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July 12, 2016

Douarnenez, France

Kate Salesin, C Watch, Cornell University

Historic Seaports

Today, we set foot on land after several rainy, rocky days at sea in the English Channel. Unfortunately, many of us discovered that not only were we afflicted by seasickness on the boat, but also landsickness once we stepped on land (which is more of a woozy vertigo sensation). But all of us were glad to get a chance to explore the quaint coastal town of Douarnenez relatively autonomously this afternoon.

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July 11, 2016

Reaching France

Megan OIson, C Watch, Miami University

Historic Seaports

Today has been a very eventful day! Us on C Watch (the best watch!) had the morning shift, and we had the chance to set and strike the top sail, a square sail that is raised Midships. Along with the normal duties, we learned many of the line names, as well as all of the sails. There are a lot of lines to remember, and soon we will hold a pin race, which is similar to a relay race. We will have to run to a certain line (different for each person), identify it, run to it and touch it, and return to our watch at the quarterdeck.

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July 08, 2016

C-268 Gets Underway

Prof. Dan Brayton, Chief Historian and Environmental Studies Instructor

And we’re off! After a morning of emergency drills at the dock in Cork City, we met our pilot and headed down the River Lee with the diesel running at about a thousand rpms. Pilot John was a friendly veteran of many a run up and down Cork Harbor, which is actually an immense estuary dotted with villages, harbors, and specialized ports-a break bulk port, a container port, an old coal port, a naval base at Haulbowline Island, the yachting town of Crosshaven. St. Colmen’s Cathedral towered over the pretty town of Cobh in full neo-gothic splendor.

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July 07, 2016

Cobh Heritage Center Field Trip

Prof. Dan Brayton, Chief Historian and Environmental Studies Instructor

Today we had a field trip to the Cobh Heritage Center, a small maritime museum housed in the historic depot in Cobh, formerly Queenstown (and before that known as the Cove of Cork). Fueled by fish and chips served at a local restaurant, we learned about Irish emigration to the Americas, the Potato Famine, criminal transportation to Australia, the Titanic (Queenstown was her final port of call), and the torpedoing of the Lusitania in 1915, then we hopped back on the train and returned to the Cramer for a stick-to-your-ribs supper.

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July 07, 2016

C-268, Historic Seaports of Western Europe, Begins!

Elliot Rappaport, Captain

Hello! This is Captain Elliot Rappaport writing from Cork, Ireland, where it is a seasonable 60 degrees. Everyone is wearing their ski hats and adjusting to Irish summer, keeping warm while enjoying the long days that go with the high latitude.

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July 06, 2016

C-268, Historic Seaports of Western Europe

Historic Seaports

The students of C-268, Historic Seaports of Western Europe, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Cork, Ireland by July 6th. After a brief shore component on board, they will get underway, arriving in Cádiz, Spain by August 4th, with port stops in Brest, France, and Lisbon, Portugal.

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