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SEA Currents: Jul 2014

July 12, 2014

MOCHNESS + Pilot Whales

Mackenzie Haberman, A Watch, Chief Mate, Cheez-It-enthusiast


I’m not going to lie, today has been BUSY! Saturdays really are full of fun, learning and aquatic treats. Today started out for A Watch with a fast paced morning watch, sailing under all fore and aft sails up until our science station at 0900.  The much anticipated MOCNESS made its first foray into the depths for this trip with a 400 meter tow, cumulatively taking about two hours of towing time. Molly and Erik did some spot on steering, with over a mile of wire over the side.

July 12, 2014

C254 Blog 12 July 2014

Doug Licitra, Saint Joseph's University


Doug here, reporting in on our third night in France. Douarnenez seems like a great city. All of the locals have been very welcoming and kind (even when I painfully struggle to place an order speaking in jumbled French at the crepe restaurant). I had never had crepes prior to this trip but I think I’ve eaten more than enough to make up for the lost time.

July 11, 2014

Approach to the Equator

Marissa Shaw, B Watch, Sailing Intern


Hello to all you Lovely Land Lubbers (We love alliterations here aboard the Mama Seamans), this is Marissa, 1/3 of the D.O.D, or Department of Deckhands that is sailing this awesome PIPA SEA Semester.  Today has been yet another glorious day aboard, and as we pasted through the meteorological equator aka the Doldrums, aka the ITCZ, we have been able to secure the Main Engine and sail once more.

July 10, 2014

S254: The Interviews

Ashley Meyer & Chrissy Dykeman, C Watch, 3rd Mate & 1st Scientist


Good evening and welcome to a special segment of the S254 blog, these are your intrepid C watch officers Shlee and Chrissy reporting live from 5° North News at 2100. Tonight we bring you breaking news on the goings-on aboard the SSV Robert C Seamans. We interviewed several crew members here in the Pacific on their thoughts on a variety of topics and events that we have experienced lately. The format for the first set of questions was rapid-fire, stream-of-consciousness answers in order to get to the heart of the matter.

July 09, 2014

Launching the Argo

Molly Groskreutz, A-Watch, Wesleyan University


Today was an exciting day on the Robert C. Seamans.  It began with my first deployment of the Hydrocast!  The ships crew is divided into 3 watches and those within each watch rotate between deck duty and lab duty. Being that it took about 4 days for me to get my sea legs, I spent that time avoiding small, enclosed spaces.  I have, however, now begun to delve into the exciting scientific inquiries that are taking place in the lab.

July 09, 2014

C254 Blog 09 July 2014

Mo Howard / Ryan Furey, University of Rhode Island / Harvard University


Bon Jour from French waters!
Mo and Ryan here, reporting for C-254 13 miles off the coast of France! After one of the crew (we won’t say who) broke the cardinal rule of not touching the “Winder-starker,” Cramer’s on board weather controlling handle, we had a brief bout of winds lighter than the horse latitudes. However, after hanging said crew member’s shoes off the starboard quarter, Neptune granted us good luck and better winds, and we are on track to arrive at Douarnenez Bay a day ahead of schedule.

July 08, 2014

C254 Blog 08 July 2014

Mo Howard / Evan Watkins, University of Rhode Island / Purdue University

Mo and Evan here reporting from Dawn watch! It is a slightly chilly early morning here on good old Cramer. We are currently watching the Sun rise quickly and brightly. At these latitudes in summer, it will be in the sky from 0300 to 02300. Light winds yesterday forced us to heave-to for our entire watch, which gave us time to learn and re-learn lines.

July 08, 2014

The Magnitude of the Ocean

Clare Feely, B-Watch, Cornell University

Today marks a week aboard the Seamans!! While finding sleep amid the bustling schedule on deck has been the biggest adjustment for most, I believe we are beginning to settle into the routine of watches, meals, cleaning, and class. With watches rotating every three days, each day blends and blurs into the next. Our skin is tanning (or in some cases, reddening) to the sun’s powerful rays, our hands are toughening to the continuous processes of setting and striking sail, and our bodies are slowly, but surely, acclimating to the constant roll and sway of the ship.

July 07, 2014

Down the River Lee

Elliot Rappaport, Captain

After two very productive days spent learning the ship and studying local history in Cork, we boarded a pilot yesterday at 1230 for a trip down the river Lee and back to sea. The trip downriver winds through a beautiful green landscape of agricultural fields, dotted with towns and Industry. Cobh (pronounced: “Cove”) is the main working port of Cork harbor, with wharves built a century ago to accommodate the White Star liners. On our way past, the staff of the harbor control office waved us farewell with a giant foam hand.

July 07, 2014

In the Lab at Sea

Jessica McGlinchey, B-Watch, St. Lawrence University


It is our 6th day on the ship, with 720 nautical miles behind us, we are seeing parts of the Pacific that many never will. The vastness of the sea has become apparent in the lack of human contact we have experienced since leaving Hawaii. In fact, we have yet to see another ship out here and, to my knowledge, there have been only two airplane sightings. Yet while there is very little human life out here, we (the students of S-254) are just beginning to explore the great abundance and diversity of life around the Seamans in her lab.

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