing for the voyage, orienting themselves to safety, lab operations, sailing, and life aboard their new 134-ft drifting home away from home.  We'll set sail tomorrow on our voyage through the Sargasso Sea from Key West, FL, to Bermuda, to New York City. 

Over the past three weeks on shore in Woods Hole, students have designed research projects to examine the unique biodiversity of the North Atlantic gyre, the ocean's mesopelagic, and floating Sargassum habitat; these projects explore biological diversity on a variety of scales, from morphological to molecular, communities to populations.  Students have simultaneously investigated issues related to conservation and policy on the high seas, with particular focus on the Sargasso Sea and mesopelagic (100-1000m, also known as the 'twilight zone').

On shore, and during port stops, students will interact with guest speakers and stakeholders as they explore the methods and challenges of biodiversity research and conservation in remote ocean environments.  Following our sail, the MBC program will culminate in a final Symposium, convening experts in the fields of marine science, policy, and conservation to discuss the role of 'ocean literacy' as a precursor to the conservation of marine biodiversity in remote regions. 

For now, we turn our focus to the ship, the SSV Corwith Cramer, our platform for learning, oceanography, sailing, and living for the next five weeks as we sail into the remote ocean region of the Sargasso Sea!  Please follow along with us on our journey!

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c285  safety at sea • (3) Comments
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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 Jonathan Kwiat on April 02, 2019

Hello Abby Kwiat (student) and crew.

It is your 4th day away from Key West. I just found the log site and am pleased to see that you are making progress and past Bahamas quickly. Stay safe. Learn as much as possible.WE MISS YOU, as expected. Lord Bless!  Jonathan Kwiat Madison CT

#2. Posted by Chrissy Kwiat on April 04, 2019

Hello Abby and crew.  You all look stunning in your wet suits! Hope you are gathering great research for future generations and our great oceans.  We miss you lots ABBY!  Hugs and Kisses, MOM

#3. Posted by Shahbaz on April 07, 2019

Hello Abby. I have been following your journey on this website. I hope that your adventure is treating you well. I cannot wait to hear about it when it will be your turn to post on the blog.

I miss you more than you know. Stay safe!
Muhammad Shahbaz



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