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October 01, 2019

Sailing Past the Block Island Wind Farm

Williams-Mystic, F19

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Dear Friends and Family,

We sailed offshore yesterday and all night, having spent two nights at anchor off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. From the deck, we could see the village of Menemsha, home to the Vineyard’s last fishing fleet and one of the main shooting locations for “Jaws.”

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September 26, 2019

In the Gilbert Canyon

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Dear Friends and Family,

It’s Thursday evening, and our journey offshore is nearing its halfway point. Over the last day, we’ve passed Georges Bank, the historic cod fishing grounds east of Nantucket, and are currently sailing across the northern end of Gilbert Canyon, just east of Oceanographer Canyon, neighboring features of the North Atlantic floor that only seem to have been named for Williams-Mystic oceanographer Lisa Gilbert. (Anyone following along from home can find us by tracing a line east from Asbury Park, NJ.)

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September 24, 2019

Williams-Mystic Program Begins

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Dear friends and family,

It’s Tuesday evening, and we’ve been underway for almost twenty-four hours aboard the Sailing School Vessel Corwith Cramer. We’re deep in the Gulf of Maine, well out of sight of land, east of Skate Bank and Newfound Ground.

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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

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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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