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May 03, 2019

Open Ship Events in Brooklyn, New York this May

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SEA’s flagship, the SSV Corwith Cramer, will host four public open ship events this May in Brooklyn, New York, following its arrival from Bermuda.  Please come aboard, tour the ship, meet the crew, and learn about SEA Semester!

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April 18, 2019

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

Leah Martinez, A-Watch, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”

It was a flurry of emotions as we prepared to enter the channel leading into the harbor this morning.


April 17, 2019

Life of a Sailor

Rose Edwards, B Watch, Sailing Intern

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At the end of my SEA Semester trip when I was a student, I was voted “Most likely to become a Sailor” by my classmates. While not the only S-271 classmate to pursue tall ship life after SEA, the prediction has come true and over multiple trips and jobs I am becoming a Sailor with a capital S.


April 15, 2019

The Sounds of the Corwith Cramer

Gail Johnson, C-Watch, Oberlin College

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This was an idea given to me late last night while on watch, around 0010, by Betsy, a fellow C-watcher that will be greatly missed upon her departure in Bermuda!


April 15, 2019

Staying Busy

Krista Norris, B-Watch, Sailing Intern

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Hello from somewhere in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean! We are at about the halfway point, and wow we are so busy! Our little world onboard the Robert C Seaman’s is always moving (in all ways imaginable). Students are busy with projects, crew are busy teaching (and with their own projects), and everyone is always busy learning.

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April 14, 2019

A World Aloft: Stopping to Smell the Roses

Leah Martinez, A-Watch, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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Life at sea on the Corwith Cramer can often feel like a flurry of watches, food, and some sleep in between. Students are often seen flitting about between the lab, library, and the main saloon busying themselves with research work and nautical science assignments.


April 14, 2019

My World is Sideways

Liz Leadley, B Watch, Olin College of Engineering

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Aboard Seamans, my world has been pretty thoroughly tilted, both literally and figuratively. On the literal side, the wave swells have been rolling the boat side to side nearly constantly, which makes standing up straight… an event. More figuratively, however, this ship has offered me a vastly new perspective for self-reflection.


April 12, 2019

SEA President Peg Brandon among Five to Receive Honorary Degrees from University of Rhode Island

KINGSTON, R.I.—April 11, 2019—A former congressman who led the fight for health insurance parity for those with mental health and substance use disorders, an educator who uses tall ships as platforms to educate college students about the ocean and environment, the founding director of the leading international engineering program, a renowned musician and philanthropist, and a former college president will be awarded honorary degrees by the University of Rhode Island at its 133rd Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies Sunday, May 19.

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April 12, 2019

Two-weeks down

Camille Ross, C Watch, Colby College

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We have been on the Seamans almost two weeks. It is crazy how quickly the time is going by.  I have learned so much in such a short amount of time, and it has been so much fun.  It feels like we have been here so much longer than we actually have.

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April 12, 2019

Sweat it Out

Sam Ahlman, B-Watch, University of San Diego

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“Take it to the pin and sweat it!” is a phrase heard often setting sails on the Corwith Cramer (and one you may dread if your hands are on the fish halyard).  On a tall ship, sweating usually has a different meaning than it does on land. Sweating is what you do to get a sail the last little bit of the way up. On the Cramer (especially for me), both connotations of sweating apply.


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