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February 01, 2019

Dolphins and Sunsets

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Thursday began with students conducting a Science Super Station, including deploying a carousel in order to collect samples from throughout the water column, with the deepest from nearly a mile below the surface. As detailed in an afternoon class presentation by Angus from Middlebury, Dayana from Williams, and Charlotte from Wellesley, this information can be critical in understanding oceanographic processes, such as the way temperature and salinity change as the ocean becomes deeper and deeper, and in turn helps us trace the origin of such water.

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January 20, 2019

Williams-Mystic students join SSV Corwith Cramer

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Greetings from SSV Corwith Cramer!

On Sunday, January 27, the Williams-Mystic S19 class joined SSV Corwith Cramer in San Juan just in time for lunch.  For the last 48 hours or so, we have been busy learning ship operations, getting used to walking on a rolling ship, and enjoying being out at sea.

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September 12, 2018

At journey’s end

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Muscongus Bay, Saint George River, Maine - After making our way north to Maine, we anchored at Muscongus Bay Monday evening.  Through the night, we kept short anchor watches, which meant we also were able to catch some extra sleep.

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September 10, 2018

Williams-Mystic students learn their lines

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Williams-Mystic F18 enjoyed warm temperatures, calm seas and light winds for the first part of our offshore field seminar,  but as we head north the air is getting a little chillier and the wind is expected to pick up a bit.  With 15 knot winds expected, the students learned to reef the mainsail during our afternoon nautical class.  After reefing, more jackets and hats came out, and it’s starting to feel like fall.

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September 06, 2018

A day in the life of “A-Watch”

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Williams-Mystic F18 has quickly adjusted to shipboard life and the rhythm of standing watch, classes, meals, and sleeping.  For example, today “A Watch” had the morning watch.  The morning watch included a science Super Station dedicated to collecting water and data from the surface down to the seafloor of southern George’s Bank.

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September 03, 2018

Williams-Mystic program gets underway

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At anchor, Menemsha Bight, Martha’s Vineyard.

The Williams-Mystic F18 class left Mystic, CT Sunday morning and boarded the SSV Corwith Cramer in busy Woods Hole, MA Sunday just before lunch.  After some orientation from the ship’s professional crew, we cast off our dock lines and headed for an overnight anchorage in quiet Menemsha Bight, Martha’s Vineyard.

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February 07, 2017

Science Presentations

Lisa Gilbert, Chief Scientist, Williams-Mystic

SEA Semester

Good morning from the SSV Corwith Cramer.  We are heading toward Norman Island, BVI, with Junior Watch Officer Clay (SUNY Maritime) and A watch on deck.  Moments ago, we struck the topsail, after a morning downwind sail. Through the night, the watches worked with one of their own as Junior Watch Officer to set us up for an easy approach to Normal Island and they did an excellent job!

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February 06, 2017

Birthday at Sea

Lisa Gilbert, Chief Scientist, Williams-Mystic

SEA Semester

Good morning from the SSV Corwith Cramer!

On Sunday, February 5, a pod of dolphins surfed our bow wake at sunrise.

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February 04, 2017

Ashore in St John, USVI

Lisa Gilbert, Chief Scientist, Williams-Mystic

SEA Semester

Good afternoon from the SSV Corwith Cramer. This morning Williams-Mystic S17 went ashore in St John, U.S. Virgin Islands.  As the sun rose, we took the small boat ashore to gather on an empty beach for class and snorkeling. Prof. Mike Nishizaki and I discussed the geography, geology, conservation, and reef ecology of St John. Next, TA Hannah Whalen reviewed snorkeling safety.  Students put their notebooks down, and then paired up to explore the reef a few steps away.  As we swam, pelicans dove for small fish.

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February 02, 2017

A Sweet Day on the Corwith Cramer

Lisa Gilbert, Chief Scientist, Williams-Mystic

SEA Semester

Good afternoon from the SSV Corwith Cramer.  We are excited to be celebrating Sarah P’s birthday today!  Sarah (UConn) and the rest of B watch had breakfast at 0620 this morning.  What a treat: Assistant Steward Ger made scrumptious cinnamon rolls!

After breakfast, the watch came up on deck to begin their science Super Station.  Here the water is relatively shallow (360 m or 1180 ft deep) so we were able to use our sediment grab to scoop some carbonate mud off the bottom.  In with the mud were a few small shells and a live brittle star.

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