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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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January 30, 2017

Williams-Mystic S17 Heads Offshore

Lisa Gilbert, Chief Scientist, Williams-Mystic

SEA Semester

Good afternoon from the SSV Corwith Cramer. I’m Lisa Gilbert, Chief Scientist and Williams-Mystic professor, here with my colleagues Prof. Mike Nishizaki and Teaching Assistant Hannah Whalen, the Spring 2017 Williams-Mystic students, and Cramer’s professional crew.  The S17 Williams-Mystic students arrived Mystic Seaport just one week ago from colleges and universities all over the country, and now here we are 7 nautical miles off the coast of Puerto Rico.

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February 05, 2016

0 to 60: The Saga of Life Aboard a Ship

Mauro , Admissions Director, Williams-Mystic

C Watch in their foulies

Greetings from the Cramer, about 17 nm from Virgin Passage. This is Mauro once again with your daily update.

C-watch had an uneventful watch yesterday from 1900 to 2300. Winds were light and variable, and eventually died down around the time A-watch took the deck. Despite all our best efforts (singing and whistling wind songs, trying to do wind dances), we couldn’t muster any winds. A-watch used the relatively low speed to do a midnight Neuston net tow, capturing, among other things, larval eels (Leptocephali) and spiny lobsters (Phyllosoma) which were presented to the crew at our 1430 class by Stu and Virginia.

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February 04, 2016

On nautical science, sail handling, and the music of a ship

Mauro, Admissions Director, Williams-Mystic

Science presentations on board

Greetings from the Cramer, currently located within eyesight of the island of St. Croix (we’ve yet to make landfall-we’re just sailing on by!). This is Mauro once again with your daily update.

Last evening’s watch, like all watches, proved to be an exciting one. With wind direction changing and wind speed picking, A-watch had the opportunity to strike the main sail at 2000 yesterday evening. For the first time on our voyage our group had to strike the main, under the cover of night with 10 people. A-watch succeeded in their task, and then quickly proceeded to strike the jib. This required some brave individuals to go out on the bowsprit and furl the jib. Special shout-out here to Cloey (College of New Rochelle ‘17) who, without hesitation, was the first to make her way to the bowsprit, clipped in with her safety harness, and climbed out to the very end and began furling the jib! Great job to everyone involved-it was an excellent team effort.

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