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July 19, 2016

Video: Transatlantic Highlights

SEA Semester

Last month, 15 intrepid SEA Semester students sailed across the North Atlantic aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. They departed Woods Hole on June 3, and arrived in Cork, Ireland on June 30. SEA Faculty Captain Chris Nolan captured the 27-day voyage on video, and produced a short documentary.  We invite you to share the adventures of SEA Semester class C-267…

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June 30, 2016

Arrived Cork!

Chris Nolan, Captain

Transatlantic Crossing

Hello C-267 friends and family - we have safely arrived in Cork, Ireland.

Yesterday we approached the coast and anchored in Cobh, just southeast of Cork.  While anchored our ship’s company cleaned the Corwith Cramer to make her more presentable for arrival to our final destination.

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June 28, 2016

In Honor of the Challenge

Erin K Adams, Third Assistant Scientist

Transatlantic Crossing

The fortunate ones challenge themselves and push their boundaries. They attempt to enrich their life experience by stepping out of their comfort zones to see what lies on the other side of difficult. The challenging bits are different for each person and the rewards vary as much as this ragtag group of voyagers. Each of us on board are here for different reasons and seek different goals and we should not forget what drew us all here - to this ship, to this lifestyle, and to this voyage.

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June 27, 2016

Land Ho!

Katie Armstrong, Mount Holyoke College

Transatlantic Crossing

Hello friends and family near and far,

Many of you will be ecstatic to know that, for the first time in three weeks, we have finally seen land! Everyone came up on deck this morning to a surprising view of islands (including Skellig Michael, which was featured in the latest Star Wars movie!) located off of the southwest coast of Ireland, which we were able to tour from afar.

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June 26, 2016

Poster Session and Nearing Land

Jess Donohue, Second Assistant Scientist

Transatlantic Crossing

Today during class time we had a poster session which gave everyone the opportunity to learn more about the projects the students have been working on this entire trip.  Posters were set up around the deck and the rest of the crew rotated through to hear a short overview about scientific findings and leadership styles.  We learned about water masses, phytoplankton, microplastics and myctophids, along with leaders including Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, Genghis Kahn and Grace O’Malley.

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June 25, 2016

Reaching the Irish Shelf

Matt Hirsch, First Assistant Scientist

Transatlantic Crossing

This is Saturday’s blog, but I’m writing it on Dawn Watch on Sunday morning. Time can be a tricky thing at sea! We’ve been seeing signs indicating our approach to land lately, and in the lab this morning I’ve noticed that we’ve reached a new ‘landmark‘: sailing onto the Irish Shelf! Our CHIRP bottom profiler has been tracking the seafloor thoughout our transatlantic voyage, and we’ve gone from 4,000m to 1,000m over the past 5 hours!

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June 24, 2016

Mama Cramer Presents: Whale Watching

Duff Dean, University of Texas at Austin

Transatlantic Crossing

Worried Parents and Avid Sailors Alike,

We are just 475 nm from the rocky coast of Ireland, and the climax is beginning to build! Many of the students have now made peace with the commotion of the ocean, and all eyes are set towards the ending of our miraculous journey.

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June 23, 2016

Mama Cramer Presents: Whale Watching

Sarah Nickford, Stony Brook University

Transatlantic Crossing

Although more recent blog posts all seem to commonly mention Phase III: JWO/JLO, it rightfully deserves this attention. This responsibility tests all of our learning over the past 2+ weeks. From sail handling to hourly responsibilities on deck and in lab, we are the ones that have to make it all happen. The SSV Corwith Cramer usually conducts sampling for science twice a day, weather permitting.

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June 22, 2016

Eight Days Left

William Corson, Skidmore College

Transatlantic Crossing

Hello readers!

Eight days. Eight days until we have crossed this beautiful ocean. Eight days until we reach the beautiful land of Ireland. Eight days until we depart from our friends. Eight days before everyone aboard this ship that has been our home for a month is left with bitter sweet emotions of both expansion and loss.

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June 21, 2016

Hello from the other side (East of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge)

Ian Kasaitis, McDaniel College

Transatlantic Crossing

Hey Land Lovers!

Nine days left until we reach the pot of gold called Ireland.  It seems like everyone has hit their stride, especially considering we are now ready to be JWOs and JLO’s (Junior and Lab watch officers). Today I was Junior Lab officer, it was a completely different rhythm from being shadow, but I feel like I am starting to learn what being a leader is all about.

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