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April 12, 2019

Sweat it Out

Sam Ahlman, B-Watch, University of San Diego


“Take it to the pin and sweat it!” is a phrase heard often setting sails on the Corwith Cramer (and one you may dread if your hands are on the fish halyard).  On a tall ship, sweating usually has a different meaning than it does on land. Sweating is what you do to get a sail the last little bit of the way up. On the Cramer (especially for me), both connotations of sweating apply.

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April 09, 2019

First part soon to be over

Embla Uleberg, B Watch, Norwegian University of Life Sciences


We are going into our second week here on the Seamans since we left Lyttelton. But it feels like we have been here for months! I have learned so much and been tested in various ways already.

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April 07, 2019

What a Day at Sea

Ally Nestler, C Watch, Warren Wilson College


Well today was field day, and for all of you who instantly thought of elementary school races and water balloon fights, think again!  Field day is a day of cleaning the whole ship (which we do every day) but more!

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April 06, 2019

Fancy Friday Fun and Albatrosses

Adrienne Tracy, A Watch, Colby College


Yesterday we left the Chatham Islands and our last sight of land for a while. We got to enjoy the calm seas in the port for a little while and we all got to sit up on deck and enjoy the sun! Some people even climbed up the foremast as we were leaving and got some great views of the islands.

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April 04, 2019

Life at Sea!

Josie Sullivan, C Watch, East Carolina University


We have now been at sea for four days! Everyone is starting to get in the swing of our watch schedules of 6 hours on and 12 hours off. Slowly but surely we are beginning to stop crashing into walls every second, hitting our heads everywhere we go, and learning how to not have everything spill off the rolling tables at meals.

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April 03, 2019

First Few Days aboard the Robert C. Seamans

Cecily Tye, B Watch, University of California at Berkeley


It’s our third day at sea! After the initial shock of getting used to the constant rolling waves, and the many subsequent donations made to Neptune in hopes of a safe voyage, it seems as though people are starting to get their sea legs.

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March 16, 2019

Row Your Own Boat: Important Life Lessons from Dad

Ava Stasiw, AB deckhand


Dear Dad,

Happy Birthday! Another year older, but never seeming to slow down. Did you ever think you would be here?

March 12, 2019

Pre-College Programs: the Silver Lining for Gap Year & Spring-Start Students

Doug Karlson,


Congratulations, the acceptance letters have arrived and you’ve been accepted to your school of choice… with one caveat. They don’t have room for you until the spring term.

Before you lose heart and settle for your second choice, remember that this is a regular practice and needn’t affect your overall college experience. In fact, it could be a great opportunity.

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March 11, 2019

Field Day Reflections

Andrew Foley, A Watch, Lawrence University


The second to last field day of the voyage is scheduled for today, but as I have learned with life aboard, the schedule is always subject to change. Since I am part of A watch, that means I have the joy of cleaning every surface and dish in the galley.

March 10, 2019

A New Phase Begins

Allison Taylor, Chief Mate


We started a new phase in our watch-standing, having departed Port Antonio, Jamaica a little over twenty-four hours ago.  Now we begin what is called the shadow phase on board, in which a student is selected from the deck team to “shadow” the mate during the entire watch, listening closely to all of the information, as well as calling the set and strike of sails and other maneuvers (with some guidance). We switched the watches as well, so it is a big change on two fronts.

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