SEA Currents: News
Sea Education Association will host a public lecture, “Maintaining a Tall Ship: an in-depth look at the SSV Corwith Cramer’s Major Maintenance Project,” on Tuesday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m. PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY AND TIME FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT. Capt. Jen Haddock, SEA Marine Operations Coordinator will deliver the lecture. The lecture will be held at the James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Association, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
We are holding a NYC-area SEA community open ship on the Corwith Cramer!
When: Monday, May 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Where: SUNY Maritime, Olivet Pier
You and your guests must RSVP with SUNY Maritime to attend the open ship.
SEA Semester in the News
Two Ships Pass
Popping Rocks (WHOI Blog)
By Adam Soule
Traveling to beautiful ports-of-call is one of the benefits of conducting scientific research in the deep sea. The port of call for the Popping Rocks 2 cruise was St. George’s, Bermuda, an idyllic tropical oceanside town, but there was a sight waiting for us that made it feel more like home. In addition to the brightly-colored homes and businesses, we found the familiar shape of the Corwith Cramer, a two-masted schooner that about 20 college undergraduates call home for a semester-long experience learning about sailing and oceanography, tied to the same wharf as R/V Atlantis.
Welcome to Pacific Reef Expedition (PRX) - cruise S280 onboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans!
Today we welcomed onboard our new shipmates - 21 students from across the United States and from around the world. Everyone’s excitement is palpable as they begin their life aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans.
The students of S-280, Pacific Reef Expedition, will join the Robert C. Seamans in Pape’ete, Tahiti by May 23rd. They will end their voyage in Honolulu, Hawaii around June 24th, after port stops in Rangiroa, Caroline Island, Kiribati, and Kiritimati.
We made it through New York Harbor! With last night’s sunset it dawned on us how close we were to land. Our lookout began report lights off the port and starboard bow and suddenly we realized we were sailing straight towards an expansive Long Island. Having heard the light pollution of the city is cause for some beautiful sunsets, all the ship’s company stood on the port side and watched as the lights faded through yellows, pinks, and reds, and finally the sun disappeared in the haze on the horizon.
I can’t explain how much this leg has opened my eyes to certain things. Leaving Bermuda was pretty interesting. Sailing on a much larger scale of ship is pretty amazing and unique. From previous tall ship experiences “Mama Cramer” takes the cake on how slow she is at her top speed of 7 knots, but she’s pretty sweet. Sailing into open water gave me that thrilling rush, teaching me what to expect in upcoming days.
We’ve whipped our way out of Bermuda, wearing a little extra paint off of our starboard side from the steady port tack. After sailing for the last four days set for maximum sail area, the trip towards the coast has been pushing a zesty seven or eight knots. After taking our stop ashore and watching the little island of Bermuda fade into the distance, it has strange to take in how familiar and consistent the ocean can sometimes be.
The wind has picked up and there are sizeable swells today - not the smooth, sunny conditions we’ve enjoyed since leaving Bermuda. It’s just after lunch and conditions may be classified as “sporty” as we approach the counter-current of the Gulf Stream - about Force 7 on the Beaufort Scale.
Three days out from Bermuda. I’ve found that the first three days out from port prove to be the most taxing, both mentally and physically, as we have to readjust to the watch schedule, motion of the ocean, and extreme self-containment of sea life. That said, tomorrow is looking up. After a long dawn watch and 3 total hours of sleep last night I’m more than ready to sleep from 0100 to 1100 tonight after evening watch.