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SEA Currents: c-277

February 26, 2018

Dominican Republic Foodways

Ger Tysk, Steward

Caribbean Study Abroad

One of the most exciting things about coming into a new port is stepping out into a new culture and sampling new food traditions. Aboard Cramer, we have so far stuck to foods that are fairly familiar to our students. American staples like spaghetti, chocolate chip cookies, and chicken breast are easy transition foods for stomachs unused to rough weather and high seas.

February 24, 2018

All in a day’s work… and then some.

Céili Chilcott, C-Watch, 3rd Mate

Caribbean Study Abroad

Our first full day in Samana greeted us with early morning thunderstorms, reprieved by a tangerine sunrise glow against the passing clouds and developing into a double rainbow under mostly blue skies. An early morning provisioning run to the local market by Steward Ger and a few students yielded some much appreciated fresh fruits and a chance to experience what buying local in the Dominican Republic means.

February 20, 2018

A Sea Story

Kevin Murray, Second Mate, B Watch


Hi, I’m Kevin, the second mate on board. Today we were sharing exciting sea stories. We came up with this one to describe our afternoon watch. I hope you enjoy it!

(Read in a dramatic voice) So there we were in the southern Sargasso Sea! It was afternoon watch and B watch had the deck!

February 19, 2018

Sailing North for Science!

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies Faculty


We have moved on from our port stop in Francis Bay, St. John, to the Atlantic Ocean as we venture north to see if we can hunt down some of the southern Sargasso Sea waters. Student crew and professional crew alike are all fully engaged in the daily routine now—morning watch classes, scientific deployments, afternoon class for all hands and, of course, plenty of sail handling.

February 17, 2018

First Snorkel Survey!

Jordan Churchwell, B Watch, Colorado College


Hello friends and family! I think I speak for all of us when I say we wish you could be here with us to see this beauty. My day actually started at 0100 (1am) where I had a quick 1hr deck watch. Since we are at anchor in Francis Bay (surrounded by US and British Virgin Islands), we needed less people on watch, meaning 1hr instead of 4hrs of a night watch. Woo more time to sleep!

The real fun began around 1000 when we took a small motor boat over to St. John for about a 2 mile hike inland to Waterlemon Cay.

February 16, 2018

Adjusting to Life at Sea

Haley Peterson, B Watch, Smith College


Hello all! It is hard to believe that Class C-277 has only been living on the Cramer for 4 days now; it already feels as though we have been here a lifetime-in a good way! The theme for the past few days has been adjustment, with everyone adjusting in their own time to the challenges of life at sea, including sea sickness, small living quarters, and the ever-present elements.

February 15, 2018

Sailing and Science

Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist



For those fortunate among you to have set sail on a long voyage nothing more need be said.  You can share in the exhilaration of this moment that is encapsulated by the beaming smiles worn by each member of the ship’s company.  All the planning and preparation, hard work and sacrifice have led to this moment.

February 14, 2018

From Colonial Fortifications to Modern Resiliency in Puerto Rico

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies


Our second day in program was an exciting mix of exploration of the port environs of Old San Juan, continued orientation/safety training and first-hand accounts of life in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of this year’s devastating hurricane season.

To start the day, we took a walk into the historic district and examined the fortified aspects of this 16th century port city that was so integral to Spain’s early colonial economy, acting as a gateway to the colonial possessions in Central and South America. Indeed, the deep and protected bay, now lined with modern port infrastructure, highlights the continued importance of San Juan to the economy of Puerto Rico and, indirectly, to the Caribbean as a whole. The morning walk ended at the very impressive fortifications of El Morro, overlooking the entrance to San Juan Bay. After exploring the many levels of the fort, students slowly worked their way in smaller groups back to the ship, taking in more of the city sights before lunch.

February 13, 2018

CCC Begins!

Sean S. Bercaw, Captain, Nautical Science Faculty


Full of positive energy and frequent smiles, the CCC (Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean) students boarded the SSV Corwith Cramer this afternoon, and our Sea Component began. The first days aboard are busy ones for the students as they’re exposed to the language, etiquette and culture of this new environment.