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Jul

23

Mental Toughness

Carmen Chan, A Watch, Cornell University
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Nothing about SEA Semester is easy. From memorizing all 54 lines of the ship, dealing with sea sickness while still expected to complete your responsibilities, to doing daily clean ups in steaming hot weather after 6 hours of dawn watch, every task pushes me beyond my limits. There are days I feel incapable, times I’m upset, moments I miss home incredibly, but what encourages me to face new challenges during the start of every morning is what Cassie, our Chief Mate who was our Watch Officer, said to my watch the first day:

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Jul

22

Family

Kate Benson, A-Watch, Stetson University
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

I do not get homesick.

I was raised to be independent. My younger brother and I were given every opportunity to flex our self-reliance. From very early ages, we were encouraged to follow our passions and seek out new experiences-no matter how far from home they took us. We didn’t have to worry or fret; we were secure in the knowledge that our parents were at home, patiently waiting for us to return to them.

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Jul

21

An Eventful Day

Jared Rose, B Watch, Skidmore College
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Today marks our second day docked at Kanton, and it has been an eventful one. The morning started off for my watch, B Watch, tending to the Robert C. Seamans as we were tasked with helping reposition the fenders, which protect our ship from crashing into the dock. After completing this task, we then helped to prepare the gift our crew was to give the people of Kanton during tonight’s potluck dinner.

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Jul

20

Ashore in Kanton

Buster Coe, A watch, Oberlin College
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Today was our first day ashore in Kanton. We spent the day snorkeling, doing chores around the boat, doing school work, and exploring the island. My watch, A watch, got to go snorkeling an do work/chores today, we’ll get to explore the island tomorrow.

The day started with a brief all hands meeting on the quarter deck with a briefing of the day’s festivities

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Jul

19

Arrival at Kanton Atoll

Candela Guo, C Watch, Barnard College
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Today was a special day for the SSV Robert C. Seamans and everyone on board, as we finally made it through our nine-day sail from Pago Pago, American Samoa to Kanton Island, Republic of Kiribati. Each day the temperature gets higher and higher as we approach the equator, but our spirits remain high, especially after we passed by Enderbury Island yesterday. I had never seen a coral atoll island before, and it reminded me of many fiction stories I’ve read about surviving on a deserted island, which was a little weird since Enderbury Island looked so calm and pretty.

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Jul

10

S-274 Gets Underway

Cheryl Bube, Lab Hand
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

It has been an eventful first day here on the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Morning activities for student participants were filled with an enlightening and refreshing walking tour to the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center in Pago Pago, American Samoa. During our visit, our crew had the unique opportunity to speak personally with Fisheries Observer and Biologist, Michael Marsik, from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. Tuna canneries on the island of Tutuila provide many jobs for American Samoans, so it was invaluable that Marsik could provide us with excellent background information on local tuna fishing methods and regulations.

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Jul

09

Shore-side Orientation

Chris Nolan, Captain
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Class S-274 has spent the past couple days learning about their new home, the beautiful ship SSV Robert C. Seamans.  During this shore-side orientation in American Samoa, students have learned about aloft safety, science operations, cleaning routines, boat checks, sail handling, line safety, meal routines, and a host of other important things that will set them up for success when we leave the dock tomorrow afternoon.

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Jul

08

All Aboard!

All the students of class S-274: Protecting the Phoenix Islands, have boarded the SSV Robert C. Seamans alongside in Pago Pago, American Samoa.  First order of business: a good night’s sleep after a long flight!

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Jun

11

Stanford@SEA: The Palmerston Community

Lindsay Allison, Stanford
Stanford@SEA

For this blog post I want to share something I wrote about our time in Palmerston a few weeks back. Its bit delayed, just like the time it took to process what an incredible experience it was.

Church hymns still resonating in our minds, the rhythm pulsing through our veins, we made our way to the gazebo area where Mary Marsters and her family ate lunch together on Sunday after church. We sat in silence waiting for all members of the family to arrive.

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Jun

07

Stanford@SEA: Arrival at the Kingdom of Tonga

Diego, Stanford

After 7 days at sea (8 if you go by the calendar), we have reached The Kingdom of Tonga. The ship’s calendar shifted at midnight and, just like that, June 6th never happened on the Robert C. Seamans. However, as some other posts have touched on, time morphs into a bizarre animal when rotating through watches, weather conditions, and the ocean’s restless motion.

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