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SEA Currents: Oct 2016


October 08, 2016

Field Day on the Cramer

Emily Clark, Reed College

The Global Ocean: Europe

Today we embarked on our third day of nine on our way towards Cadiz. The waters were calm and the skies, for the most part, were clear and bright. Monday through Friday our early afternoons are spent on the quarter deck taking classes, but Saturdays hold something different: Field Day!

Although the ship is cleaned every day during Dawn Cleanup, once a week we come together as a crew to give the Cramer a much deeper scrub.


October 08, 2016

The New Normal

Chloe Keating, A Watch, Hamiton College

SPICE

The Robert C. Seamans and her 38 crew are back to a state of perpetual motion. (You may have noticed that we acquired another member: Ano, our Tongan observer, will be with us until we reach Suva!) We raised anchor in the early hours of the morning and began our voyage towards Tongatapu. This being our second leg at sea, we’ve been given more responsibilities, and started to become comfortable with handling some aspects of the ship’s operation.


October 07, 2016

Sweaty bodies, sweating lines

Yarrow Randall, American University

The Global Ocean: Europe

Hello from the middle of the sea!

After the wild winds of last night, walking up on deck into the cool breezes and sunshine the following afternoon was quite refreshing. Earlier, the Morning Watch deployed the shipek grab twice and collected sediment samples for Dan and Ellen’s research project. They also deployed the carousel to get water samples at different depths for Allie, Jared and Spencer’s project on nutrient levels.


October 07, 2016

Wholly Cra’pula

Eliza Krause, A-Watch, University of Redlands

SPICE

This morning my day started off with dock watch at 0600. The mornings here are cool, calm, and have beautiful sunrises. At 0700 we had a wonderful breakfast of oatmeal and delicious condiments cooked by our amazing steward (Cook) Bex. Today was one of the best days here in Tonga. We met with a local Tongan woman named Peti who brought her granddaughter and her friend.


October 06, 2016

Botany and Marine Biology in Tonga

Olivia Shehan, C-Watch, Hamilton College

SPICE

Today I woke up at 0600 for my dock watch to a beautiful sunrise in Vava’u, Tonga, and it set the tone for what was going to be the best day yet of this trip. After an awesome breakfast made by Cooney, our honorary steward, and reassured the incoming cargo ship was not going to kick us off the dock, we were let loose to explore the market before heading out for the rest of the day’s activities. The market is a wonderful place to see the different handicrafts in Vava’u.


October 06, 2016

Leaving Mallorca Towards New Adventures at Sea

Ida Lerche Klaaborg, Copenhagen University, Denmark

The Global Ocean: Europe

We are now gently moving away from Mallorca seeing the beautiful island getting smaller and smaller behind us as we move towards new adventures on our cruise track. The sun is peeking out from a 7/8 cloud cover in the sky and the wind, coming from SExS, is taking us into deeper waters as we leave the Bay of Palma now 5.15 nm away. Steering 213° on the helm, the Cramer is going steady 4 knots in the “blue blue blue” [dead dead dead] ocean (this phase is used to explain that a blue ocean indicates that there is little life in the water, as opposed to green water).


October 05, 2016

Gleaning Day

Heather Sieger, C Watch, College of the Atlantic

SPICE

Our first full day in Tonga was filled with much excitement as we explored parts of Vava’u and met with people from the Vava’u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA)! Today began with a 0800 pin rail chase in which the watches competed against one another, relay style, to find each line we were told. All of the watches did great, all finishing around the same time, but C Watch won by just a hair!

Getting onto shore, we met with Karen, Courtney, Seini, Meredith, and Lisa from VEPA.


October 05, 2016

Meeting Mallorca

Allie Dumas, Kenyon College

The Global Ocean: Europe

Hello friends and family!

Today I am writing you from the wonderful island of Mallorca at Porto Pi! I am so excited I am able to write to you today because it is one of the first days I have not felt sea sick since we left the port in Barcelona. I have definitely learned the importance of Bonine and water! On a brighter note, today was our first and only full day on the island of Mallorca.


October 04, 2016

Whose Line is It, Anyway?

Francesca Korte, B Watch, Wellesley College

SPICE

Greetings from Vava’u!  Mama Seamans made her way into Tonga at roughly 1300 this morning.  Barely recovered from dawn watch, which ended at 0700, I forced my sleepless self from my bunk and up on deck to join my shipmates in their eagerness to reach land.  It is now 1552, and I sit in the on-board library writing this as a few Tongan customs agents are guided throughout our floating home by our Captain Jay.

Us students seem to be acclimating well to life at sea.


October 04, 2016

Bienvenidos a Mallorca

Jared Moelaart, Eckerd College

The Global Ocean: Europe

Hola amigos y familia,

It’s been three days since our departure from the Port de Barcelona, and we arrived in style as a class to Mallorca, currently docked at Porto Pi, a naval base near Palma at around 1000. After an all hands lunch, students and faculty were free to take some time to explore land for the first time in three days. Students noted patterns of tourism, commercial shipping, and immigration as we are working on our papers for Maritime History and Culture.


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