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February 10, 2019

C-284: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

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Following five weeks of coursework at the SEA campus in Woods Hole, students join the SSV Corwith Cramer in St. Croix on Feb 12th.  Their sea component ends March 22 in Key West, Florida, following port stops in St. John, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman.

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January 14, 2019

SEA senior steward Ger Tysk profiled in The Maritime Executive

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SEA in the News
Air Force Veteran Inspired by Moby-Dick
The Maritime Executive

“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas…” ? Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

In 2014, Ger Tysk of Houston, Texas, was recently out of the U.S. Air Force and ready to take on a new career. An avid reader, she picked up a copy of Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by the American writer Herman Melville. This story of a notoriously elusive white whale that sinks the whaling ship, Pequod, pivoted Tysk’s imagination towards a career at sea. Tysk was glued to the pages, yearning to see whales and wildlife while sailing the open ocean.

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October 16, 2018

At Anchor (Not Much Longer!)

Carol Ruffini, University at Albany

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Good afternoon from all of us aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer! Today is an exciting day. Although we have been anchored for our first few nights of the cruise, we anticipate to be underway in a few hours.  This means that everyone on the ship, such as the professional crew, students, and scientists will be working diligently to keep us afloat and safe until we finally set anchor at Grenada in the Caribbean after 2000 miles of sailing upon the open ocean.

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May 25, 2018

WHOI and SEA Scientists and Crews Connect in Bermuda

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SEA Semester in the News
Two Ships Pass
Popping Rocks (WHOI Blog)
By Adam Soule

Traveling to beautiful ports-of-call is one of the benefits of conducting scientific research in the deep sea. The port of call for the Popping Rocks 2 cruise was St. George’s, Bermuda, an idyllic tropical oceanside town, but there was a sight waiting for us that made it feel more like home. In addition to the brightly-colored homes and businesses, we found the familiar shape of the Corwith Cramer, a two-masted schooner that about 20 college undergraduates call home for a semester-long experience learning about sailing and oceanography, tied to the same wharf as R/V Atlantis.

 

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September 22, 2017

Caribbean Update

Together with the rest of the world, we at SEA have followed news of the hurricanes that have caused such widespread destruction and loss in the Caribbean. Our hearts go out to our friends and collaborators and to the communities affected by the devastation.

Because communications have been interrupted, we still don’t have complete information about the well-being of our Caribbean friends and the condition of many of the places we regularly visit, though we are working hard to find out more. We can report, however, that the SSV Corwith Cramer was not in the region (it is currently in Belfast, Maine) and so our own SEA students and crew were not directly affected.

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May 01, 2017

Upcoming Open Ship Events

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The public is invited to visit the SSV Corwith Cramer to learn more about Sea Education Association and SEA Semester at several Open Ship events in the coming weeks.  If you’re in Boston, New York or Woods Hole, we hope you’ll drop by! 

Wednesday, May 24: New York City, South Street Seaport, Pier 15, 3 - 6 pm

Saturday, June 3: Woods Hole, Dyers Dock, 3 - 5 pm

Wednesday, June 7: Boston, Moakley Courthouse dock, Noon - 3 pm

Friday, June 9: Boston, Moakley Courthouse dock,  Noon - 3 pm

Due to the nature of busy harbors, specific locations and times may change, so please check back as dates approach. 

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April 25, 2017

Meet Sailors for the Sea’s Onboard Reporter!

Doug Karlson, Communications@Sea.edu

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We’re thrilled to once again join with Sailors for the Sea, a leading ocean conservation organization, for our “Onboard Reporter” program.

This is a special partnership that began last year. Each term, one SEA Semester student is designated as Sailors for Sea’s “Onboard Reporter,” and receives a $1,500 award.

This spring, the Onboard Reporter is Anna Brodmerkel, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Anna is currently sailing aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer as a member of C-273, Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (known around here as MBC).

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April 20, 2017

Getting our SEA legs

Kata Rolf, Labhand, C259 Alumna

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Hello dedicated blog readers,

It has been a little over twenty four hours since we got underway, and what an exciting time it has been! We’ve set and struck sails, experienced at least three of the ship’s ranges of motion, felt queasy, taken more anti-seasickness medication, deployed our first Neuston tow, and made it through the first of what will be many watches to come.

The students are all enthusiastic and eager to experience everything that the ship has to offer, from cleaning dishes in the galley to watching dolphins interrupt yet another afternoon class. This is not my first time on the ship, but it is my first time not standing a watch. I have become what they call an “other” (someone who does not have a rigid schedule the way most other people on board do), and I find myself thinking more so on this trip than past adventures about what it was like to experience everything for the first time.

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April 19, 2017

Off to a great start!

Laura Cooney , Chief Scientist

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Hello friends and family,

Today was an exciting day on board the SSV Corwith Cramer!

The day started bright and early with 6 am wake-ups for A watch and 6:40 am wake-ups for B and C watches, and it’s been a steady stream of new experiences and important training for the students-turned-crew of class C-273 ever since.

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January 20, 2017

SEA selects Front Street Shipyard for SSV Corwith Cramer major maintenance

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After thorough search and evaluation, Sea Education Association has selected Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine for SSV Corwith Cramer’s upcoming major maintenance period.

“We are excited to be working with the staff and management at Front Street Shipyard… for planning and implementation of this important work period for SEA’s senior flagship,” said David Bank, SEA Director of Marine Operations.

An extensive work list is planned, including maintenance on the rigging, engineering systems, galley and living spaces. The work will take place from June through August 2017.

SEA President Peg Brandon expressed thanks to the SEA Marine Operations Department, and to the SEA Ship Committee for their efforts in this project: “The Cramer is now approaching 30 years of age, so it’s important that we continue to invest in her so that she may continue to fulfill our mission at SEA.”

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