SEA Currents: Jun 2016
After a nice breakfast of pancakes, we headed off to the town of New Bedford. It is most famous for historically being the whaling capital of America, and today it is the fishing capital of the country. We first arrive at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. This is a brand new facility that showed us an insight on what happens in the fishing business. Some people tried on a survival suit, which works as a full-body flotation device
Hello C-267 friends and family - we have safely arrived in Cork, Ireland.
Yesterday we approached the coast and anchored in Cobh, just southeast of Cork. While anchored our ship’s company cleaned the Corwith Cramer to make her more presentable for arrival to our final destination.
We had an awesome day today! After everyone settled in yesterday we started our classes. Carl, our Maritime Studies teacher, talked to us about why people are drawn to the ocean, and Stephanie, who teaches Oceanography, gave us an overview of the class and introduced us to tides.
We, the Resident Advisors are so excited to have all students on campus with us! It’s been a long day full of meeting new friends and learning about the next three weeks here at SEA, and we are almost ready to get a good night’s sleep before another big day tomorrow. Earlier, after the students said goodbye to families and got settled in, we enjoyed a delicious barbecue prepare by our live-in steward for the program, Sabrina.
The fortunate ones challenge themselves and push their boundaries. They attempt to enrich their life experience by stepping out of their comfort zones to see what lies on the other side of difficult. The challenging bits are different for each person and the rewards vary as much as this ragtag group of voyagers. Each of us on board are here for different reasons and seek different goals and we should not forget what drew us all here - to this ship, to this lifestyle, and to this voyage.
The students of SEASCape I 2016 will arrive on campus on Tuesday, June 28th. This three-week summer program at SEA offers motivated high school students the opportunity to study the marine environment from a variety of perspectives – scientific, historical, literary, and nautical. Participants live and study at our campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Academic programming is scheduled throughout each day, including on most weekend days. Coursework includes lectures, discussions, laboratory activities, and field trips; all introducing students to the study of oceanography, the history of humanity’s relationship with the oceans, and modern maritime issues. Teamwork, leadership, and sense of community are the underlying values of SEA’s academic curriculum. Participants not only grow as students, but as global citizens and individuals.
The students of S-268, Protecting the Phoenix Islands, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Hawaii by Sunday, July 3rd. They will end their voyage in American Samoa around Friday, August 12th, with multiple port stops in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.
Hello friends and family near and far,
Many of you will be ecstatic to know that, for the first time in three weeks, we have finally seen land! Everyone came up on deck this morning to a surprising view of islands (including Skellig Michael, which was featured in the latest Star Wars movie!) located off of the southwest coast of Ireland, which we were able to tour from afar.
Today during class time we had a poster session which gave everyone the opportunity to learn more about the projects the students have been working on this entire trip. Posters were set up around the deck and the rest of the crew rotated through to hear a short overview about scientific findings and leadership styles. We learned about water masses, phytoplankton, microplastics and myctophids, along with leaders including Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, Genghis Kahn and Grace O’Malley.
This is Saturday’s blog, but I’m writing it on Dawn Watch on Sunday morning. Time can be a tricky thing at sea! We’ve been seeing signs indicating our approach to land lately, and in the lab this morning I’ve noticed that we’ve reached a new ‘landmark‘: sailing onto the Irish Shelf! Our CHIRP bottom profiler has been tracking the seafloor thoughout our transatlantic voyage, and we’ve gone from 4,000m to 1,000m over the past 5 hours!