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SEA Currents: Mar 2015


March 19, 2015

Class S-258, Oceans & Climate

Oceans & Climate

The students of S-258, Oceans & Climate, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in New Zealand by March 25th. They will end their voyage in Tahiti around Friday, May 1st.

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March 19, 2015

S-258 Students Tackle Tricky Ocean Policy Challenges

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Before they set sail from New Zealand next week, class S-258 showed us that they’re not only ready for an unforgettable voyage: They’re also well on their way to thinking like professional ocean policymakers.

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March 19, 2015

We’re good, but thank you anyway

Kathie Brill, Connecticut College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

“We’re good, but thank you anyway”, is a phrase we have used often on our Caribbean adventure in response to the many self-appointed “tour guides” and the local market venders who offer their services as we pass by on the street.

We were only approached a few times with these offers when wandering the streets of St. George in Grenada today.


March 18, 2015

Docked in Lyttleton/Christchurch

Sienna Valente-Blough, C Watch, University of Connecticut

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Well, we finally made it through the moments we all knew were coming; the last 24 of our time at sea, met by a lot of other lasts.  My last evening watch began last night, the 17th of March at 1900.  We came out to a sky full of cumulous clouds, winds coming out of the south by west at a beaufort force of 5, swells reaching over Conor, our tallest crew member’s head, and an unrecognizable sun threatening to set through the stormy clouds that hung ominously over our last day.


March 18, 2015

Some Visitors Aboard

Sam Wooster, University of Vermont

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

We’ve been anchored since yesterday morning just outside of St. George’s harbor, positioned at 12°02.9’ N X 61°45.6’W off of the Spice Island, also known as Grenada. Thankfully this time being firmly held in place by our two anchors. In the lee of the island, winds have been light, sometimes gusting to ten knots from the northeast, which have kept the Cramer pointed east towards St. George. I realized yesterday that this is the farthest south that I’ve ever been, and the strength of the sun down here is unbelievable.


March 17, 2015

Green Eggs and Ham

Annie Reardon, Union College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

After snorkeling we anchored! Our agenda for the afternoon was the long anticipated oceanography poster board project. Made through all hours and watches of the night with scavenged materials, our class produced resourceful and informative posters. But beyond our posters themselves was the palpable enthusiasm for each one of our topics. James spent hours mixing acid to identify smelly sediment.


March 17, 2015

Happy St. Paddy’s Day from Sea!

Mary Malloy, Professor of Maritime Studies

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

We are making excellent time on our way to Lyttleton. Cyclone Pam passed us well to the east, but provided some good southerly winds on the back side of the storm to propel us along. We now have just a few days left in what has been a really terrific program—on our campus back in Woods Hole, aboard the ship, and in all of our New Zealand ports of call. Our shipboard company has been remarkably companionable. The students have never failed to be enthusiastic and curious, even in challenging conditions.


March 16, 2015

Final Leg for S-257

Chrissy Dykeman, 1st Assistant Scientist

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Well, here we are in the third period of S257, with Otago harbor fading into the distance off our stern and just over a 200-mile journey ahead of us to Lyttleton. Six weeks of hard work are starting to come to a close as the students wrap up projects and papers for all of their classes. JWO/JLO phase continues and students are stepping up as leaders on deck and in lab to bring us home on this final stretch- a challenge that all are more than ready for, despite what they may think.


March 16, 2015

Tribute to C257 Crew

Corey Wrinn, Eugene Lang, The New School

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

I learned just yesterday that Leonard Nimoy had very recently passed away. I was taken aback, being a viewer of the Star Trek series old and new, and having Spock as an inspiration for myself. He was the chief scientist aboard the Starship Enterprise, advising Kirk’s every move with or without being asked to do so. One of the aspects of Spock that has inspired me, was the fact that he was so very aware and knowledgeable; unafraid to state his opinion about a matter or if he was in doubt.


March 15, 2015

What’s Cooking​!

Lauren Heinen, Steward

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Hi there.  I’m Lauren, the steward, and I just want to say that it has been an honor to feed your kids/siblings/friends. This group is a great bunch of eaters and that makes me very happy. They never fail to demolish a snack even if they have all just been whining about how full they are from lunch. When I made pannu kakku (Finnish pancake) for breakfast, they didn’t even question it and just said “I don’t know what this is but I can’t stop eating it.” How could a cook not appreciate that?


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