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SEA Currents: Jul 2015


July 16, 2015

Places by the Sea

Shlomit Auciello, A Watch, College of the Atlantic

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

“Ports … places by the sea … they’re places of mixing, mixing and mingling.” –Prof. Dan Brayton

Last night we slept alongside the massive concrete dock on the Port de Rosmeur at the north end of this enchanting town. After rigging a gangway from lashed wooden 4x4s, the crew tested the somewhat rusty ladder that allows mariners to access land in tides that range more than ??? feet, and we began our investigations.


July 16, 2015

Anticipation

Madeline Schuldt, Bowdoin College

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Looking up at the stars from the bow of the ship, humming melodies at long last remembered from childhood, I thought of what the coming day would bring. Anticipation of crossing the equator, the first time for the majority of us, runs rampant about the ship. You can hear whispers of the projected time when we will cross it through the hallways, from Sleepy Hollow to The Foc’sle. An imaginary line divvying the globe into two sections, the equator holds different expectations for everyone.


July 15, 2015

Looking Out

Kyle T. Johnson, C watch, New College of Florida

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

We arrived in Douarnenez at roughly 08:00 this morning with the crew in high spirits. I have to admit that I was taken aback by the natural beauty of the area, despite the sea fog hindering visibility along the coastline. The rolling, green farmland on the coast across the harbor granted us an unexpected juxtaposition against the unmistakably European architecture of the town with its church spires towering in the foggy distance. As pockets of crowd gathered around the dock to watch us roll in, the crew was quick to absorb that it was easy to feel like a minor celebrity on board the ship when docked in a foreign harbor.


July 15, 2015

Approaching the Equator

Elise Ziemendorf, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Even though it’s all we see day in and day out, the Pacific Ocean never ceases to take my breath away. There have been days where it is flat and glassy, shimmering under the sunlight, and the deepest blue I have ever seen. On these unexpected days, I’m almost reminded of lakes from home, where the only obvious movement is ripples on the surface from the wind. Except then I look further to the horizon, and realize that this body of water has no visible end in any direction; its vastness is nearly incomprehensible.


July 14, 2015

Extending the Family.

Avery Birch, Dalhousie University

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

The journey this far has been exhilarating. An entire new experience with a wealth of people that have never been in the same room together before, let alone one ship. I wouldn’t have it any other way; this is where great things begin.

Personally, I took on this month long voyage to find mission and purpose in my life. While I can’t be sure which form this will take, or even if it will be noticeable right away, I can be sure that the events occurring on this vessel and the people who surround me will have a lasting impact on my future direction.


July 14, 2015

More Field Trip Fun

Nathan Kovacs & Dante Greco-Henderson, Nashoba Regional High School & Concord Academy

SEA Semester

Today we went on a research vessel where we studied many aspects of the water including plankton, scallop trolls, water testing, and underwater video exploring. We learned about many local species and environments from this experience. Next, we visited a geological center in Woods Hole. Within this center there was an interactive sand box which was an augmented reality of land masses and the characteristics of water.

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July 14, 2015

Little Jibby

Emily Callan, University of South Carolina, Columbia

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

We have now been sailing, or rather motoring, in the Robert C. Seamans for a week now. During my first week aboard, I have been able to experience many of the jobs that are needed in order for the ship to move and function properly. I have had the opportunity to be assistant steward in the galley, lookout at the bow, helmsman, and many others. Of all the positions I have had, by far, my favorite is being lookout.


July 13, 2015

How to Take a Shower at Sea

Isabella Martinez, A Watch, Brown University

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

The first thing I did today was fall out of my bunk. And then I was seasick. Really seasick.

At some point during the Dawn Watch (attended faithfully by C-Watch), the Corwith Cramer made its way into the portion of the Celtic Sea off the coast of Great Britain. There we discovered the true meaning of “wind and waves” as our suddenly small ship began to be tossed about like a little kid playing with plastic boats in a large bathtub.


July 13, 2015

A Typical Day

Samuel Hill, Furman University

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

An average day is hard to come by and is surely not missed. In this first week aboard the crew and myself have learned to sail and handle this ship as well as perform the scientific deployments and processing needed for our research. These are the basics - though they might seem like more - but all throughout these days I’ve had other experiences galore. One day was with our main engineer where I learned about the engines and the build of the ship, then promptly after applied these skills to help fix a leak on our starboard generator.


July 12, 2015

Sunday Fun Day!

Aida Stevenson, Albert Einstein High School

Today, we woke up in anticipation of meeting the students from the Lady Maryland. We also woke up to the most amazing crepes I have ever had, well maybe second best to the local crepe place in town, thanks to Emma and Theo.

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