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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

April 21, 2020

Center of our Snow Globe

Helen Dufel, Assistant Scientist, B-Watch

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Hello friends and family! It has been 15 days without a speck of land in sight! While the ocean constantly changes shades and temperaments it is hard to tell one patch of ocean from the next. I could almost convince myself that we have stayed in the same place if I never glanced at the chart with our cruise track that is rapidly streaking northeast across the South Pacific.

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April 16, 2020

Fast and Adjective *****

Kate Enright, Mate

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****Note:  to happily poke fun at the absurd nature of nautical language, and also to give readers at home a fun activity, this blog post is in “Mad Libs” form. Please fill in the numbered blanks with the parts of speech included in the blanks.

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April 13, 2020

Date Lines and Fish Tales

Sonia Pollock, Sonia Pollock, A-Watch, Assistant Engineer

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Hello Robert C. Seamans fans, friends, and family! We’ve had a pretty dreamy start to our voyage, with strong favorable winds allowing us to sail fast and put more than 1,000 nautical miles behind us. The weather has been getting warmer each day and now in the afternoon, off-watch crewmembers can often be found whittling, reading, and playing music on deck in the sunshine.

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Sabrina Hutchinson, Deckhand

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Time flies when you’re sailing along at 8 knots! We were finally able to turn off the engine after nearly 24 hours underway, it feels so much better to just be harnessing the power of the wind. This is the first time I’ve stood watch in over three years and I am having an absolute blast.

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Kylie Wiegel, S-290T, Steward

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Hello from the Steward (cook) onboard, Kylie! A bit of background information on why I’m on the boat right now: I was originally contracted to do Oceans & Climate and happened to be in New Zealand early before the international borders closed.

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Anna Wietelmann, Assistant Scientist, S290T Watchstander

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Alongside Starboard Side to, Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand - When I arrived to the Robert C. Seamans the evening of Saturday March 21st, it was under very different circumstances than a “normal” contract. Some things were very much the same; I was still excited to see my shipmates who I hadn’t seen I left the ship in Auckland six weeks prior.

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March 30, 2020

Final Reflections

Matthew Watowich, Carleton College

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This is my fourth attempt at writing this blog post. The previous ones have been disrupted by distractions from the news, chaos from traveling home, and, most significantly, writer’s block as I attempt to cram the extent of the past twelve weeks into a mere 500-word summary.


Marija Miklavčič, University of Rochester

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Despite the choppiness of the sea following the last of our gales, we arrived at Wellington Harbor enough ahead of schedule that we hove to for the night in Cook Strait. Even with doing that, we docked off of Queens Wharf around 1130, after only a few hours of navigating our way through the harbor.


March 18, 2020

Time of Reflection

Lindsay Agvent, University of Rhode Island

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A few days ago we found out that we would have to go home early from Wellington because of the COVID-19 virus, and since then we have all been trying to make the most of what time we had left. It’s been hard. Unfortunately, we missed out on the entire last leg of our trip that would take us to Christchurch.


Leif Saveraid, Luther College

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Today has been quite a day. When we arrived in Wellington yesterday, it felt like the world crashed into us. Today felt like two different worlds. As planned, we visited Te Papa, which is Aotearoa New Zealand’s national museum. As such, it tries to present a unified idea of New Zealand that people can support.

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