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SEA Currents: Apr 2017


April 07, 2017

Roaring Forties Come Roaring Back!

Spencer Herda, C Watch, sailing intern

Ocean Exploration

Well! Dawn watch had an interesting time as the weather arose seemingly out of nowhere (it is hard to see cloud activity in the dark). Near the end of our watch it really picked up and we had to strike the jib and storm trys’l before breakfast. The captain gave us compliments on our no complaints attitude as we were called back on deck to finish some sail handling, especially Carina’s helmsmanship in the peak of the squall! Way to go C Watch!

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April 06, 2017

Sailing East!

Jacquelyn Wu, B Watch, Bowdoin College

Ocean Exploration

We woke up to the sound of rattling and banging this morning, along with a change in how the boat tossed and turned us in our bunks, just a few moments before B watch (my watch) was to be woken up for Dawn Watch from 0100-0700.

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April 06, 2017

Knox Students Navigate Research at Sea

SEA Semester

SEA Semester in the News
Knox Students Navigate Research at Sea
By Elise Goitia
Know College News

Some students cross the ocean to get to their study abroad destination. For environmental studies major James Egan ‘18 and history major Will Fitzgerald ‘17, their study abroad desination is the ocean.

Egan and Fitzgerald are enrolled in SEA Semester, a 12-week program where students take classes and conduct research while living aboard a ship. The experience is one of more than 90 different locations worldwide where Knox College offers opportunities for students to study off campus.

Read the FULL STORY

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April 05, 2017

Hove to on a Port Tack, All Day Long

Allison Taylor, B Watch, 2nd Mate

Ocean Exploration

The second Wednesday April 5th has been quite different from the first one. We have been sitting hove to on a port tack all day - essentially stopped but drifting downwind, beam to the wind and sea.  We’ve been in this configuration since about 2200 last night, waiting for a more favorable wind (and maybe a little less of it). B Watch had the morning watch today and we continued the normal routines of the ship underway, of course, and filled the little downtime with learning about the weather and how to read forecast maps.

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April 05, 2017

Phyto-Nutrients for Supper

Angel Kulynych, Assistant Steward

Ocean Exploration

Much like a good song, a great meal has the power to take you on an adventure. A momentary reprieve from heavy thoughts, unknown expectations and duties, missing family & friends on land, and just plain what’s to come next.

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April 04, 2017

Having a Whale of a Time

Kurt Bahnke, College of the Holy Cross

Ocean Exploration

“Whale!” exclaimed our 3rd Assistant Scientist Helen Duffel as we all stood lined up on the science deck on the port side of the ship learning how to deploy the Nueston net, one of our many ocean sampling tools. Although some of us, myself included, only managed to catch a glimpse of the spray from its blowhole our 1st mate Scott would later explain that it was most likely a Sperm whale based on the fact that its spray was at an angle and that it came up for air at least 20 times that he saw.

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April 03, 2017

The Third Day: A Poem

Turi Abbott, B Watch, The George Washington University,

Ocean Exploration

The seas are a churnin’,
The coffee might be burnin’,
But there is no time to fuss,
For the weather is coming for us.

Marcia turned twenty-one,
Even the seal thought it was quite fun.
There were cupcakes all around,
To get fat, we are bound.

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April 02, 2017

Birds, Beets, Bioluminescent Dolphins

Sammi Chaves, A Watch, Wheaton College

Ocean Exploration

Okay, so I don’t think we’ve actually had any beets while on board the ship yet, but I thought this title was pretty clever. Today is not my scheduled time to blog but the Sunday slots are open for anyone to sign up! After this afternoon’s bird extravaganza, it became a perfect opportunity share some photos and write about it! It comes to no surprise that I would talk about seeing birds in my first post!


April 01, 2017

Settling in at Sea

Erin Adams, C Watch, 2nd Assistant Scientist

Ocean Exploration

Well, we have a day under our belts. I can see the signs that of all onboard are slowly settling in.  The seasickness is dissipating as time goes on and the meds do their thing. The coffee is flowing and the stewards are nourishing us with delicious food.  Students are learning the pinrail diagrams, their watch schedules, and how to navigate around the boat, as well as, on the chart in the doghouse.


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