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SEA Currents: May 2017

May 02, 2017

Sailing and Science under the Stars

Annabelle Leahy, A Watch, Carleton College

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

My day started and ended under the stars. The day technically began watching a triple stack of nets go down to 100 meters for one last sampling from the South Sargasso Sea. As Marie mentioned before, there’s a certain amount of coordination (which we all sometimes lack) required to set up a wire deployment at night, hoping you don’t knock anything overboard or trip over anything. Even with these difficulties, there is something about science under the stars that is pretty unreal.

May 02, 2017

S-272 Gets Their Land Legs Back

Helen Dufel, 3rd Assistant Scientist

Ocean Exploration

Our first full day on land included new cultural experiences, exploration, and a boat ride faster than 7 knots! This morning we were greeted by a group of local Raiateans who gathered at the base of our gangway and welcomed us all to their island. We were treated to traditional music and dance and even joined in with our less graceful interpretations. We then preformed some of our own shanties which turned into a tropical jam session all around. I learned that language barriers are nothing when faced with the power of song.

May 01, 2017

SEA Semester

The public is invited to visit the SSV Corwith Cramer to learn more about Sea Education Association and SEA Semester at several Open Ship events in the coming weeks.  If you’re in Boston, New York or Woods Hole, we hope you’ll drop by! 

Wednesday, May 24: New York City, South Street Seaport, Pier 15, 3 - 6 pm

Saturday, June 3: Woods Hole, Dyers Dock, 3 - 5 pm

Wednesday, June 7: Boston, Moakley Courthouse dock, Noon - 3 pm

Friday, June 9: Boston, Moakley Courthouse dock,  Noon - 3 pm

Due to the nature of busy harbors, specific locations and times may change, so please check back as dates approach. 

Categories: • Topics: open ship

May 01, 2017

Arrival in Raiatea

Erin Adams, Assistant Scientist

Ocean Exploration

After 32 days at sea, the 32 people aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans have made it safely alongside the dock in Raiatea, French Polynesia. All are healthy and morale is high. Our arrival was slightly delayed this morning due to responding to a Mayday call from a grounded vessel on nearby Huahine. We were able to relay messages between the vessel, coincidentally named Argo, and the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Tahiti and we made preparations to assist as needed. However, as we were approaching the island, authorities were able to reach the vessel and were we able to resume our sail track into Raiatea.

May 01, 2017

Day in the Life of a Galley Steward

Ridge Pierce, A Watch, Roger Williams University

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

We reached our 1,000th cumulative mile of our journey during early dawn this morning while the spray was whipping over the bow and the only light on deck was from the stars. We were taking a slight diversion South through the South Sargasso Sea in hopes of obtaining more samples of Sargassum and possibly the form we have not found much of on this voyage:

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