SEA Currents: canary islands
November 06, 2016
Final Reflections on C-269
Las Palmas is the main commercial port of the Canary Islands, formed by a giant panhandle of poured concrete and filled land that juts off the northeastern shore of Grand Canary. The weather’s been a bit unsettled since we got here, and passing clouds hide the landscape, but when it’s clear you can see the olive-green bulk of the island rising up over town, conical and crenellated and unmistakably volcanic.
November 05, 2016
Successful Completion of Global Ocean Europe
Just a few short hours ago, we arrived with all hands on deck into Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, and with the securing of the Corwith Cramer’s dock lines to the pier we marked the end of our six-week journey that started with program activities in Barcelona, a bustling port with crowded streets, and then Mallorca, with its stunning landscape and tourist amenities, and then finally on to the Atlantic port of Cadiz, a smaller urban area than Barcelona but one with a deep and rich history that lived up to expectations, particularly when we decided it was prudent to spend some extra time there rather than push on to Madeira.
November 18, 2014
Best wishes from a SEA Semester alum
You are about to embark on one of those crazy once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. But you know that. What you don’t know is that this experience will enthrall and exhaust you. There will be conflict and head-butting; this happens when you put people so close together. There will also be bonds forged that last years - maybe a full lifetime although I can’t say that yet as I’m still living.
November 15, 2014
The First Night, Field Trips & More
Hola, from Las Palmas! I have the distinct honor of writing the first student blog for this Atlantic Crossing. To get all our readers up to date, here’s what’s going on. We arrived in Las Palmas yesterday at 1500, made our way through the city, and all met onboard our home (for the next almost 6 weeks) - the SSV Corwith Cramer. We were organized into three Watch groups that include a mix of us students, an SEA scientist and mate, one of our scientific Voyagers, one maritime Voyager, and one sailing intern.
November 14, 2014
C256 Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean Begins
The students have all safely arrived to the ship, and ship safety and orientation is underway! With the Corwith Cramer tied securely to a dock in the heart of Puerto de Luz, the opportunities for observations related to Maritime Studies themes are endless. Facilities for the unloading and loading of container ships are busy with their work only a few hundred yards away while international, large-scale fishing boats are moored just north of us in one of the inner harbors of this extensive, highly trafficked port.
November 08, 2014
A Journey Comes to an End
As I write this final post I sit and wonder where the time went. Explaining what the trip was like is going to be hard for all of us. Pictures and journals will help; however, only we know exactly how we feel. The certain aspects of our trip have allowed us to become a unique family that would not be the same without all members of C255.
To attempt to offer everyone a glimpse into our experiences I have listed what each member of C255, staff included, has said he or she will miss the most. Enjoy!
November 07, 2014
Three months ago we set out to look at how humans have impacted coastal and marine environments and we have learned much more than we anticipated. On the Atlantic coast of Spain at Baelo Claudia, we visited the site of a Roman city from two thousand years ago where we saw evidence of an active ancient tuna fishery, and of an industrial plant set up to salt tons of fish annually for shipment along the northern Mediterranean coast and across the Strait of Gibraltar to Africa.