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June 28, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 28 June 2014

Audrey Meyer, C253 Chief Scientist

It’s very early on a gorgeous Saturday morning. We’re safely secured to the dock in downtown Cork, after a scenic transit of about 14 miles up the river from the Irish coast. We tied up at about 1730 yesterday, enjoyed a delicious All Hands dinner of pesto and fresh bread, and shared a final evening’s swizzle that showcased the many talents of our shipmates.

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June 26, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 26 June 2014

Beckett Colson, A Watch, MIT

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Hello! We’re comfortably at anchor off of the coast of Ireland next to a big cliff. There are small coves in the rocks where hundreds of birds were roosting earlier today. All day I’‘ve been getting used to seeing land on the horizon. It’s so strange to see land after so long. When we were further away, it was easy to mistake it as a very odd cloud. It’s very exciting to see so much green.

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June 25, 2014

C253 Web Blog 25 June 2014

Meara Louise Cafferata, B Watch, Pacific Northwest College of Art

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Hey y’’all, we found Ireland!  At approximately 0600 this morning we had our first sighting of land in just about three weeks.  Ocean ocean ocean ocean ocean ocean Ireland!  I woke up from my post mid watch ‘sleep of gender neutral royalty’ (also known as ‘sleep of Kings’) and immediately ran up on deck to find Ireland off the port beam.  It’s hard to describe the feeling of seeing Ireland after such an amazing journey to get here.  We always knew Ireland was our ultimate goal, but until we saw the rolling hills and epic cliffs overlooking the sea it was easy to forget just how far we have traveled. 

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June 24, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 24 June 2014

Liz Carter, C watch, Bridgewater State University

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Hi everyone!
Liz Carter here, super excited it’s finally my turn for the blog! Life on the boat has been absolutely, completely, and entirely amazing. I cannot express in words how incredible this experience has been (but maybe I will make an attempt with interpretive dance at our talent show..) It took quite a bit of settling in and adjusting to, but eventually everybody fell into the swing of things and life has been great ever since. We have all learned SO much and come SO far, it’s hard to believe what’s been accomplished in just 24 short days.

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June 23, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 23 June 2014

Ben Ritter, A Watch, College of the Holy Cross

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Top of the mornin’! Earlier this afternoon the Cramer officially crossed into Irish waters, a bittersweet milestone as we sail (and motor) ever closer to our final destination at Cork.  Today the Atlantic was nearly

unrecognizable from what we’’ve experienced these past three weeks – the sea was glass and incredibly calm. 

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June 22, 2014

C253 Web Blog 22 June 2014

Ellice Patterson, B Watch, Wellesley College

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Hey y’all!
Today was a great day. The sun was out, the weather was warm, and we went swimming! It was so nice to be able to take a break from watch and jump into the middle of Atlantic Ocean, a wonderful reminder of summer. All of the research track students are analyzing their results and I know they definitely needed the splash.

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June 21, 2014

C253 Web Blog 21 June 2014

Ryan Furey, C watch, Harvard University

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Hey there friends and family,
Another day has again passed astern of us, chasing after the setting sun on its daily routine. The Cramer and her crew, however, are persistently powering eastward with our eyes on the horizon, our sails full, and our pre-arrival to-do lists endless. Our responsibilities in lab and on deck have increased with the program’s evolution to its “Junior Watch Officer and “Junior Lab Officer” phase, where once students are now the leaders expected to maintain the integrity of the ship and her endeavors with care and precision.

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June 20, 2014

C253 Web Blog 20 June 2014

Anna Massefski, A Watch, Hampshire College

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Hello landfolks! Greetings from the Corwith Cramer!
At the risk of sounding too nerdy, I’’m going to start off by saying that the Cramer reminds me of Hogwarts. It’s a moving, changing vessel of hands-on learning, with secret areas in the soles and clever storage spaces in every conceivable place. With only 135 feet to house 35 people and everything they need for a month, the Cramer wastes no space

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June 19, 2014

C253 Web Blog 19 June 2014

Benjamin Sturmer, B-Watch, Maine Maritime Academy

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Hey land lovers,
We are currently sailing (wind jammin’) over the Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge. I find it fascinating and so does our lab equipment with the chlorophyll A readings totally different from anything we have experienced so far! Hopefully in one of our next deployments we will catch some type of awesome sea creature that none of us has ever seen before!

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June 18, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 18 June 2014

Lily Kapiloff, C Watch, University of Southern Maine

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I’’m sitting on the port side deck-box with the mains’l flying over my head, looking out at the sun setting, listening to the melodic sloshing of the waves against the hull, basking in the balmy 17°, having trouble keeping my eyes open with the Cramer so sweetly trying to rock me to sleep. It’s amazing how much the color and texture of the water can change throughout the day, the diversity of the clouds and stars.

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