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SEA Currents: port stops


May

14

Science and Policy Meet in Bermuda

Mark Howard Long, Ph. D., Associate Professor, History & Social Science
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Dear loyal readers,

After almost a week of field trips in Bermuda we are now making our way home. One of the aspects of teaching at SEA Semester that I find most rewarding is the way that we routinely examine the intersections between history, policy, science and exploration, all in an inter-/multi- disciplinary setting. Our time in Bermuda this week was spent investigating how all of these threads come together in this unique part of the world.

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May

13

Bye Bye, Bermuda!

Anna Brodmerkel, B Watch, UNC Chapel Hill
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

After a week in Bermuda, Mama Cramer is back out to sea and we are headed to New York! This morning we had all hands on deck helping to prepare the ship before we left Bermuda. We made quite a mess during the port call, especially with all the dock lines out from yesterday, and it was time to clean, clean, clean! I felt like I was cleaning my house before leaving for vacation; there was sweeping, mopping, and scrubbing, along with coiling, hanging, and furling.

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May

12

One Last Hoorah

Megs Malpani, Starboard Watch, Brown University
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

What a beautiful last day in Port! Unfortunately, the ferry to the dockyard was canceled due to gale force winds (Force 8), so we had to improvise for the class field trip. Instead, Mark, gave us a quick walking tour of St. Georges, discussing its history of maritime culture. We learned about Bermuda’s role in trade and got to visit the St George’s museum (a world heritage site).

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May

11

Science, Policy, & Trash…Oh my!

Paige Petit, Starboard Watch, College of the Holy Cross
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Although we have only been here for about 5 days now, our routine morning stroll to the courtyard in St. George’s already feels instinctive to me. This morning we started off with a special treat from our amazing steward, Sabrina, …homemade bagels! She never fails to keep us full and happy, which is definitely a priority when your daily schedules are as packed as ours are.

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May

10

A Rock in the Middle of the Sea

Madison Lichak, Port Watch, Barnard College
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

I spend a lot of time thinking about the moments that led to this one. There is nothing like living on a boat for 22 days to make you think about time’s influence on your life. To think about prior moments and decisions that have led to this one. To think about the way that we got to this specific point in time.

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May

09

The Perfect Day

Shannon Cellan, C Watch, SUNY ESF
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Only just getting back to Mama Cramer at 2240 is a bit rough as my bed time is often 2 hours earlier. As I am writing this I am suffering from the satisfying exhaustion one only gets after a long day filled to the brim with great adventure. For me personally the day started off at 6:30 because I was the assistant steward this morning! And since it was our wonderful steward’s (Sabrina) day off I was assigned the task of slicing bananas and bread, as well as taking cereal from the cabinet to the breakfast buffet for all. Exhausting, I know.

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May

08

Stalactites and Chandeliers

Vanessa Van Deusen, Barnard College
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Today was eventful to say the least! From touring a fellow academic sailboat, to being reunited with our Ocean Policy professor, there was a lot to do. Furthermore, it was our first full day in Bermuda, and consequently, our first full day off since the beginning of the sea component. Everyone’s day began together with another wonderful breakfast cooked by the lovely Sabrina. We then mustered (all met) on the quarter deck before being set free on the island.

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May

07

“Land Ho!”

Karrin Leazer, Starboard watch, University of Washington
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Hello again friends!

This morning, we were awoken by the sound of crashing pots and pans and banging doors.  The leftover dishes from the night before were flying across the galley counter and the closet door someone forgot to latch shut was swinging wildly out of control.  The winds were strong, and the ship was rocking and rolling harder than it has in a while.  “Karrin, this is your 6am wakeup.  Breakfast in 20 minutes, watch in 50.  Wear a jacket its cloudy and could rain.”

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May

04

Gratitude

Megan Frey, Sailing Intern
Ocean Exploration

Where to begin?  I have to quote our Captain Jay and say, “.and this is my life!” For over a month now, 32 of us have been sailing along the South Pacific, learning about our roles on board the Brigantine, how to help each other grow and standing up to the challenges and rewards that Nature has to offer.  I would not want to be anywhere else.

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May

02

S-272 Gets Their Land Legs Back

Helen Dufel, 3rd Assistant Scientist
Ocean Exploration

Our first full day on land included new cultural experiences, exploration, and a boat ride faster than 7 knots! This morning we were greeted by a group of local Raiateans who gathered at the base of our gangway and welcomed us all to their island. We were treated to traditional music and dance and even joined in with our less graceful interpretations. We then preformed some of our own shanties which turned into a tropical jam session all around. I learned that language barriers are nothing when faced with the power of song.

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