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December 09, 2021

34 Things to Love About SEA!

Rachel Meyne, Colgate University


Yesterday was my birthday and I want to thank all my shipmates who made the effort to make the day special. Katie made some string out of deconstructed line and Nick threaded a shell from Catalina Island onto it using a guitar string to make a lovely necklace. Kira made me a beautiful card that many people signed, and Cassie and Carson gave me a book of coupons that I will be cashing once we get to Hawaii. The first coupon I think I’ll use will be one Pina colada out of a real pineapple! After dinner I played cards some of my shipmates because they know that it’s one of my favorite things to do in my free time.

December 09, 2021

Shooting Stars or Flying Fish?

Lila Glansberg, 2nd Scientist

Spend a Semester at Sea

Hello, everyone!  Second scientist Lila here, pleased to be bringing you news of the avian variety.  As a skilled scientist and avid biologist, I have been spending much time with the masked boobies that have graced our yardarm and headrig (you are undoubtedly familiar with these birds if you have been reading this blog regularly).  I go and sit with them sometimes, and remain very still, occasionally emitting a squawk or two when it feels right.

December 09, 2021

Can’t; no legs!

Hannah DelVecchio, George Washington University

When crew and students first met each other nearly 3 weeks ago in the harbor of Catalina, there was a jovial feeling in the air, as if we all recognized almost immediately the close community that we would become. We’re bound by our love of the ocean, the absurdity of waking up at 1am, our mutual love/hate relationship with the boobies. That being said, there seems to be one force that binds us together more than any other: our communal love of hijinks and tomfoolery.

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December 07, 2021

Next Stop, Hawai’i!

Abigail Colby, Deckhand

Today is a special day on the Robert C. Seaman’s - it is shipmate Rachel’s birthday! Happy birthday Rachel! We celebrated with cupcakes for afternoon snack. The galley team might have overshot the frosting recipe and eager hands are now enjoying this miscalculation by the spoonful. I think we have an energetic afternoon ahead of us.

December 06, 2021

Local Apparent Port Stop

Carson Hill, University of Connecticut

Winds have been blowing a strong Force 6, sometimes Force 7. The swell and waves certainly have not seemed to calm down. Standing on the quarterdeck of the Seamans looking out at the horizon, we are often met with an immediate wall of water, rocking the ship dramatically and sending all loose items flying. Prior to coming on this trip, I would have shuddered at the concept of sailing in 15-foot swells. Now, I welcome the action!

December 05, 2021

An Ode to our Uninvited Guests

Hannah , Deckhand


Loyal followers of our blog already know that, for almost two weeks now, our dear ship has played host to a small colony of charismatic seabird: the booby.

December 04, 2021

A Message from the Sea

Colin Buse-Ruppert, University of Southern California


Hello world! It has been quite an adventure aboard the Seamans as we make our way out of the tropics and head NW towards Hawaii.

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December 03, 2021

We’re half way there!

Bella Duati, Syracuse University

Swells on Seamans

Believe it or not we are already on day 18 of sailing! 18 don’t even sound right to me and what’s even crazier is that we have deployed our 32nd carousel today! And as Katie previously mentioned before, we are encountering some honking squalls out here!

December 02, 2021

Nautical Milestones

Katie Boback, Amherst College


My day today started off about as early as one can- at 0030 for C-watch’s dawn watch at 0100. Those of us on deck rotated between steering at the helm, lookout, and performing hourly boat checks and weather logging.

Cassie Ferrante, Colgate University

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