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July 09, 2014

C254 Blog 09 July 2014

Mo Howard / Ryan Furey, University of Rhode Island / Harvard University


Bon Jour from French waters!
Mo and Ryan here, reporting for C-254 13 miles off the coast of France! After one of the crew (we won’t say who) broke the cardinal rule of not touching the “Winder-starker,” Cramer’s on board weather controlling handle, we had a brief bout of winds lighter than the horse latitudes. However, after hanging said crew member’s shoes off the starboard quarter, Neptune granted us good luck and better winds, and we are on track to arrive at Douarnenez Bay a day ahead of schedule.

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July 07, 2014

Down the River Lee

Elliot Rappaport, Captain

After two very productive days spent learning the ship and studying local history in Cork, we boarded a pilot yesterday at 1230 for a trip down the river Lee and back to sea. The trip downriver winds through a beautiful green landscape of agricultural fields, dotted with towns and Industry. Cobh (pronounced: “Cove”) is the main working port of Cork harbor, with wharves built a century ago to accommodate the White Star liners. On our way past, the staff of the harbor control office waved us farewell with a giant foam hand.

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July 06, 2014

The Vastness of the Ocean

Alex Ruditsky, B-Watch, Northeastern University

Hour after hour, mile after mile, the horizon remains a flat blue constant. Clouds and some rain pass by overhead intermittently throughout the day and night as swells rock the Seamans back and forth. It seems as if the surrounding world is stuck in the same loop while life on board moves forward. The ocean is a big place. And by big I mean really big. Standing at the helm of the Robert C. Seamans for a few hours, it hit me today how much of our world is covered by blue.

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June 23, 2014

Falling in Love with Sailing

Heather Crosby, University of the South, Sewanee


Aloha Friends and family!

Wow! What a journey it has been!! I cant believe we are almost at the end of our sailing journey.  Over this short one week of sail time I have gained an experience of a lifetime.  From setting and striking the four lowers to collecting zooplankton from intense science deployments, this has been everything and more than I expected out of this program.

The last 24 hours has been the most exciting time on the ship.

June 19, 2014

C253 Web Blog 19 June 2014

Benjamin Sturmer, B-Watch, Maine Maritime Academy


Hey land lovers,
We are currently sailing (wind jammin’) over the Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge. I find it fascinating and so does our lab equipment with the chlorophyll A readings totally different from anything we have experienced so far! Hopefully in one of our next deployments we will catch some type of awesome sea creature that none of us has ever seen before!

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June 17, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 17 June 2014

Hunter Jones, A Watch, Eckerd College


We have now been on the Cramer for seventeen days! This seems insane to me, but on the other hand I can hardly remember land life. We are ending our 17th day, which means about ten days left on the Cramer. The past seventeen days have been a mix of hard work, utter happiness, exhaustion, excitement, and a pure learning experience. I feel I have learned about a whole other world I couldn’’t have tried to figure out without experiencing it. 

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June 15, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 15 June 2014

Carolyn Corbin, C watch, Swarthmore College


These are the voyages of the science ship Corwith Cramer; her mission: to explore new depths of the North Atlantic, and act as an ambassador on the high seas.

Today was another rousing Field Day aboard the Cramer!  Our weather at dawn was a bit dark and damp, but with calming seas and less rain than late, and by afternoon watch and class time at 1600, the cloud layers had lifted into puffy cumulous clouds, the seas calmed to a nice lapping swell, and the sun came out.

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June 08, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 08 June 2014

Beckett Colson


It’s hard to believe that it has already been a week since we all first stepped on the Cramer. In some ways it feels like it has been far more than a week, given the challenges of adjusting to the watch schedule, seasickness, and learning a new language and new skills. But things have started to fall into a rhythm on the boat. Pretty much everyone has overcome their seasickness either through time or “better living through chemistry.”

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June 06, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 06 June 2014

Jeffrey Morgan


To all on shore, we have spent a whole day with the engine off and the sails up!  A low pressure system just passed over us at the beginning of Afternoon Watch and has left behind it clear and sunny skies. We have been able to exercise most of the sails today, which was a great change from the motor sailing we had been doing with just the lowers up. Currently, we are flying the storm trys’l (still up from the low pressure system), the mainstays’l, the forestays’l, the jib, the tops’l and the rafee sail.

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April 27, 2014

Flying to Hawaii

Sam Eley, C Watch, Bowdoin College


We’ve had quite the week aboard the Seamans! Six days ago we shut down the main engine and have been flying towards Hawaii (stopping here and there to do a little science, of course) on a starboard tack ever since. The trade winds picked up to a Force 7 (28-33 kts) for a few days and brought with them swells twice as tall as I am that surged higher than the quarterdeck at times. Apart from making any attempt at walking below decks quite comical, the winds and seas have made for an exciting (and nerve-wracking) JWO phase!

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