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February 02, 2020

Williams-Mystic Students Visit St. John

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The first day of February, Saturday, aboard Cramer was full of science and sail handling. The trade winds allowed each watch had the opportunity to practice gybing the ship as land was once again on the horizon.  To prepare for a field trip ashore on, we diligently struck the sails and dropped anchor in Francis Bay on the island of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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January 30, 2020

Williams-Mystic S20 Offshore Blog 3

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Another exciting couple of days at sea here on the Corwith Cramer!

Yesterday we had a sketching workshop aboard Corwith Cramer, led by Sketch Biologist and Williams-Mystic alumna Abby McBride F04.  Abby’s work as a science communicator combines her love of biology and sketching.

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January 29, 2020

Williams-Mystic S20 over the Puerto Rico Trench

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Greetings from the Williams-Mystic S20 class aboard the Corwith Cramer, where we are heading toward the Puerto Rico trench on calm water under a sky full of bright stars.

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January 27, 2020

Williams-Mystic S20 goes to sea

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Greetings from Williams-Mystic aboard the Corwith Cramer!  The Spring 2020 (Williams-Mystic S20) class traveled from Mystic, CT to San Juan, Puerto Rico yesterday. We spent our first evening aboard and most of today getting to know the professional crew, learning about the ship, and doing safety drills.

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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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