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Hello there landlubbers!
Today is a very special day for S-277, as this is the first time we are not at dock or anchor while aboard the Bobby C! We left anchor outside of the Auckland marina at about 1500 and have our sights set for Russell, in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Bay of Islands.
Hello all! It is hard to believe that Class C-277 has only been living on the Cramer for 4 days now; it already feels as though we have been here a lifetime-in a good way! The theme for the past few days has been adjustment, with everyone adjusting in their own time to the challenges of life at sea, including sea sickness, small living quarters, and the ever-present elements.
Hi there, friends and family!
Today began earlier for B Watch than it did for the other watches, as we were assigned to the first dock watch. Dock watch was done in pairs for two-hour shifts. It involved doing boat checks each hour from 2100 through 0700 in the morning, when we ate breakfast.
For those fortunate among you to have set sail on a long voyage nothing more need be said. You can share in the exhilaration of this moment that is encapsulated by the beaming smiles worn by each member of the ship’s company. All the planning and preparation, hard work and sacrifice have led to this moment.
Hello friends! Today not only marks Valentine’s Day here in NZ, but also our first full day on the ship. We started the morning off by splitting up to do some more training. We spent last night doing the “orientation station rotation” at which we filled our brains to the brim with new boat knowledge, including how to do an hourly boat check and check the engine room.
Our second day in program was an exciting mix of exploration of the port environs of Old San Juan, continued orientation/safety training and first-hand accounts of life in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of this year’s devastating hurricane season.
To start the day, we took a walk into the historic district and examined the fortified aspects of this 16th century port city that was so integral to Spain’s early colonial economy, acting as a gateway to the colonial possessions in Central and South America. Indeed, the deep and protected bay, now lined with modern port infrastructure, highlights the continued importance of San Juan to the economy of Puerto Rico and, indirectly, to the Caribbean as a whole. The morning walk ended at the very impressive fortifications of El Morro, overlooking the entrance to San Juan Bay. After exploring the many levels of the fort, students slowly worked their way in smaller groups back to the ship, taking in more of the city sights before lunch.
SEA Semester in the News
SEA Semester Immerses Stonehill Students in Oceanography and Nautical Science Leadership
Stonehill College News
For many, it’s an irresistible call: The opportunity to study for six weeks at the world-renowned Sea Education Association (SEA), which happens to be little more than an hour from Easton, followed by a month aboard a tall ship research vessel off the coasts of Fiji, New Zealand, or the Caribbean.
“I’ve never learned so much in such a short period of time,” said Kate Morneault ’16, an accounting major and environmental studies minor whose adventure led her to the South Pacific off the coast of New Zealand. “It was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life. I learned that I can do anything I put my mind to.”
Full of positive energy and frequent smiles, the CCC (Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean) students boarded the SSV Corwith Cramer this afternoon, and our Sea Component began. The first days aboard are busy ones for the students as they’re exposed to the language, etiquette and culture of this new environment.
The students, faculty, and crew of S-277, The Global Ocean New Zealand, have all arrived aboard SSV Robert C. Seamans, docked in Auckland. Following two full days of intensive ship training, coupled with visits to a local Maori community and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, we will set sail for the Bay of Islands.
SEA Semester in the News
NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Service
An undergraduate research voyage in the Caribbean with SEA Semester presents a perfect opportunity for scientists from NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) to continue their research on humpback whales.
For the past six years, a scientist from the NEFSC’s marine mammal acoustics group has joined one of the annual at-sea portions of a Sea Education Association (SEA) course. This year, the Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean course will include Genevieve Davis, a marine mammal scientist in the passive acoustics research group at the Center’s Woods Hole Laboratory.
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