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SEA Currents: Jul 2015


July 08, 2015

Steering & Shipmates

Christina Quinn, Sewanee: The University of the South

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

The day was introduced to me by a soft voice telling of a strong breeze and cloudy stars. Water swirled in and out of the porthole above my bunk as I secured a harness around my waist and climbed the pitching stairs to be given responsibility. In a rapidly-passing four-hour dawn watch, there is much to be done; I took the helm, hands twirling a classic wooden-spoked steering wheel, pulling 180° on the swaying compass towards center-line.


July 08, 2015

S-260 Aloha ‘Aina Concludes

Aloha ‘Aina faculty

Aloha Aina

Hello and Aloha from the island of Oahu and the beautiful windward campus of Hawaii Pacific University.  The final student has left the HPU campus and we must sadly draw the curtains on this academic adventure.  The final week back onshore at Oahu has been a busy one, as students complete their final projects and write their final papers.  But no worries, there was a balanced share of free time and an appropriate celebration of July 4th!


July 07, 2015

Whale Watching in Plymouth!

Emma & Oriana | Eleanor | Angelica

SEA Semester

Today we went whale-watching. Despite having to wake up earlier than usual, we all excitedly boarded the bus at 730 am to travel to Plymouth, MA. There was beautiful weather all day and we spotted quite a few whales, and even a shark! When the boat got back, we all explored the historic town of Plymouth. We saw Plymouth Rock and visited many stores on the town’s Main Street.

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July 07, 2015

PIPA, S-261, Gets Underway

Jan Witting, Chief Scientist, Sea Education Association

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

The start to our voyage could not have been more propitious.  The wind blowing down the mountains overlooking Honolulu was of right direction and strength to allow us to set a topsail while only ship’s length away from the pier and sail out of the busy harbor in high style.  The chain of Hawaiian Islands act like rocks in a river and squeeze the moving air so that, like fluid water, it spills between the gaps in jets of faster winds.


July 06, 2015

Welcome Aboard, S-261!

All the students and crew of S-261 are safely aboard the Robert C. Seamans in Honolulu, HI.  The ship will spend several hours conducting pre-sailing drills and safety orientations before getting underway on the afternoon of July 7.  Give them a day or two to get their sea legs, then watch this space for updates on their voyage.


July 06, 2015

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) Lab Tour

Pen Hallowell, Dexter Southfield School

SEA Semester

We began the day by learning how to navigate the earth by using Polaris as a way to find the latitude and other early equations to find the longitude. We then traveled down the road to WHOI where we went to the Paleotempestology Lab where Stephanie works.

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July 05, 2015

A day as a Cape Cod Tourist.

Aida Stevenson, Albert Einstein High School

SEA Semester

Today I realized that Massachusetts is determined to make sure that nobody can finish their ice cream dishes. We were able to wake up really late today and enjoy the best quiche ever (yes Mom, even better than yours!) and then figure out the seemingly confusing washing machines.

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July 04, 2015

4th of July Science style!

Kenneth James, Urban Science Academy

SEA Semester

So on the 4th of July we had a pretty fun day. We designed ships with Carl in Maritime History and Culture class. There were a lot of intriguing ideas for ships; Robert had an interesting idea for a three in one ship that is a sub, boat, and could FLY. In Oceanography we presented vocabulary in a fun manner. My group and I did a rap with a little play going on along with it.

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July 03, 2015

SEA Semester S-261, Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

The students of class S-261, Protecting the Phoenix Islands, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans by Monday, July 6th, in Honolulu, Hawaii. After an extended stay in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, they will end their voyage around Friday, August 14th, in American Samoa.


July 03, 2015

Sippewissett Salt Marsh and Fun in lab!

Hilary Merriam, Branham High School

SEA Semester

Yesterday, we went to Sippewissett Salt Marsh and explored (scientifically, of course) all of the tide pools, eddies, and banks. We saw so many different species of plant, animal, algae, and even a sponge! After capturing and documenting these wonderful organisms, we released them back where we caught them, and took core samples of the ground. After packing up, we all walked to the beach and many of us got in the water to cool off.

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