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SEA Currents: Oct 2016


October 14, 2016

Happy To Be Here

Colleen Brady, B watch, College of the Holy Cross

The Global Ocean: Europe

Well we made it – sort of. The boat remained in the water and the water remained out of the boat through a few days of rougher weather and waters. We woke up this morning to a sunny sky and water calm enough for science deployments in the Gulf of Cadiz! We will be officially docking in Cadiz at 1400-tomorrow afternoon. A palpable calm came over the boat as the realization set in that we will once again be on land (particularly among those who have been seasick).


October 13, 2016

Meanders in Nuku’alofa

Tarita Roy Choudhury, A Watch, Drexel University

SPICE

Today was our second day in Nuku’alofa and it started with a successful field day; not so much an entire day but more like three hours of intensely cleaning our lovely Mama Seamans and ridding her of any weird smells, fondly referred to as ‘mung’ among the ship’s crew. C watch got us all pumped and ready to clean by very creatively improvising words of popular songs to reflect our upcoming task. A personal favorite is “Everybody’s Mung-Fu Fighting!” It was a performance that I am very glad to have experienced.


October 13, 2016

Spain the Rock Johnson

Sarah Holter, B Watch, American University

The Global Ocean: Europe

(Actually, the British Autonomous Territory of Gibraltar)

As you may or may not have read, the weather has been a pretty steady form of spooky and today was no exception. My, and the rest of B Watches’, day began at 0030 when we were woken up for 0100 Dawn Watch. The entirety of our watch consisted of on and off rain and wind that drenched our banana suit foul weather gear and left all of us with just a single word to describe the feeling, damp.

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October 12, 2016

Strugs n’ Snugs

Kiernan Black, C-watch, College of the Holy Cross

The Global Ocean: Europe

The day started unlike many days for a typical college student. Usually at around midnight, I would be scrambling to finish a paper I had a month to write, sipping on my fifth coffee of the day and probably dressed in all cotton. Instead, I was strapped into the wheel box of a 135-foot brigantine, doing my lookout duties and only seeing 14 foot swells coming at our bow, all while wearing quick dry and a big yellow duck suit. What would I rather be doing? Most definitely the latter.


October 12, 2016

Riddles in the Dark

Andrew Prunk, C Watch, Connecticut College

SPICE

I don’t care how snooty this is going to sound, but it’s never a bad day when the first two obstacles I have to overcome are the butter annoyingly sliding off my blueberry pancakes and squinting through the sunrise at the view of an island I’ve never seen before. This is SEA Semester’s first time voyaging to the Kingdom of Tonga, and one could truly feel the cumulative excitement in the air as all 37 of us prepared to explore a new place for the first time, together.


October 11, 2016

Charismatic Megafauna!

Kat So, Northeastern University

The Global Ocean: Europe

We are never at a shortage for excitement aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. Last night, I fell asleep to the gentle rocking of the boat following the end of watch at 0100. I had nowhere to be until 1100 Mini Class and was looking forward to a restful sleep, something that is valued incredibly high here. Instead, I was unceremoniously tossed around my bunk in the foc’sle (the forward area below deck nearest the bow), to consciousness at 0700.


October 11, 2016

A Date(line) with Dolphins

Dan Mayer, Carleton College

The Global Ocean: Europe

My day today started exactly at 0000 - A watch was on evening watch, which stretches into the wee hours of the morning, and what an evening watch it was! At around 2300 (technically yesterday, but hey, read Ellen’s blog from Wednesday, 09 October), I spotted what I thought was a fin and heard a splash right off the port beam of the Cramer. “Dolphin!” I yelled, and most of our watch hurried over. We sat there for a second, but there was nothing there.


October 11, 2016

Wind, Waves, and Rain, Oh My!

Emma Karsten, A Watch, Hamilton College

SPICE

Things have been shaken up aboard the Robert C. Seamans today! Around 0200 last night, right after the dawn watch had taken over for the early morning, we sailed into the low pressure system that was moving towards Tonga. Fear not, we are all safe and sound and enjoying the bumpy ride. Dawn Watch experienced a nice, constant downpour, along with strong winds of up to 40 knots. It was a pretty exciting time, birds blown off the island were very confused by our presence and kept squawking at us.


October 09, 2016

Time is a social construct . . .

Ellen Jacobus, Carleton College

The Global Ocean: Europe

It’s difficult to write about days here, because a standard day does not exist. This is not a 9-5 job, this is not class from 10-12, this is not a day of 24 hours. It’s funny how important and irrelevant time can be, given the right circumstances.

If I want to write about my day, we need to consider: when did my day begin?


October 09, 2016

Volcano ho!

Clare McClellan, C watch, Vassar College

SPICE

I awoke on day 2 of our second sailing leg to a pink haze of sunrise off the port beam and a nice breeze blowing us along at 7 knots. What a perfect sailing day! Nothing but open ocean all around, except for one small island in the distance off to our right. Looking around and seeing only blue ocean and cloudy white sky still makes me catch my breath every time as I remember the awesomeness of where we are and what we’re doing. Our planned course will take us by two islands today: Kao Island, an extinct volcano, and nearby Tofua Island, where Captain Bligh of the famous Mutiny on the Bounty was marooned.


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