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November 27, 2021

Lead up to the LAT

Adam Young, Emory University

Dumbo the heteropod

Hello, world! It’s been quite the busy past few weeks, what with sailing a boat across the Pacific and all. In just under two weeks, we have made the Seamans travel nearly 1,500 nautical miles. For a while there, I wasn’t completely sure if we would ever turn off the engine, but we’ve reached the Northeasterlies and haven’t dropped the sails since.

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November 07, 2021

Star Frenzy!

Taylor Hunt, C Watch & Coastal Carolina University


Among the many things that we students are learning to do aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, one of my favorite things that I have learned so far is the art of celestial navigation.

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October 26, 2021

A lotta fun with L.A.N and Celestial Navigation

Robbie Murdock, B-Watch, Scituate High School


Finding new passions in life is hard because – 1. It’s hard to get excited about things you’ve never heard of and 2. You have no idea where to begin.

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November 01, 2019

Steering by Stars

Eliza Davidian, C Watch, Whitman College


Ropes and lines cascade down from the top of the mast, to the end of the spreaders, and all the way down to the deck, adorning our ship like a spider web that’s been stretched across the rig.

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October 30, 2019

Half Way!

Charlotte Pontifell, C Watch


Over the course of the past few days, it has become increasingly common to overhear people exclaiming how quickly our time on board is passing. Today marks our 20th day – we have officially passed the halfway point of our journey!

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October 31, 2018


Isabella Andersson, B-watch, Hawaii Pacific University


Hi friends and family and Happy Halloween!

Today has been an eventful day filled with various Halloween events such as trick or treating, pumpkin carving, face painting and a costume contest. The science department also performed some Halloween themed experiments which was highly appreciated by the rest of the crew (might have been because of the involvement of m&m’s, but the experiment was pretty cool too).

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May 13, 2018

Underway Once More!

Kendra Ouellette, C Watch, Bennington College

Study Abroad at Sea

This morning C watch had the pleasure of being on watch for our departure from Bermuda. We were able to sail out of St. George’s (without motoring—a first for even our Captain), and I was lucky enough to be posted on bow watch as we coasted through the channel. From there I was able to look back and see everybody hustling to set sail, and able to wave to everyone who came out to see us depart! It was so satisfying to see the jib and stays’ls come back up, followed by the tops’l and the mains’l.

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January 01, 2018

Spontaneous Shipeks

Kasey Jones, A Watch, Penn State

Penn State at SEA

It was a bright and beautiful day in paradise today! Off in the distance, the island of Culebra was appearing in the distance through fog. If the plan works accordingly, Culebra is our snorkeling stop for a bit of fun exploring in the Caribbean waters…fingers crossed!

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December 19, 2017

Anchor Watch Reflections

Lindsey Call, B-watch, Amherst College

The Global Ocean

Hey there!

Lindsey here, reporting from the deck of the good Robert C. Seamans and fresh from lone 2200-2300 anchor watch. It was a quiet watch tonight- today marks the end of all of our schoolwork with a final round of research presentations, and the students are finally free from the stress of getting those last few leadership journal entries written down and the final paragraphs of their MHC paragraphs reviewed and edited.

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November 14, 2017

So Here We Are

Anna Wietelman, A Watch, Sailing Intern

Ocean Exploration

“SO, here we are, running before the wind under the topsail and course…” Jesse, sailing intern and current C watch J-WO says to A watch clustered around him on the quarterdeck. His voice comes from a silhouette plastered against a backdrop of stars. “The wind is from the East, force 4. Course ordered is 300 degrees….” he continues. And so began last night’s evening watch.

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