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February 15, 2016

C-264: Sea component begins

Chris Nolan, Captain

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hello from the Sailing School Vessel Corwith Cramer and the ship’s company of trip C-264. All is well aboard and the student crew had a great day learning the ropes, taking part in safety drills and getting acquainted with their new home. We will get underway Wednesday for a short sail to St. John.

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January 05, 2016

Colleague Voyage C-263B: First day orientation

Erik Zettler, Chief Scientist, Associate Dean for Institutional Relations

Colleague Cruise

At 0900 a group of 20 colleagues from colleges, universities, and organizations around the country boarded the brigantine Corwith Cramer at Gallows Bay in Christiansted, on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. After stowing their gear in assigned bunks below, participants mingled and explored their 134’ long home and world for the next 5 days. All hands mustered on the quarterdeck for an outline of the voyage plan and introductions - both the professional staff and the colleague participants themselves, who on this Sailing School Vessel are all working members of the crew.

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December 17, 2015

Through the “Valley of Desolation” to a Boiling Lake!

Grayson Huston, B-Watch; Sailing Intern, UC Berkeley and SEA C-259 Alum

Oceans & Climate

Whenever the crew talked about Dominica’s boiling lake, I apparently had something else in mind. I imagined a lake with some bubbles coming to the surface, much like the first sets up bubbles that appear in ones pot as they’re boiling water for some pasta. I imagined wrong, completely wrong.

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December 16, 2015

Cloud Poetry

Kennedy Holland, Colette Kelly, Katie Lyon

Oceans & Climate

And now for some cloud poetry from the ship’s company:

Cumu-love story:
With clear skies and the sun shining,
I miss the days of us together.
Cumulus clouds perfectly combining,
We were one, you as my lover.

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December 15, 2015

Swizzle & Swim Call

Molly Pickel, A Watch, Sailing Intern

Oceans & Climate

Today, A Watch has the deck watch for 24 hours. Everyone else is ashore and Cramer is almost eerily quiet (except for the quiet hum of the generator and the occasional roar of a motor boat passing by). Since we dropped our anchor yesterday morning, I’ve been struck mainly by the calm that has come over the ship. We are still doing boat checks every hour and taking bearings on landmarks to make sure we’re not dragging our anchor. We still spent today doing ship’s work - getting rid of rust stains, maintaining and organizing tools, and cleaning.

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December 14, 2015

At Anchor in Prince Rupert Bay, Portsmouth, Dominica

Janet McMahon & Anna Yoors, Sailing Interns

Oceans & Climate

After 27 straight days and nights of running before the wind, we arrived in Portsmouth at 0800 this morning. Captain Jason continues to astound me with his precision sailing - he said we’d anchor at 0800 and sure enough, we dropped the anchor 15 seconds before the hour.  I’ll leave a description of our arrival and the day’s highlights to Anna, who will add on to this entry.

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November 18, 2015

SEA Research Offers New Insight on Caribbean Seaweed Invasion

Anne Broache,

SEA Semester

Massive quantities of Sargassum, a distinctive brown seaweed, have flooded Caribbean shores in recent years, setting off local concerns about economic impacts on fishing and tourism. The country of Trinidad has even declared these so-called inundation events to be a natural disaster. But little is understood about the ecological implications of Sargassum invasions or how they should be managed. New research published by Sea Education Association provides first-hand observations in support of these questions.

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October 06, 2015

SEA Semester Invites Students for Voyage to Cuba & Caribbean

Anne Broache,

SEA Semester

Surely you’ve read the latest news about changes in the complex relationship between the United States and Cuba. But did you know that we’ve been working during the past few months to offer future SEA Semester students the chance to return to this fascinating destination?

Pending government approval, students enrolled in SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean for winter/spring term 2016 will make a port stop in Santiago de Cuba. The visit will be part of this broader comparative studies program, which gives students of all majors the chance to deepen their knowledge of cultural and environmental sustainability issues throughout the Caribbean.

There’s still space and financial aid available for this exciting program. Applications are due November 1.

May 07, 2015

SEA Semester Caribbean Voyage Featured by Boston College

SEA Semester

SEA Semester® in the News: “Sea Change”
The Boston College Chronicle | May 7, 2015

While his Boston College peers endured the snowiest winter on record this semester, junior Samuel Beard set sail for the Caribbean – but not on a pleasure cruise. One of 18 undergraduate participants in a Sea Education Association (SEA) interdisciplinary study program, he explored global issues of conservation and sustainability in the Caribbean region.

Read the full story here.

March 30, 2015

The Ship Rests

Sean S. Bercaw, Captain

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Alongside in Old San Juan, tucked in between the mighty cruise ships yet their passengers look upon us with envy as they wander by. Corwith Cramer now rests, having served her charges well. Over 2000 nautical miles sailed with nary a scratch. The students have now departed, headed off in a myriad of directions, some perhaps to never set foot aboard again, but that is the magic, for the ship and the sea are in their blood, and whether or not they ‘return to the sea,’ the evolution and the experience they’ve had lives on.

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