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Current position of the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the tools, top right, to change the map style or view data layers. Dates and times use GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

Carly Cooper, University of South Carolina


This morning when one of my shipmates so kindly woke me up for morning watch, one of the first things I started to think about was what in the world was I gonna write about in my blog post.

November 29, 2021


Nicholas Romano, University of San Diego


Over the last few weeks we have become very well acquainted with every part of our small city. Our hourly boat checks take us to all corners of the boat, through the storage compartments in the hold and the engine and machinery rooms.

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November 28, 2021

Local Apparent Thanksgiving

Sophia Lacambra, Barnard College

selfie on the quarterdeck

As I’m sure you’ve read in previous posts, life aboard the Seamans revolves around the 18 hour rotating watch cycle that ensures the boat’s constant forward motion (except for science!).  While this cycle optimizes our progress toward Hawaii, it means that there is never a moment for the whole boat to take time to be together without at least a few of us having the responsibility of tending to the ship.

November 27, 2021

Lead up to the LAT

Adam Young, Emory University

Dumbo the heteropod

Hello, world! It’s been quite the busy past few weeks, what with sailing a boat across the Pacific and all. In just under two weeks, we have made the Seamans travel nearly 1,500 nautical miles. For a while there, I wasn’t completely sure if we would ever turn off the engine, but we’ve reached the Northeasterlies and haven’t dropped the sails since.

November 26, 2021

All in a “day’s” work

Hannah DelVecchio, George Washington University


Trade winds, alas! After almost a week of motorsailing on and off the winds have finally filled in and we’ve turned the engine off (for now at least…the doldrums await us).

November 25, 2021


Kira Becker, Northeastern University


So it was my birthday yesterday and it was seriously the best birthday ever.

November 24, 2021

1000 NM

Carolyn Mavretish, Amherst College


After waking at the ripe hour of 1030 am, I crawled out of my bunk in Sleepy Hollow with squinty eyes, blinded by the daylight.

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Students aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans have now deployed six NOAA buoys on the southwest-bound leg of their voyage to Hawaii.

November 23, 2021


Matthew Robertson, Muhlenberg College


All of this memorization of the lines we’ve been doing has led up to this day; where we were tested on our knowledge by way of the traditional line chase.

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Eva Hart, Guilford College


First time on deck tonight:

Being up on the quarterdeck this evening after watch was magical.

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