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January 16, 2018

SEA alumnus donates custom tall ship teaching model

Capt. Chris Nolan

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Captain Shawn Deweese (left) and Capt. Chris Nolan, Assistant Professor of Nautical Science, with model built by Deweese.

Captain Shawn Deweese, of South Yarmouth, MA, recently donated a custom crafted teaching model to Sea Education Association. The working model is designed to demonstrate the function of all nine sails and rigging aboard SEA’s two tall ships, SSV Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert C. Seamans.

“I was an alum of the high school program in 1996, so it was really great when I got the chance to sail aboard Cramer twenty years later as a guest,” said Captain Deweese. “It definitely hit home for me that sail training is still really valid for students in today’s day and age.” 

SEA is the home of SEA Semester®, the leading environmental studies study abroad program focused on the oceans. Undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country spend six weeks in Woods Hole during a shore component in preparation for six additional weeks in the field aboard the sailing school vessels Corwith Cramer or Robert C. Seamans

Over six-feet tall, the model rides on a wheeled platform and features functional rigging for all nine sails. Using the model, students can set and strike sails, tack and gybe the model with a fan, and generally learn how the rig works as a whole before they set foot on the real ship.

“Shawn’s gift is a perfect example of our alumni paying it forward to help future students in every way they can,” said Peg Brandon, president of Sea Education Association. “Our students love working with this beautifully crafted model - and are better prepared for going to sea.”

Captain Deweese is a Coast Guard veteran and former commanding officer of CGC ADAK and CGC KISKA. He designs and builds custom wood projects on Cape Cod under the name CrinkleWorks; some of his work can be seen at Along with friends at SEA Semester, he managed to design and create the model over the course of 500 hours of craftsmanship.

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