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SEA Currents: Jun 2016


June 06, 2016

Day of Halfs / Christmas in June?

Siobhan Laughy, University of New Hampshire

Pacific Reef Expedition

Well this has been a crazy journey, so much has happened over these last two weeks. Yesterday June 5th, marked our halfway point of the trip. Knowing this is wicked (I’m such a New Englander) exciting, but very bittersweet. I feel as if I have come such a long way in such a short time because of this experience. Coinciding with the halfway point on our calendar is the geographic mid-point in our sailing journey, Christmas (Kiritimati) Island; neatly situated about 1300 nm from both Hawaii and Tahiti.


June 06, 2016

The Sunshine of Endurance

Meg John, Goucher College

Transatlantic Crossing

Hello All!
A whirlwind of activity and sharp learning curves has been keeping all of us busy. The ever constant flow of the waves has been getting to many of us these past few days but slowly and surely we are recovering. Late in the evening and early this morning we found ourselves in the midst of some strong winds and rain.

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June 05, 2016

Nautical Nonsense: The Journey to Becoming Shellbacks

Hannah Adams, Trinity College

Pacific Reef Expedition

The event we have all been waiting for finally occurred: we officially crossed the equator.  Before we crossed, us pollywogs (non-equator crossers) had to be initiated by King Neptune in order to become official shellbacks (someone who has crossed the equator on a sailboat).  The staff who were already shellbacks dressed up in interesting costumes including body paint, masks, and hats, while the pollywog professional staff was blindfolded.


June 05, 2016

Sailing for Science

Deb Goodwin, Chief Scientist

Transatlantic Crossing

As we mark the passage of our first full day underway, routines aboard the Corwith Cramer are becoming more familiar. Everyone knows where to find a mug for hot tea during a chilly watch, when the ever-important snack bell is going to ring, and, increasingly, how to steer the ordered course at the helm and move safely about our dynamic home while going about one’s tasks. Afternoon class brought practice furling and setting sail, as well as the opportunity to sign up for a blog authorship time slot - one person per day, the ship’s company will keep you up-to-date with our activities, challenging moments, wildlife sightings, and tales from the voyage

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June 04, 2016

Pollywog Watch

Kylie Bold, Eckerd College

Pacific Reef Expedition

Ahoy from the realm of King Neptune! Today for Field Day we were visited by His Majesty’s messengers who so kindly informed us that dirty ships were not permitted to cross the equator, and with our arrival to this magical line quickly approaching we shipmates got down to work making the Bobby C. spotless.  Every last inch was scrubbed clean, top to bottom.


June 04, 2016

Safety Training

Chris Nolan, Captain

Transatlantic Crossing

Greetings from the fog.

After a busy night of orientation and familiarization to their new home, our new student crewmembers helped stand anchor watch last night as we sat on the hook in Vineyard Sound. This morning, we continued our orientation and safety training, including practicing our responses to fire, flooding, person overboard, and preparations to abandon ship.

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June 03, 2016

Underway!

Chris Nolan, Captain

Transatlantic Crossing

Greetings from the SSV Corwith Cramer,

Today begins the sea component of class C-267 in SEA Semester’s Transatlantic Crossing Program. All of our students boarded the Corwith Cramer today at 1400 hours and joined the ship’s company as student crew. We got underway shortly after, and had a nice send off from over 100 people on the dock who watched us depart.

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June 03, 2016

Living the High Life!

Andrew Musgrave, Humboldt State University

Pacific Reef Expedition

I started this morning off a bit early with a wake up at about 0045, our watch started at 0100 and continued through till 0700. During watch I was assigned to lab, one of my favorite jobs on the ship, with Hannah. In lab we did a large variety of tasks, we processed the previous watches Neuston tow and discovered a large spike in biovolume(we later learned it was due to equatorial upwelling caused by Ekman transport and the coriolis effect), We also measured the pH, chlorophyll-a concentration, and the PO4 concentration of our sea surface sample.


June 02, 2016

C-267: Transatlantic Crossing

Transatlantic Crossing

The students of C-267, Transatlantic Crossing, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Woods Hole on June 3rd after completing their brief shore component. They will depart Dyer’s Dock, bound for Cork, Ireland, arriving around Thursday, June 30th.


June 02, 2016

YoHo, YoHo, It’s a Pirates Life for Me!

Alex Pica, Stonehill College

Pacific Reef Expedition

When we were young we were probably all caught thinking of what life would be like if we were a pirate. Maybe one year we dressed up as one for Halloween, or went on the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride at Disney. However, one does not truly know the life of a pirate until you live as one. So far my journey on the SSV Robert C. Seamans has taught me many things about adjusting to life at sea.


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