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February 10, 2015

SEA Semester Wins 2014 “Sea Education Program of the Year”

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At its annual conference last weekend in Philadelphia, Tall Ships America presented SEA with the prestigious award of 2014 Sea Education Program of the Year. This prize is “awarded to a program offered by a current member of Tall Ships America which has significantly contributed to the educational credibility of programs under sail.”

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December 12, 2014

Gybing, an unexpected treat, a Shipek and aloft!

Karissa Vincent, B Watch, Wheaton College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Though we only left Dunedin yesterday morning, that seems like ages ago to me as I am awoken from my slumbers by a voice informing me that I have 20 minutes until watch starts, that it’s slightly chilly on deck, but there are no signs of adverse weather. I grumble some semblance of “alright I hear you,” and as the voice walks away I slowly get out of bed. It seems as if I just went to bed not too long ago…

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December 10, 2014

Class S-256 Featured in Otago Daily Times


SEA Semester class S-256, The Global Ocean, was featured in the December 8 issue of the Otago Daily Times!

“A group of international research students are turning their eyes on Dunedin after setting sail for southern waters. The 23 undergraduate research students and 12 crew sailed into Otago Harbour aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans yesterday.

The 134ft steel brigantine tall ship, operated by the United States-based Sea Education Association (Sea), was on its first visit to New Zealand waters….”

Read the full article

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December 08, 2014

Trans-Atlantic Magic

Sean S. Bercaw, Captain

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

As Captain, one may think that my job revolves around ‘driving the boat,’ but it’s more like being the choreographer of a complicated dance production. I’ve been fortunate to be the Captain for this undertaking, and what an undertaking it is – When we drop anchor tomorrow off Portsmouth, Dominica we’ll have sailed in excess of 3,200 nautical miles, averaging over 7 knots of ship speed to complete the 23-day transit. This accomplishment will have been made possible by the focused efforts of the entire crew – the scientists, mates, students, voyagers, sailing interns, engineers, steward,  and faculty – as we set, struck, or reefed sail over 330 times!!

December 03, 2014

New Zealand is exactly like Nebraska… right?

Anna Bute, A Watch, University of Washington

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

First, THANK YOU to all of the family and friends that are keeping up with us via our blog and supporting us from afar. I cannot believe how fortunate I am to be spending my 2nd to last quarter of college studying with SEA on a
tall ship… in New Zealand… learning sailing and science (and some engineering) from an amazingly dedicated crew alongside some remarkable peers. Incredible, right? Everyone should get the chance to do this sometime during their lifetime!

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November 20, 2014

Moving South

Eli Steiker-Ginzberg, B Watch, Oberlin College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

The days are starting to fold into one another, almost like vacation but we are working harder than any vacation that I’ve ever been on. Today marks the day we round the northern most point of the North Island of New Zealand. This point is called Cape Reinga, known in the Maori language as Te Rerengawairua. I am not the only one aboard the ship to wonder if there is an appropriate tattoo that is coupled with this particular event in our maritime adventure (sorry Mom).

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November 20, 2014

Squally Night!

Emma Hayward, A Watch, Eugene Lang College - the New School for Liberal Arts

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

I suppose it all started during yesterday’s class.  Despite a rolling ship, the increasing winds and wave height was not enough to keep us from learning.  Faculty, crew, and students alike converged on the quarterdeck to hear the day’s weather, navigation, and science reports. Mama Cramer was racing along at a speedy 9.3 knots, and Craig stood at the helm while Nick, one of our scientific voyagers, began to explain to us just what his research project has to do with our ship.

November 19, 2014


Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Every day at sea is different than the next - not all that profound when you think on it, but already we find ourselves wondering - how are we going to top this day?  Did we already peak so early in the voyage?  Can it get any better?  Well, I suppose it doesn’t have to get better, it just surprises us in new and unexpected ways. and that is what we have for this Wednesday, the 19th of November. 

The day for me began at 0600 with a morning wake up - a call for breakfast and an off-hand comment that if I planned on taking my coffee up on deck to be sure and bring my foul weather jacket!

November 18, 2014

So long, Auckland!

Heather Piekarz, A Watch, Hamilton College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

After much anticipation, today we finally set sail from Auckland! The day started early, with an 0500 wake up to get going by 0600. Once we motored away from the dock, it was all hands on deck to raise a few sails and make use of this perfect sailing weather. The crew wasn’t kidding when they said the learning curve on board was steep. With all of our practice in port and doing it for real this morning, most everyone has gotten the hang of setting and striking sails. Now we just have to remember which one is which!

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November 03, 2014

Nautical Idioms

Jennifer, Maya, and Courtney, B Watch, A Watch, A Watch / Kenyon, Redlands, Sewanee

The Global Ocean

Hello, world!
Today, we sailed out of Madeira at 1300. It was the last time we got to leave port and set out to sea together, and it was incredible to see how far we have come as sailors since Barcelona. All three watches came together as the crew of the SSV Corwith Cramer. In excellent time, we hoisted the main staysail, the fore staysail, the jib, the topsail, and the mainsail.

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