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SEA Currents: Jul 2016


July 06, 2016

48 Hours Later…

Victoria Dickey, B watch, Hawaii Pacific University

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Ahoy! We have officially been sailing the ocean blue for over 48 hours on this beautiful ship. So far, we have learned some line and sail handling, shared some delicious meals, deployed hydrocasts and plankton tows, experienced a fair amount of vivid boat dreams during our few hours asleep, and cleaned our little hearts out. On our first day, we launched from Aloha Tower and hoisted some sails to get underway.


July 06, 2016

C-268, Historic Seaports of Western Europe

Historic Seaports

The students of C-268, Historic Seaports of Western Europe, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Cork, Ireland by July 6th. After a brief shore component on board, they will get underway, arriving in Cádiz, Spain by August 4th, with port stops in Brest, France, and Lisbon, Portugal.


July 05, 2016

Beach Clean-up!

Agatha Freedberg and Jack Pincince, Wayland High School and Bishop Hendricken High School

SEA Semester

Today we woke up to venture to Racing Beach with Jeffrey Brodeur (Communications Specialist Woods Hole Sea Grant Biology) on a clean up expedition. We split up into our watch groups, covering the whole beach. Our group took on the rocks, where we found a lot of ropes stuck beneath them. Although it was hard work cutting the ropes out, and most of us got covered in seaweed, in the end it was rewarding.

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July 05, 2016

Battling Seasickness and Deploying Science

Alison Gaffney, A Watch, College of Charleston

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Well, it’s been an interesting first few days on the Robert C. Seamans as S-268 begins our journey towards the Phoenix Islands Protected Area and eventually American Samoa. After finally setting sail from Honolulu yesterday, everyone has started the process of finding their sea legs. Those that were knocked down for the count during yesterday’s watch are up and moving today, which is always a good sign.


July 04, 2016

S-268, Protecting the Phoenix Islands, Begins!

Jan Witting, Chief Scientist

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

The ship’s company for the voyage to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area is safely on board. That makes it 40 of us, 23 students, 8 SEA crew members, 4 SEA scientists, 3 WHOI and New England Aquarium visiting scientists, a policy teaching fellow and an official observer from the nation of Kiribati. The ship is full, and after 24 hours of dockside orientation and safety training we are about to cast off the lines and head to the high seas.


July 04, 2016

4th of July on the Cape!

Caroline Flibbert and Izzy Pryor, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School & Newtown High School

SEA Semester

Today was a another great day at SEASCape with lots of interesting activities both in and out of the classroom. We had a class about international waters and fisheries management with Carl, in which we discussed fishing boundaries and the conflicts they’ve created. We also had a brief discussion about ship structure before Stephanie’s class, where we split into groups to teach each other vocab words in a creative presentation.

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July 03, 2016

Hōkūle’YEAH

Catherine Czajka and Alexander ‘Mac’ Ritchie, Walt Whitman High School & St. Paul's School

SEA Semester

This morning, we journeyed to Woods Hole to see the historic sailing canoe, Hokule’a, from Hawaii. We met with crew members who sailed on the canoe for two weeks straight and recounted to us the history of the majestic canoe’s mission. She was built in 1975 and has been traveling this round the world voyage since 2014, and planning to finish in 2017.

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July 02, 2016

Saturday Sun Day!

Luke Cimino and Lexie Rutherford, Downington STEM Academy and Ridgefield High School

SEA Semester

This morning, we woke up later than usual at 8:40 am! Once we got up, we had a delicious english muffin egg and bacon sandwich.

Today in Stephanie’s class, Oceanography, the focus was on Marine Life which was incredibly exciting! We played SWAT, a game that focused on answering questions about oceanography.

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July 01, 2016

Sippewissett Salt Marsh

Sami Schneider, Glenbrook South High School

SEA Semester

We woke up early this morning to eat a cereal breakfast and then did our morning chores. Afterwards, we went to a watch meeting where we wrote a short passage about a leadership prompt. We went to Carl’s maritime history and culture class to learn about the navigation methods of the European and Polynesians. We found it surprising that the Polynesians marked a certain animal as a sign of destination because of their cultural beliefs.

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