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SEA Currents: Oct 2017

October 04, 2017

We wait on Tonga, no longa

Henry Oliva, B Watch, Colby College



This morning we wove through a series of narrow channels and brilliant green islands to find our new home on the docks of Neiafu, Vava’u. The Robert C. Seamans grabbed the attention of the harbor as its two masts walked proudly into the town’s waters. As triumphant the ship seemed, her crew’s pride surpassed her by ten-fold.

October 03, 2017


Katie Hall, A Watch, Sewanee: University of the South



This morning I woke up around 0600, hearing mention of this thing called “land” from the quarter deck. I went up on deck to check it out, and, sure enough, there was the faint outline of Tonga in the distance! (Sierra claims the title of being the first person ever to see Tonga.)

October 02, 2017

October 1st, Wherefore Art Thou?

Arya Jemal, B Watch, Swarthmore College


Whoever said time travel was impossible surely underestimated the power of the Robert C. Seamans. Last night the Seamans crossed the International Date Line, meaning for all of us aboard, the date of October 1st never happened.

The International Date Line runs in between American Samoa and Tonga, and arbitrarily runs through the Pacific Ocean from the North Pole to Antarctica.

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