SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
February 14, 2014
C251 Web Blog - 14 February 2014
At the pier beneath the walls of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sunny and a warm 84°
The program Ocean Exploration, Caribbean, C-251, has now begun. Thirteen students from ten different American colleges and schools have boarded the Corwith Cramer and have started their orientation for life aboard a tall shiptheir sea component. Some students arrived in San Juan a number of days ago with friends and family and have begun the port stop exploration that will be an integral part of the program. The sixteenth-century walled city of Old San Juan will provide an excellent starting point for comparing and contrasting the histories, cultures and economies of the Caribbean island nations we visit.
The next stop will be Antigua, followed by a visit to the Grenadines, Montserrat and, finally, St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. These port stops will be brief interludes on, or bookends to, a voyage devoted to scientific workocean water and marine life sampling that will provide data for the students research projects and add to SEAs ongoing collection of oceanographic and marine science databases. They will do this as fully integrated members of the ships crew and take on the responsibilities of mastering the safe and effective operation and navigation of a tall ship.
In addition to appreciating an escape from stormy winter conditions, we are all looking forward to fair winds, cooperative conditions for scientific sampling and the chance to visit or revisit Caribbean islands and add to our knowledge of the history, culture and role in the global economy of each of these small nations or territories. We are all excited to get underway!
Oh yes, and happy Valentines Day to all of our loved ones at home!