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March 09, 2019

Goodbye Jamaica!!

Allyssa Stevenson, A Watch, American University


At this moment in time, I am certain of three things:

1) There is no better place to watch the sunset than on the ocean, - with friends - on top of the Elephant Table.
2) Community is everything.
3) Ginger beer is (and always has been) better than Ting.

December 09, 2018

Corralling the Caribou

Sophia Stouse, B watch, Smith College


Today is the beginning of the end for S-283; we began the last leg of our voyage from Napier to Auckland. It is simultaneously bittersweet and exciting to think about how far we’ve come. This morning, all hands were on deck to help us get underway.

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topic: sailing • (0) CommentsPermalink

December 07, 2018

Bunk Love

Rose Edwards, Sailing Intern, College of the Atlantic '18


During a cruise with SEA Semester, there are many truly amazing things that happen and (for some reason) they always get all the attention on the blog. So this blog post is about a mundane comfort on the ship that is hardly ever mentioned. The title requires an explanation.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Caribbean Reef Expedition, • Topic: sailing • (2) CommentsPermalink

July 22, 2018

SEA Expedition arrives in Boston!

Bridget McElroy, Deckhand, A-Watch


Greetings from the Corwith Cramer!

SEA Expedition Session I has arrived safely in Boston! We were lucky to find many family members waiving excitedly as we emerged from the thick fog.

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July 13, 2018

Day Four for Sea Expedition!

Annie Stewart & Miya Khoo



Day four here on the SSV Corwith Cramer.  Today we finally left anchor, and are taking on the open ocean!  A relatively relaxing day here, filled with sunny skies and a gentle breeze from the south-east. After a fantastic breakfast of cheesy grits and a spread of fruit, we embarked on our daily watches and learned all about Neuston Booms with J-bear (our first scientist).

Categories: Corwith Cramer,SEA Expedition, • Topic: sailing • (4) CommentsPermalink

July 12, 2018

On reaching the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone!

Rosie Wigglesworth, A-Watch, Harvard University


Hi Everyone! My name is Rosie Wigglesworth and I’m bringing you the 6th installment of the S-281 blog series!  We’re almost a week and a thousand nautical miles into our journey.

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Protecting the Phoenix Islands, • Topic: sailing • (0) CommentsPermalink

July 10, 2018

Sea Expedition begins!

Steve Kielar, 2nd Assistant Scientist


Good evening all!

After leaving the dock, the afternoon progressed nicely from stowing dock lines to retrieving the rescue boat and, after some explaining from many a person in a blue polo, we set the fore and main staysails as we motor-sailed Southeast along Marthas Vineyard.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,SEA Expedition, • Topic: sailing • (22) CommentsPermalink

May 18, 2018

Hitting the Wall

Geoffrey Gill, A Watch, College of Charleston

Study Abroad at Sea

We’ve whipped our way out of Bermuda, wearing a little extra paint off of our starboard side from the steady port tack. After sailing for the last four days set for maximum sail area, the trip towards the coast has been pushing a zesty seven or eight knots. After taking our stop ashore and watching the little island of Bermuda fade into the distance, it has strange to take in how familiar and consistent the ocean can sometimes be.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topic: sailing • (3) CommentsPermalink

May 17, 2018

Notes of a “Voyager”

Doug Karlson, SEA Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Study Abroad at Sea

The wind has picked up and there are sizeable swells today - not the smooth, sunny conditions we’ve enjoyed since leaving Bermuda. It’s just after lunch and conditions may be classified as “sporty” as we approach the counter-current of the Gulf Stream - about Force 7 on the Beaufort Scale.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topic: sailing • (1) CommentsPermalink

May 16, 2018

Children of the Boat

Mason Martinez, B Watch, Macalester College

Study Abroad at Sea


Three days out from Bermuda. I’ve found that the first three days out from port prove to be the most taxing, both mentally and physically, as we have to readjust to the watch schedule, motion of the ocean, and extreme self-containment of sea life. That said, tomorrow is looking up. After a long dawn watch and 3 total hours of sleep last night I’m more than ready to sleep from 0100 to 1100 tonight after evening watch.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topic: sailing • (2) CommentsPermalink
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