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February 23, 2020

A Melting Pot of History and Culture

Lily Danna, Carleton College


Every place, whether a city in New Zealand or the average grocery store, has its own unique culture, notable features, and general vibe. One of the many aspects that made me so drawn to SEA Semester was that it allowed us to visit and experience many different cities and regions of one country.

February 23, 2020

An Ode to the Humble Dishwasher

Henry Wasserman, C Watch, Brandeis University


Howdy folks!

For those who don’t me, my name is Henry and I have never sailed before. Any previous experience I’ve had with sailboats or ships in general was very much limited to my neighbor’s pool, trying to sink their toy boats.

February 22, 2020

Finding Time to Rest and Reflect

Molly Ryan, The University of Vermont


I’m not going to lie, I was supposed to write this blog post yesterday, even the one for today has been written already. I am really out of touch with deadlines and real world timing, which I think is a good thing? Yesterday was Starboard watch group’s first day off since we started our Journey on the Corwith Cramer on Feb 10th.

February 22, 2020

The Sights and Sounds of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Tom Rubino, Carleton College


Greetings from the Bay of Islands! My name is Tom Rubino, and I am a junior at Carleton College. We have been at anchor in Kororāreka Russell Harbor since Friday at our first port stop. Consequently, this also marks the first time in 72 hours we have walked on a surface that doesn’t sway. More than once, I have had to remind myself not to anticipate and brace myself for a swell!

February 21, 2020

When We See Whales

Matthew Watowich, Carleton College


It is so hard to contextualize and transcribe this experience. How do I describe the ephemera of events transpired? The excitement of witnessing a whale breeching at sunset? The feeling of leaning over the bow to watch dolphins at 1:00 AM? These are the thoughts racing my mind as I type this entry while we begin to pull into our anchorage in the small town of Kororareka Russell, our first stop since our departure from Auckland roughly four days ago.

February 21, 2020

Prince’s Wharf in Auckland NZ

Lindsay Agvent, University of Rhode Island


For their Conservation and Management elective course, S-290 students have continued a long range study in which they are tracking usage of the ports we visit regularly, a project Professor Erin Bryant has termed the Human Uses of Ocean Space Census. We photograph the location each time we visit and quantitatively record what we observe.

February 20, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: SEA Semester Students Set Sail in New Zealand

Doug Karlson,

WOODS HOLE, MASS. — 25 undergraduates from a variety of U.S. colleges and universities recently arrived aboard the research vessel SSV Robert C. Seamans to continue their Winter/Spring 2020 SEA Semester program sailing through the waters of New Zealand. Their goal is to study one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century: human impacts on the environment.

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February 20, 2020

Time for Port Stops! Woo!

Kaitlyn Sweeny, A Watch, University of Rhode Island


Hi everyone! I am happy to report that we are officially at anchor in Grenada! This past week has been incredible, filled with so many learning opportunities and challenges. The other blog entries certainly do life on the ship justice, we have all been able to come together to help each other with this transition, but it has also been an individual process.

February 20, 2020

Mermaids and Bed Time Stories

Julian Murray-Brown, UNC, Wilmington


When I was younger my dad, an alumnus of SEA, would tell my siblings and I one of our favorite bedtime stories. A story about the time when he was at watch on the quarter deck of SEA’s Westward somewhere in the Caribbean when something magical happened. In the dead of night, he and the other crew saw two lights approaching the side of the Westward. The lights moved with immense speed and were making a beeline for the vessel. My dad describes the

February 20, 2020

Marine Life in These First Few Days

Marija Miklavčič, University of Rochester


Today, as I write this, it’s our third day underway aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans and things are going very well. Sometime during the night, we were even able to turn off our engines and now we are moving only by the power of the wind. Despite only having been on the move for a few short (but wonderfully long-feeling) days, we have already seen creatures I only ever hoped to see on this trip. Among these animals are sharks, penguins, and dolphins.

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