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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

October 11, 2020

Welcome Aboard!!

Sean Bercaw, Captain, Visiting Assistant Professor of Nautical Science


C-294 students enjoy their first meal onboard the SSV Corwith Cramer.

Ship's Log

Current Location
41° 31’ N x 070° 40’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Alongside Dyers Dock, Woods Hole, MA

Sunny with a fair bit o’ wind.

Souls on board

This afternoon, faculty and crew welcomed 24 new students to the SSV Corwith Cramer, their new home for the next six weeks.

It’s been an exciting first day onboard, and a typical fall day in Woods Hole, MA, with bright sunny skies and a brisk breeze blowing (and we mean blowing!!) in from the sea. 

After brief introductions, students were assigned to their watch groups and learned from their mate and assistant scientist about general routines, customs, and particular terminology onboard the Cramer.  Following a delicious dinner of make-your-own couscous bowls (so many toppings to choose from!) students continued their evening with a series of safety trainings for the galley, engine room, and lab; and all learned how to properly conduct a boat check – a tour of ship spaces making sure all is safe and sound. 

A full night’s rest for the students because tomorrow we cast off the dock lines and head out to sea! 

- Captain Sean Bercaw

Editor's Note: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, all SEA Semester students, faculty, and crew aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer boarded the ship after strictly isolating on our Woods Hole campus for a minimum of two weeks, and after repeated negative tests for COVID-19. To ensure the health and safety of those onboard, the ship will not conduct any port stops and will remain in coastal waters so that any unlikely medical situations may be resolved quickly.

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#1. Posted by Mary Iris on October 11, 2020

Congrats!! How exciting smile

#2. Posted by Isabella on October 11, 2020

what a great post! have fun, sailors!

#3. Posted by Annamaria Fato on October 12, 2020

Great picture and SSV Corwith Cramer Team!! So wonderful to see such bright and passionate young minds together! This will be an unforgettable experience for each of you and I am certain lifelong friendships will be formed! I am tracking the ship every day from my home in Zurich, Switzerland. Keep curious, happy, healthy and safe!  Love, Zia Anna (Lucia’s aunt, Zia is “Aunt” in Italian)

#4. Posted by Leslie Reeves on October 12, 2020

Right there with you all in spirit as you embark on this defining trip. Will be excitedly reading any and all updates.
Great photo! But Harrison, throw mama a bone here and TURN AROUND grin

#5. Posted by Nina Rhodes on October 12, 2020

Good to see all is well.  Hope you all have a wonderful and informational safe trip.  Love to Lexi.

#6. Posted by Renee on October 12, 2020

Love this! One of the first pictures for Aileen’s SEA scrapbook that mom will work on! So excited for everyone on board.

#7. Posted by Isabella on October 12, 2020

@Mary Iris how do you know logan

#8. Posted by Curtis Himstedt on October 12, 2020

Enjoy the journey. You are about to have an amazing experience.

#9. Posted by Linda Ayer on October 13, 2020

So excited for all of you! Will be following every step of the way!!

#10. Posted by Maureen McDonald on October 14, 2020

My love to Aileen, and a wonderful exciting trip. I was thrilled to see the picture of all of the students.
love to all. Safe sailing. Love nana



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