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July 22, 2014


Annie Rich / Codie Kyle , Sweet Briar College / College of Charleston

Annie and Codie here, reporting from the Science Lab with Juliana, our personal scientist, while reminiscing about our adventures jumping off the bowsprit during our first swim call on our voyage. The water was very refreshing and a special treat! To top off another perfect day at sea we got to see the “Green Flash” which we had just learned about the other day from Codie!

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July 11, 2014

Approach to the Equator

Marissa Shaw, B Watch, Sailing Intern


Hello to all you Lovely Land Lubbers (We love alliterations here aboard the Mama Seamans), this is Marissa, 1/3 of the D.O.D, or Department of Deckhands that is sailing this awesome PIPA SEA Semester.  Today has been yet another glorious day aboard, and as we pasted through the meteorological equator aka the Doldrums, aka the ITCZ, we have been able to secure the Main Engine and sail once more.

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June 22, 2014

Ship, Shipmates, Self

Christine Edgeworth, A Watch, Syracuse University


Aloha friends and family!

It’s hard to believe that it’s only day four at sea. The days have practically melted together as we’ve been jam packed with standing watch, scarfing down delicious food, deploying science gear, learning about our new home aboard the Robert C. Seamans, napping on occasion, and tapping into our inner sailors.

The first thing I learned after stepping on board the ship was a little saying that goes, “Ship, Shipmates, Self.”

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June 04, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 04 June 2014

Gabriell Fraser


Hey everyone, Gabby here! We’ve been on “Mama Cramer” for four days now and things are starting to get easier. Some people have been battling sea sickness and donating to Neptune (myself being one of those people). Most everyone is through that rough stage and our inner ears are adjusting to the rolling motion. Life aboard the ship is becoming an easier routine and is going great so far.

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April 04, 2014

Community Building

Sam Eley, C Watch, Bowdoin College


Ahoy from the Robert C. Seamans!
It’s been just over 5 days since the last palm tree on Rangiroa faded from sight in an approaching squall and we’ve seen no land since. We’re now dancing over swells nearly 400 nautical miles as the albatross flies from Rangiroa and have over 200 nautical miles to go to Nuku Hiva! With distances measured in hundreds of miles and travel time measured in days, it’s so important for our little community aboard the Seamans to live and work cohesively together all of the time.

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April 03, 2014

The Seafaring Life

Emilie Hickox, B Watch, Allegheny College


It seems everyone is settling deeper into the seafaring life aboard the Seamans. I have observed more and more people awake when they are not on watch. Perhaps because for the most part we have all gained our sea legs and are no longer exhausted from sea sickness and the new sleeping routine. Today, I got closer to accomplishing one of my lifetime goals of learning how to use the sextant. Many of us took advantage of the clear skies and used the sextants to ‘shoot some sun lines’, precompute our local apparent noon and then find our angle at that time to ultimately try to find our latitude.

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March 02, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 02 March 2014

Trevor Kaufman, Assistant Engineer


Greetings from the engineering department aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer! It’s almost 2300 and the ship is as alive as ever.  A Watch is in the process of taking the deck from C watch, and the entire ship is humming in tune with our throaty Cummins diesel.  You can feel the rumble in your feet, your ears, your chest: motorsailing!  We’‘d probably all prefer to straight sail whenever possible, but it sure is pleasant to fall asleep to the deep vibrations of the main engine.

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