At Sea Education Association, we live by a simple code:  Ship. Shipmate. Self.  It's about teamwork, attending to others first, and serving something greater than oneself. 
We're thinking about our community during this time and want to keep our shipmates connected with brief updates.  We're all in this together and hope the news, stories and scuttlebutt makes this challenging time brighter.

Homeward Bound!

SSV Corwith Cramer

As it progresses from St. Croix to Woods Hole, the SSV Corwith Cramer took advantage of a window in the weather to sail from Charleston, South Carolina, to Cape Charles, Virginia this week. Ship and crew are now waiting for the right time to continue heading home. Word has it that the crew recently feasted on fish tacos, thanks to two tunas hooked off the quarterdeck. They didn’t send a photo, so here’s one from a previous trip aboard the Cramer… so many great memories!

SSV Robert C. Seamans
at sunset
Deckhand Ella Cedarholm, S-278, aloft on the Seamans as it prepares for departure.
Sabrina Hutchinson, S-253 & C-259, with tuna aboard Cramer.
SSV Robert C. Seamans
During its 14-day period of self-isolation, it appears the SSV Robert C. Seamans has lost a little weight. Captain Sean Bercaw explains: "One phenomenon that befalls vessels is that they grow heavier with age [this is not unheard of with humans too!].  New equipment comes aboard and there's a reluctance to discard the old.  We have the opportunity here in Wellington to remove from the ship and throw away items that have accumulated aboard, from expired publications to broken oars.  None of this is 'rocket science' but it does take time and some knowledge of our operations – both of what we have with this unexpected available window of time."

In addition to shedding pounds, the Seamans received “tons” of TLC from its professional crew over the past two weeks. It was a good opportunity for maintenance from stem to stern. Finally, on Tuesday (U.S. time), the ship departed Wellington bound for Honolulu. Be sure to follow the voyage’s progress on the SEA Currents blog!


Home Schooling: K-12 Activities and Lesson Plans

If you are 'schooling' from home and looking for additional K-12 educational activities about the ocean, visit SEA's lesson plan section.  Developed by SEA faculty and alumni educators, the STEM lesson plans explore topics in Oceanography, Marine Ecology & Biology, and Nautical Science using common household items.
Turn STEM into STEAM with the SEA Critter Collection coloring book and use your creativity to color illustrations of marine animals found in our Neuston tows.
Show us your coloring skills!  If you post your coloring creations on social media, include the tags @SEASemester or #SEASemester, and we'll share it with the SEA community. 
Contact Victoria if you have any questions.  Have fun and keep creating and connecting! 

L to R: Gaia, Becky, Lydia, their son Arbor, and new furry addition: Boomkin

What we Learned about Self-Care from our Time at SEA

by Becky Slattery, S-242 & former steward
Life during social distancing feels similar to life on board. I am constantly meal planning, baking bread, making snacks, and feeling weepy when our weekly provisions arrive, and we have leafy greens once again.
While our toddler is still finding his land legs and our dog boots up piles of grass, my partner Lydia Mathewson [C-231 & former Mate] and I are caretakers for my grandmother who suffers from dementia so it often feels like standing watch with someone for the first time – everything is new and harder than it should be.  We have given each other some interesting haircuts and we are completely dependent on each other to get through this.

There are some stark differences from life at sea: we can have a cocktail whenever we want, we have a dog, and we can eat candy and listen to music without cleaning. 

We don’t know when this wild trip will end, but I can’t imagine it without practicing Ship, Shipmate, Self.

Left photo: Becky lays out fresh produce for cleaning, instinctively adhering to ship protocol.  Right photo: provisioning day on the Corwith Cramer.  Food arrives in refrigerated trucks and fresh produce and eggs are laid on deck to dry.  This helps mitigate mold when stored aboard, and stickers are also removed.  Dry goods, dairy, meat and other culinary items are marked with arrival date and then stored.

UPDATE:  Pacific Reef Expedition cancelled

We made the difficult decision to cancel S-292, Pacific Reef Expedition, due to continued uncertainty about the status of global health, travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.  Students and parents have been contacted, and we are working with them to join future programs.  Health and safety of our students, crew, faculty and staff are paramount.  We are posting COVID-19 related updates to our programming on the SEA website.
We understand this is a challenging time for everyone, and hope you are taking care of yourself, your family and helping whenever you can.
Thank you to those who have reached out to offer kind words and encouragement.  Your support means so much to us.
If you are in a position to make a gift to SEA, rest assured that it will be put to good use and greatly appreciated.  We have so much more to do and new shipmates to inspire!
Thank you for being part of our community.
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