Welcome Aboard!

June 30, 2023

Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist

SEA crew Matt and Ali meet with the students of B Watch (Esther, Alden, Greg, MIkail, Parker, Rai-Ching, and Neil.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
41 deg 31.4’ N x 070deg 40.3’W

Description of Location
Alongside Dyers Dock in Woods Hole, MA

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Welcome to the SSV Corwith Cramer! The students and crew have now merged as one shipboard community. We are now a compliment of 24 student-crew and 14 professional crew – a full ship’s compliment – our crew for the upcoming voyage. The students have been given their Watch assignments (Alpha, Bravo and Charlie Watch, or A, B, and C) and at present are getting to know the Mate and Scientist who will introduce them to life aboard the ship. We all spent the night onboard, comfortably alongside the dock in Woods Hole, MA.

SEA Expedition students (Jai, Neil, Molly Colette, and Mikail are greeted by Cramer crew (Ali – B Watch Scientist).

Life aboard an SEA ship is always an adventure. Full of learning opportunities and responsibilities. Before we depart from Woods Hole each student must learn how to properly wear their safety harness, which allows them to safely deploy scientific equipment and climb into the head rig to furl sailsl. The students need to learn about the infamous Boat Check – an hourly walk through of all compartments on the ship to ensure all is well.  Students need to learn how to make detailed weather observations, and how to respond to various emergency scenarios such as fire or abandon ship.

And after all of this training guess what else is full, their minds, stuffed full of important information!  Some of it will stick, some will be lost during a restful night of sleep. But these lessons will become second nature as the days at sea go by and the routine of the ship schedule, the sailing and the science mission progresses. Soon the students will be seasoned salts speaking a new language and describing the strange customs of the sailing, research vessel SSV Corwith Cramer.

So please stay tuned and follow along in our adventures in the days to come.



Chief Scientist - Jeffrey M. Schell

PS  Sweet dreams to my darling rose and love to family and friends back home.

SEA Expedition student (Andy) encourages his shipmates Alden and Colette as they don their immersion suits.

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