SEA Currents: ireland
July 07, 2016
Cobh Heritage Center Field Trip
Today we had a field trip to the Cobh Heritage Center, a small maritime museum housed in the historic depot in Cobh, formerly Queenstown (and before that known as the Cove of Cork). Fueled by fish and chips served at a local restaurant, we learned about Irish emigration to the Americas, the Potato Famine, criminal transportation to Australia, the Titanic (Queenstown was her final port of call), and the torpedoing of the Lusitania in 1915, then we hopped back on the train and returned to the Cramer for a stick-to-your-ribs supper.
July 07, 2016
C-268, Historic Seaports of Western Europe, Begins!
Hello! This is Captain Elliot Rappaport writing from Cork, Ireland, where it is a seasonable 60 degrees. Everyone is wearing their ski hats and adjusting to Irish summer, keeping warm while enjoying the long days that go with the high latitude.
June 30, 2016
Hello C-267 friends and family - we have safely arrived in Cork, Ireland.
Yesterday we approached the coast and anchored in Cobh, just southeast of Cork. While anchored our ship’s company cleaned the Corwith Cramer to make her more presentable for arrival to our final destination.
July 09, 2015
C-261 Students Have Arrived
The students of SEA Semester class C-261, Historic Seaports of Western Europe, are all safely aboard the Corwith Cramer. They will spend the first few days alongside in Cork, Ireland before beginning their ocean voyage through Europe. Watch this blog for updates from the students & crew over the next four weeks.
July 02, 2015
Welcome to Cork, Ireland!
It’s 0553. The morning has dawned crisp and clear, with the promise of warmer temperatures as the sun rises in the sky. We’re safely secured to the dock in downtown Cork, after a scenic transit up the River Lee from the Irish coast yesterday afternoon.
The ship is quiet and still at this early hour, but even in port not everyone sleeps.
July 01, 2015
An apology to our parents and guardians
I’d like to take a quick moment to form a very small apology to everyone that my classmates and I will return home to relatively soon. Our journey on the ocean is coming to a close and I have watched as 16 strangers who I now call friends have grown over the course of a month during our time on Cramer. We will return home different in many ways from how we left. Thus, the apology begins, and I’ll direct it at my own parents specifically though I think everything translates for my peers:
June 30, 2015
The World as Boat
Land is very close (I can smell it) and I would like to share what have been in my thoughts ever since a few weeks into the Transatlantic Crossing program here at SEA.
Imagine a spherical boat. It is the most extraordinary boat one ever laid eyes upon. It is equipped with everything—food, water, warm places, bars, public houses, spectacles of all kinds. Sailors on this boat come in all types: some short, some tall, some lean, some bulky, and so on.
June 28, 2015
Lifelong Dream Come True
Saturday (27 June) dawned cool and grey with Force 5 winds, as we closed back toward the Irish Coast to view Fastnet Rock and Light during daylight hours. An amazing sight to see the huge structure perched atop a jagged rock, miles out to sea and surrounded—even in fine weather—by pounding surf. Cap took the helm to give all a great visual experience. As the evening wore on toward night, winds increased to force 7+ with heavy rain, making for a wet and wild evening watch, followed by a restful sleep.
June 26, 2015
Land ho? (!)
The sky is bright, the clouds are few and high, the raffee is full of wind, and the world, as Chief Mate Mack would say, is “luminous.” I write at 1850; I was waiting to start this entry until the end of the day in hope that we would have seen Ireland by now. We haven’t, yet, but the sun has been setting so late that there’s still a chance we’ll see it before the light is gone. Ireland is on the radar, less than 12 nautical miles to our north, and with our squares’ls and raffee set we’re sailing briskly through the whitecaps towards land.
June 28, 2014
C253 Web Blog - 28 June 2014
It’s very early on a gorgeous Saturday morning. We’re safely secured to the dock in downtown Cork, after a scenic transit of about 14 miles up the river from the Irish coast. We tied up at about 1730 yesterday, enjoyed a delicious All Hands dinner of pesto and fresh bread, and shared a final evening’s swizzle that showcased the many talents of our shipmates.