SEA Currents: Apr 2014
April 16, 2014
Ahoy family and friends!
Today was a busy day here on the Seamans. Our Atlas Projects, which we’re working on in groups of three, were due today. My group, which includes Julian and Emma, are focusing on the issue of sea level rise in French Polynesia. Our project provided us with great opportunities to interact with locals in our various port stops and get their opinions on how their island might be affected by rising sea levels.
April 15, 2014
We are sailing under the four lowers!!!! We departed San Juan Harbor at 1800 this evening, after a long day of continued safety training. Now, students have to apply all they learned during the past 24 hours, while the ship moves about under them. We’re sailing on a starboard tack—- walk on the high side. The main salon tables are gimbaled—- don’t lean on them during meals. The swells are rocking us about—- one hand for you, one hand for the ship.
April 15, 2014
Today was a most glorious day aboard the Seamans. For one, our extraordinary steward Nina (with the help of her student assistant Drew) prepared a slew of meals fit for a king: cheesy fried eggs with biscuits and bacon, grilled sandwiches with French fries, and spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread! I’m getting full just writing about it!
However, the big event of the day was the Lab Practical.
April 14, 2014
We are back underway and remembering how this sailing thing works. It was an amazing extended stay in Nuku Hiva, full of lush tropical forests, waterfalls, and charismatic megafauna. Absolutely the highlight of my birthday was completing a boat check while on anchor watch around 4 AM, and being called up to the quarterdeck to watch one, then two, then three manta rays swimming up to our boat, floating dreamily around in our stern light, somersaulting and waving to us. It was breathtaking; I never imagined I would be seeing such a beautiful animal!
April 14, 2014
Greetings from the SSV Corwith Cramer, docked in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. Today is the beginning of a five week voyage for class C-252, SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. All of our students, visiting scientists and crew are now aboard ship and beginning to settle in to their new home. We will remain alongside the dock tonight while all hands take part in a thorough ship orientation and safety training.
April 13, 2014
It was a full day aboard the Seamans! We departed Nuku Hiva this afternoon after staying a little bit longer than originally planned. Next stop: Hilo, Hawai’i! We are all so excited to get underway again even though that meant leaving an amazing place. Fortunately for us, the transition was rather pleasant - one might even say magical - thanks to the gigantic pod of talented dolphins (a few hundred strong) that escorted us (they actually swam along with us for several miles) away from the island on the first leg of our journey.
April 11, 2014
Hello Family, Friends and followers of the S-252 blog,
Today was our fifth day anchored in Nuku Hiva; there were a couple of things that needed to be taken care of before going back out to sea so the crew decided to stay one more day in this beautiful place. It was a serene day aboard Seamans as students caught up on sleep and homework, and some of us started to learn arts of the sailor: expanding our knowledge of knots, making bracelets, and cutting and shaping sail canvas to make handcrafts.
April 10, 2014
We are anchored for Day 4 in Nuku Hiva and split time ashore between the Port and Starboard watches. The morning began early as many of the crew of the RCS went to speak with local fisherman and watch the morning catch be fileted and sold. This turned into an exciting marine biological learning experience when scraps from the cut fish were thrown into the water and quickly eaten by the local shark population.
Those onboard the RCS spent most of their time performing boat and anchor checks and preparing for the next leg at sea, during which we will transit from Nuku Hiva to Hilo, Hawaii.
April 10, 2014
The students of C-252, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Puerto Rico by Monday, April 14th. They will end their voyage in Woods Hole, MA.
April 09, 2014
Day 3 in Nuku Hiva: Students are divided into two groups, the Starboard and Port watches. One watch hurries to wolf down breakfast, pack an adventure bag, pack a bag lunch, and slop on sunscreen before being whisked ashore. They spend the day exploring the landscape and talking with local people. There are tropical fruits to be selected straight off of the sun-warmed tree and beautiful Nuku Hivan wood carvings and bone carvings to be contemplated.