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SEA Currents: c277

February 23, 2018

Land HO! Sailing into Samana

Karen Lynch, B Watch, Knox College

Caribbean Study Abroad

Hello to one and all of you wonderful souls keeping up with the Cramer! Throughout this past week of sailing, I have experienced a seemingly endless array of blue skies, cumulous and stratus clouds, and constellations - of course with very slight interruption of squalls blowing through from time to time.

February 22, 2018

The Humpbacks of Notre Crame

Lauren McLaughlin, C Watch, Bowdoin College


Today was an exciting day on the Corwith Cramer as we arrived at Navidad Bank, a breeding ground for whales off the coast of the Dominican Republic. Yesterday, one of my fellow classmates, Teahelahn, and I decided on a whim that we would cut our hair short if we saw a whale.  We were basically asking for it, but considering fresh water showers are only every 3 days, it couldn’t hurt.

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.

February 07, 2018

C-277: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

C277 map

The students of C-277, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer on February 13th in San Juan. They will depart in Key West on March 24th after port stops in St. John, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and Jamaica.

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