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SEA Currents: Apr 2016

April 12, 2016

The Journey So Far

Adrian Britt, B Watch, George Washington University

Ocean Exploration

Life at sea is not easy, however, when things go right it feels great. Today I woke up at 1am for dawn watch which lasted until 7 am. We took down and put up many a sail as the winds grew ever stronger. I have been able to learn every line and rope on the ship, and how to put up many sails learning more as each day progresses. The ship requires all of our help to work properly. 2.6..HEAVE, has become a commonplace saying on deck as we pull to take out the strain of the ropes that keep our sails full with wind.

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April 11, 2016

We’re All in the Same Boat

Simon McIntosh, A Watch, University of Vermont

Ocean Exploration

It’s a cold but pleasant day here in the South Pacific. The winds have picked up as we left the cover of the islands allowing us to make some miles completely on sail power. With the wind picking up, the waves have begun to hit us from a distant storm. As the boat comes up over the peaks of the swells, it plunges down into the valley below. Every once and a while as the ship’s hull hits the next incline, the sharp bow cuts into the water causing a thud for the whole boat to hear; a sudden reminder that we are quickly cutting through the cold South Pacific on our way to warmer Tahiti.

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April 09, 2016

Exploring the Chatham Islands

Tristan Feldman, 3rd Mate

Ocean Exploration

The crew of the Robert C Seamans woke up this morning to their first field day, when the entire ship’s company worked for several hours to clean the entire ship. Everyone was very motivated to finish so that we could go ashore and explore the Chatham Islands. Once ashore we were met by Toni, a Moriori/Maori native who has lived on the island for the most of her life. We all piled into a bus and were taken on a full day tour of the island.

April 08, 2016


Nick Dragone, 3rd Assistant Scientist

Ocean Exploration

After 5 Days of sailing, The Robert C. Seamans has made it from Lyttelton NZ to the Chatham Islands (~500 nm). The Chatham Islands are Part of New Zealand, and are due east of the South Island. Locally, they are known as the Land of the Misty Sun due to ever present clouds and a rainy climate. We dropped anchor outside of Port Hutt around 1800 after spending most of the morning beating into the wind to reach the inlet.

April 07, 2016

Has it been a few days or a few months?

Jacob Flanzenbaum, C Watch, Cornell University

Ocean Exploration

I hate to start this entry on a cliché, but wow, it really is hard to find the words to explain just how incredible this trip has been already. Though we are only four days at sea it already feels as if I’ve been living on this beautiful ship for weeks. Each day has brought new incredible memories, new excitements and things to learn that make me love this ship and the people on it as if they truly were my home and family.

April 06, 2016

SEA Honored with National Science Board Award

SEA Semester

Sea Education Association/SEA Semester® is 2016 NSB Public Service awardee.

Today the National Science Board (NSB) announced that Sea Education Association (SEA) would be bestowed with its 2016 Public Service Award.

This esteemed award honors exemplary public service in promoting public understanding of science and engineering. SEA is the sole recipient of the Public Service Award this year.

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April 06, 2016

Learning sextants

Erin Rea, B Watch, Middlebury College

Ocean Exploration

It feels like we are all starting to get into the swing of life here aboard the Robert C. Seamans; you’d be surprised how easy it is to fall asleep at 0800 after standing watch from 0100-0700. In class today we got a break from hauling on lines and learned how to use sextants (so we know where we are).

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April 05, 2016

Hello from the other side (of the equator!)

Madelyn Cook, A Watch, Kenyon College

Ocean Exploration

Greetings from the SSV Robert C. Seamans! Madelyn here with the blog post. Today was a beautiful day in the south pacific. Our time aboard the Seamans has rocked so far (I mean this both literally and figuratively, as many of us are still working on getting our sea legs!). Everyone has made it past their intermittent bouts of seasickness, and based on all the singing/sporadic guitar and harmonica jam sessions I’ve been hearing, the ship is in quite good spirits.

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April 04, 2016

Sailing and Science

Chuck Lea, Chief Scientist, S-265

Ocean Exploration

This morning the wind settled down so that everybody could get their sea-legs beneath them and the scientific sampling could begin. We collected our first phytoplankton collection, our first surface net tow (the neuston net) and measured the temperature, salinity and oxygen content of the water.

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April 03, 2016

And We Are Off!

Gabrielle Page, 2nd assistant scientist

Ocean Exploration

Greetings from the Robert C. Seamans! It is my pleasure to announce that this afternoon the class of S-265 left Lyttelton harbor for sea. After just over twenty-four hours filled to the brim with orientations to shipboard life, our brave student crew put these newly acquired skills to practice and got the ship underway and sailing.

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