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March 12, 2015

Old Friends and New

Molly Disbrow, Ohio Wesleyan University

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Wow. It’s already March 12th. This trip is flying by! Okay. So. March 12th. The Corwith Cramer is currently anchored in the port of Portsmouth, Dominica. It is a beautiful day in the Caribbean! I woke up at 0530 and went on a run with Captain Sean, and my wonderful shipmates Emily, Sarah, speedy Rob and Matt. After our run we had a delicious breakfast! Thank you Becky! Later that morning I learned that I was assigned to be Assistant Steward for this day in port!

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March 11, 2015

Field Trip to the Kalinago Territory

Kat Brickner, Mira Costa Community College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

4:45 am, rise and shine! My day begins with deck watch taking bearings and doing boat checks making sure all is well while the crew slowly wakes up. Another glorious sunrise, and it’s time to set the flags-one under which we sail, America, and a courtesy flag of the country we are in, Dominica. “Wai’tukubuli” “tall is her body” is what the indigenous people call the island for her tall forested mountains.

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March 10, 2015

You can’t count on the sea, But you can count on your crew

Colin Terry, George Washington University

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

I began my day at a lovely 0420. I was helpfully encouraged to bring a foul weather jacket to my watch. I would come to cherish that advice as I was greeted by solid 28-30 knot winds with gusts reaching near fifty. But before I arrived on deck (sleeping semi-comfortably in my bunk), I had no idea that we pulled in our starboard anchor and began a controlled drift that extended one nautical mile from our original anchorage in Prince Rupert’s Bay. In addition to that, we had motor tacked and performed this maneuver once before I even arrived on the scene.

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March 05, 2015

Little Bay, Montserrat

Thomas Hiura, C Watch, Carleton College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

“Please be aggressive when you wake me up for mid-watch. I’ll need it.”

That’s what I told Colin and the B Watch crew before going to bed last night. We had spent the past day and a half sailing under the wind/wave protection of St. Kitts and Nevis, and I knew that my C Watch crew would be responsible for launching a potentially tumultuous journey to Montserrat. at 2300 at night. Shout-out to my mom Kazumi and sister Lisa, who know how slow I can be to get going in the morning!

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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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