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SEA Currents: Jul 2016


July 23, 2016

Setting Sail from Kanton

Kevin Freymiller, A watch, Reed College

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

After what seemed like such a short time, our 3 days at Kanton had come to a close. I woke up before sunrise at 5am, for one of the last anchor watches. Shortly after breakfast, A watch took the deck to prepare the ship for departure. We removed the sail covers, and stowed the gear on deck. I was surprised how much had accumulated throughout the ship, as we quickly adjusted to the temporarily flat surfaces. We pulled the extra small boat out of the water from our makeshift dock, and stowed it on the roof.


July 23, 2016

Ocean Currents, Density, and Movies

Jacques Slaughter and Caroline Cassese, Eton College & Moses Brown School

SEA Semester

Today, we woke up to Sabrina’s banana muffins, and headed to watch meetings where we learned a new knot: the bowline. Then, we headed to class where we discussed maritime history with Carl in the morning, looking in particular at the United States South Seas Exploratory Expedition and the work done by various scientists like Benjamin Franklin and John Harrison.

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July 23, 2016

The Chief Engineer

Tanner N. Tillotson, Chief Engineer

Historic Seaports

For all those keeping score at home, I’m sure you’ve heard plenty about our majestic sailing vessel, her crew scurrying to and fro to learn their lines, haul up massive sheets of canvas, and charge through the howling seas to another exotic destination.

Now, let’s talk about the toilets.


July 22, 2016

WHOI Studies Tar Samples Collected by SEA Semester Students

Doug Karlson, Communications@Sea.edu

SEA Semester

Researchers have struck oil at SEA’s Woods Hole campus; well, not exactly oil, but tar.

Thousands of samples of floating tarballs have been collected in surface tows on SEA Semester cruises over a period of more than 30 years and have been carefully stored away in small glass jars, unstudied.  Until now.

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July 22, 2016

Taking a Breath in Kanton

Jennah McDonald, American University

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Today was our final full day in beautiful Kanton. After an entire day exploring the island and last night’s spectacle of food, song, and dance, that we shared with the residents of Kanton, I was left with sore muscles (and vocal cords), burnt skin, mangled toes, and a full heart. After so much activity, most of the Robert C. Seamans crew needed some R&R. When we were told we would be spending half of the day today exploring another part of the island, I was excited but not sure I was up for the task.


July 22, 2016

Goldfish and Baseball

Arden Carling and Julia Thompson, Middlebury Union High School & Montclair Kimberley Academy

SEA Semester

This morning the group oozed out of bed at 6:40, as usual. After everyone had finished breakfast and their cleaning assignments we moved onto Watch meetings. This particular morning we responded to one of the prompts in a brief paragraph. The prompts (as you may have heard) are phrases having to do with either leadership or problem solving. Some of the prompts are “Assume nothing so you can better adopt chaos” and “Never cut what can be untied.”

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July 22, 2016

Quantitative & Qualitative

Leona Waller, C Watch, Sailing Intern

Historic Seaports

Good evening family and friends. Or I guess good morning for most of you, 7-10 hours behind in the states I’m pretty sure. But then again I didn’t know it was Friday until a minute ago when I had to check for this blog entry… Anyway.


July 21, 2016

Yesterday or Today?

Morgan A. Lloyd, B Watch, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Historic Seaports

Alright, today, today, what did we do today? Let’s see… How about I start with yesterday? That’ll help me keep things straight. The rotating watch shifts have me just slightly more discombobulated than working as an overnight manager did.


July 21, 2016

Experiencing Kanton

Jinxue Chen, St. John's College

I found it most unexpected in my life on the sea is how people get affected by their surrounding environment. From the perspective of my personal experience, we are deprived from internet and news currently. I hardly read anything every day. But I got used to this new life immediately. The thing I contemplate the most nowadays are food, seawater, zooplankton. Aristotle, Descartes from St. John’s College seem to be so far away from me. From a cultural perspective, I realize how such tropical sea is absent in most cultures. Every time when I see moon hanging aloft in the sky, shedding silver lights all over the sea, I recall some Chinese poetries depicting moon and Yangze River, the swimming prisoner from Mount Cristo, several stops on the journey of Odessey, the young man from Kafka on the Shore.


July 21, 2016

Another Successful Day

Daniel Wahl and Jacob Athamni, Acalanes High School and Falmouth High School

SEA Semester

Today, we started like we do everyday, up at 645, breakfast at 7, and class at 830. We began with our first look at marine life in Oceanography. Next we had a guest speaker, Greg Berman come talk to us about Cape Cod Geology, how it was formed, and how to maintain the beaches. After morning classes, we split to lunch.

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