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March 04, 2015

We Love It Here, But We Miss A Few Things…

Lillian Robinson, University of Vermont

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hello People of Land and those with Internet at Sea!
Lillian here.  At the moment, (that moment being 1600 on March 4th) we are anchored off Nevis Island. We have stopped in this nice little cove to take a break from gybing back and forth so our crew can rest up and get ready for the short but most likely rough sail to Montserrat. If you have been following our blog, you may have seen that winds and waves have been rather high, between 17 and 25 knots (Google the conversion to miles per hour) and they are only predicted to build through the night.

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March 02, 2015

Once Again, We Return To the Sea

James Conley, A Watch, Stonehill College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

“James, James, James” is the first thing I heard whispered into my bunk as I woke up this morning. Knowing that this was my wake up call for dawn watch, I reluctantly replied “Good morning.”  I then heard, “It’s 0550 you have 10 minutes till watch. It’s a little chilly bring a coat.” Rubbing my eyes, I rolled out of my bed and began to get dressed so that I would be on deck in time for my watch. To be honest, I was less than enthused to be waking up this early in the morning. However, I knew that I was the lucky one today—I would get to watch the sun rise this morning.

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March 01, 2015

Experiencing St. Martin

Kathie Brill, Connecticut College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hello from St. Martin!!
It’s hard to believe that we left San Juan only a week and a half ago. Time is never to spare on board the Cramer, and the amount that we’ve done in the past 10 days far surpasses the norms of life on our home campuses. We’ve been here in St. Martin for the past 3 days, and it has been truly wonderful. Today, I was discussing with one of my shipmates the positive change in energy amongst our group.

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February 27, 2015

Flying juice for breakfast and calm seas for dinner!

Nicole Reasonda, B Watch, Quinsigamond Community College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

The day did not start out as peaceful. I’d say it was a bit more exciting. My day started with breakfast, and I am telling you, a whole pitcher of juice literally flew off our table. Our ship has been rocking and rolling for a few days now, but today the seas were particularly rough. We encountered some ten- to twelve-foot waves during our watch, and squalls just kept coming right at us!

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January 02, 2015

C256A – Colleague Cruise - Joining the ship!

Daniel Diaz, Assistant Director of Study Abroad, Guilford College

C256a Colleague Cruise

Colleague Cruise Day of Arrival – we had come from all over, Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, and more to start the year of 2015 off with a Colleague Cruise.  Some of us had experience with sailing, some had not. Yet as we walked up to the Corwith Cramer, everyone was excited by the beauty of the ship, and more so, the adventure she had waiting for us!

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December 23, 2014

A Note From the Aft Cabin

Sean S. Bercaw, Captain

The Wx (weather) is beautiful, but the ship is quiet with the students departed, as C-256 has officially ended. It was an epic voyage and truly impressive in the annals of SEA – many, many miles sailed with few engine hours.  But what was even more impressive was the community that developed aboard. Bringing both Maritime Studies and Scientific voyagers aboard to augment the students worked out delightfully well, adding a depth to their SEA experience.

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December 18, 2014

Preparing for Science on the Saba Bank

Clare Morrall, Visiting Scientist

T’was one week before Christmas and we’ve just set sail, departing the island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten and heading for St. John in the US Virgin Islands!

This is Clare- I’m a visiting scientist who has had the privilege of working with the fantastic C256 faculty and students since the end of September. I’ve taken a sabbatical from my position at St. George’s University in Grenada in the southern Caribbean and I’ve had a great few months with SEA ashore in New England and on board the Cramer.

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December 16, 2014

A Word (or two) from Engineering

Mickey Cavacas, Engineer

Greetings blog readers! This is Mickey, the ship’s engineer here. Sorry in advance for how much I jump around during today’s blog post.

Back on November 23rd the other engineer aboard, Tanner gave a description of why engineers are needed onboard a sailing vessel, so I’ll just refer you all to that post for a refresher. Instead of rehashing that, I would like to give you a statistical overview of some engineering numbers for our Atlantic crossing.

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December 15, 2014

An Island and a Gallery

Gabrielle Page, 2nd assistant scientist

Ahoy from the Corwith Cramer! Today marked our arrival to our second port stop of the trip: the island of Sint Maarten/St. Martin. Before settling in the clear blue waters of our anchorage, the “on” watch had a busy morning preparing for our arrival. In lab, a flurry of students and scientists collected some last pieces of data before our time in port. In addition to our loyal Neuston net, we deployed our dip net to collect Sargassum as well as our Tucker Trawl net in search of plastic pieces in the water column.

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December 13, 2014

Dominica Stories

Megan Lubetkin, B-Watch

This morning was our last round of anchor watch in Dominica. I was up for the 5-6am shift, a beautiful time of day when the sun haze begins to glow behind the lush green rain-forested mountains that surround Prince Rupert Bay here in Portsmouth, Dominica ~ the Nature Island. After launching the small boat with Tanner, our trusty assistant engineer, a gaggle of eager students and voyagers followed Nina, our super-chef, and Cap’n Sean to the morning market in Portsmouth. During a peaceful quiet sunrise hour on deck, I nestled up on the elephant table with my favorite 4-stringed boat guitar to play a few parting tunes to what I’d easily call my favorite island (so far).

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