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SEA Currents: Dec 2015


December 05, 2015

Sun Kissed & Salty!

Eben Kopp, C Watch, Bowdoin College

Oceans & Climate

Hello from half way across the ocean. Today was our third field day aboard the Cramer and let me tell you.. she is looking ship shape! Field day is such a fun, exciting, and enjoyable way to give back to the ship that gives us so much. If there is one thing I’ll miss most about this experience, it will certainly be the excessive cleaning of the ship on a daily and weekly basis.

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December 04, 2015

Kowabunga in Whangaroa!

Erin Jones, B Watch, Mount Holyoke College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

The Robert C. Seamans sailed smoothly into Whangaroa Bay late this morning and anchored with a stunning 360-degree view of basalt rock formations, calm Pacific waters, and green treetops. The wave protection here is outstanding; I don’t think we’ve been in such calm waters even when previously at anchor. One of the rock formations in view is known as The Duke’s Nose, named after the Duke of Wellington during the period of overwhelming European influence.


December 04, 2015

Musings on sleep, science and sailing

Katarina Rolf, A Watch, Sailing Intern

Oceans & Climate

By popular demand - or final resort, really - I have been elected to write today’s blog about the goings-on of ship life and the like. This transatlantic voyage has been indescribably wonderful thus far. From catching and consuming flying fish to assisting with Sargassum wrangling to getting better at star fixes to running the Hunger Games on board, I don’t find myself with a whole lot of down time.

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December 03, 2015

The Boat Makes Everything an Adventure!

Katie Lyon, B Watch, Sailing Intern

Oceans & Climate

Hello, everybody! Greetings from atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. We’re pretty much in the middle, now: halfway(ish) through the ocean, and halfway through our trip. We plot our position on a chart every hour, but it’s hard to get a conceptual sense of exactly how “in the middle of the ocean” we are.

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December 02, 2015

Half Way

Griffin Harris, Amherst College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

As we approach our trip’s midpoint, I hope none object
To a very short poem, to help me reflect
And it is a bit cheesy, I know and suppose,
But between my five research papers, I am tired of prose
So without more delay, I will now speak to you
About our own Mama Seamans, and her thirty-three crew:


December 02, 2015

Anticipating Researchers’ Ridge

Farley Miller | Kate Enright | Anna Yoors, Assistant Scientist | Assistant Steward/Geology Morale Nerd | Sailing Intern

Oceans & Climate

We make our way towards Researchers’ Ridge, a seamount sprouting out of the mid-Atlantic ridge coming to within 420 meters of the surface. The hope is to be able to follow up on the deployments of last year’s C-256 and gather sediment samples from the seamount with our sediment scoop. A clever contraption called a Shipek Grab, it consists of two semi-circles, one of which, when cocked, nests inside the other, held in place by two large coil springs

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December 02, 2015

Video: Whales & Tall Ships in the South Pacific

SEA Semester

When you set sail with SEA Semester, you’ll see the world from a whole new perspective.

SEA Semester Professor of Oceanography Dr. Jan Witting captured this stunning footage of a pod of sperm whales while flying a drone camera during the summer 2015 Protecting the Phoenix Islands voyage aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans.


December 01, 2015

Poetry in a Dynamic Environment

Liam Gunn, C Watch, Bowdoin College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Shall I compare thee to a Seamans’ day?
Nothing personal, but the latter is not comparable.
Today’s dreamlike passage along our way
Will perhaps serve as a suitable parable.

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December 01, 2015

Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Travis Terrell Ramos, B-Watch, Colorado School of Mines

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Ahoy all –

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now time to break out the Christmas spirit! The company abroad the Robert C. Seamans has already begun to indulge in the holiday flavors through Santa Claus coffee mugs, decorations, and carols. The “creature feature” from the science report during class today themed around a Christmas carol, even though the base of it was for learning about an octopus that was caught in one of the meter net tows.


December 01, 2015

A Self-Reflection on Routine

Jeffrey Morgan, Boston University

Oceans & Climate

With each ocean swell I have lost touch with what a land routine is. We are currently in what you could call the middle of the ocean and I, and I am sure many of my shipmates, feel that ocean routine has taken over. When on shore, schedules are made and often changed, meals can be flexible, and plans are fairly easy to alter. However, aboard the Corwith Cramer, schedules need to be followed, meal time is always concrete, and plans need to hover around schedule because we do not travel far enough for them to stray. On the surface, ocean routine sounds predictable, yet is so far from that.

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