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SEA Currents

Catch up on news, events, and daily posts from SEA Semester voyages in SEA Currents, the official blog of Sea Education Association.

Sophie Vallas, A watch, Union College
The Global Ocean

Waking up I knew it was going to be a good day! How was I so sure? Today is my birthday, I turned 22! The day started with a sleepy chorus of Happy Birthday from my fellow shipmates over a delicious breakfast from Assistant Steward of the day, Maddy Savage and our ever so amazing Steward, Sabrina. After breakfast Eileen and I started an intense game of “Spit” which was quickly interrupted by Cassie, our watch officer, asking for our help.

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

0600 Everything within me is cold. Despite the insulation that surrounds me, I can feel the lower temperatures within swaying to the tune the swells dictate. My sleep was light and infrequent and the hope of rest is a small glimmer residing into the horizon.

Jeni Bennett, C Watch, Whitman College
The Global Ocean

Today the class visited the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the site of the signing of New Zealand’s founding document. The Treaty Grounds sits atop a hill, providing a panoramic view of the Bay of Islands region. Our guide, a Maori man named Owen, walked us through the grounds and we gathered around Ngaatokimatawhaorua, a 35-meter-long canoe requiring at least 76 paddlers that the Maori builders first launched in 1940. Just up the hill we arrived at a flagpole marking the spot where the treaty was signed on 6 February 1840.

Patrick Finn, Second Mate & Bosun
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Three days in port, now once again the crew of the SSV Corwith Cramer is taking turns standing watch on deck as we sail our ship towards the French Exclusive Economic Zone off Guadeloupe. The port stop in Dominica was rich in many ways. The locals opened up to the students allowing them to acquire valuable information for their projects and gain unique insight into the lives, economy and culture of this Eastern Caribbean nation.

Kristina Oney, B Watch, Wellesley College
The Global Ocean

This morning I woke up to the smell of bacon filling the air around me. I know this meant that Sabrina (our wonderful steward) was coming to wake me up soon. Sure enough, at 0545, she came by my bunk and delivered my wake up call. Today, I was the Steward’s Assistant. This meant that instead of joining my watch for our normal sea watches, I got to help out in the galley. I also was in charge of planning out the meals for today.

Perla Lara, B Watch, Boston College
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Our second day in Dominica consisted of a field trip to the Kalinago territory led by our tour guide Patrice. The Kalinago are the indigenous people from Dominica. We took a bumpy car ride that took about an hour to get us to the other side of the island, but offered stunning views of the mountainous and vegetative island. Our first stop on the tour was at David’s Cassava Bakery! Here we learned about the history of the vegetable as a native staple and how the technological advancements in David’s shop helped popularize cassava into a ready-made food that he could quickly make into bread for sale.

Jennifer Lutes, A Watch, University of New England
The Global Ocean

Here is a glimpse into my day so far:

We started our morning on dawn watch (0100-0700) with no moon light and slight rain with only frequent lighthouse flashes in sight. Not only was I treating a sunburn and feeling tired, but sea sickness had joined the party. If my mom ever says that motion sickness is all in my head again, I will convince her that it clearly is not.

Molly Pollak, B Watch, Barnard College
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

This morning at 0800 SSV Corwith Cramer anchored off of Portsmouth, Dominica! It was an exciting moment for our class as we successfully completed the first leg of our trip and were able to step on land for the first time in six days (a few of us noted that this was by far the longest amount of time we had ever spent not on land).

Austin Sun, C Watch, Colgate University
The Global Ocean

As a photographer, I try capturing what I think is beautiful in my pictures. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph amazing places such as the deserts of Arizona to the snowy peaks of Niseko, Japan. At these amazing places, I’ve always been able to capture beautiful moments in some way. A waterfall. A sunrise. The milky way. The possibilities are endless. Coming on the Robert C. Seamans, I thought that I would be able share the beautiful moments on board with photography.

William Fitzgerald, A Watch, Knox College

The Helm:
So far, I have had the joy of having a few hours at the helm of the ship. It is a powerful moment in my general watch duties because it gives me the power of navigation; the ability to take our vessel to where ever we may desire. With this power comes some of the boats eccentricities. The steering is not as smooth as one might expect.

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