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SEA Currents: Nov 2017


November 15, 2017

First day of Sailin’ and dolphins

Rudy Schreiber, C Watch, University of the Arts

The Global Ocean

Bon Voyage, land!

We started my day with breakfast then chores. My watch was in charge of scrubbing the deck (I’ve been calling it the poop deck until someone tells me that it is not the poop deck). After chores we were released to do our independent study. Caleb, Will, and my project for Sense of Place, are to observe and document the taskscape of Mount Eden, Auckland’s tallest dormant volcanoes.


November 15, 2017

Arrival in Carriacou, Grenada

Farley Miller, 2nd Assistant Scientist

Ocean Exploration

In the words of Anna yesterday, “Here we are.” This evening, however, that phrase has a whole new meaning, and we aboard have the firmest sense of where we are yet. Land! Sighted early this morning as distant flickering lights 38 nm away, then rising out of the gloaming as the sun comes up and gives us colors to behold; then we are between two islands and in the lee and the smell of the land is overwhelming. Wet dirt, fresh wood smoke and an entirely new array of ocean smells not encountered in the open ocean.


November 14, 2017

More Training, More Fieldtrips

Ann Robinson, A Watch, Sewanee: The University of the South

The Global Ocean

After a night spent rotating through night watches for the first time, we woke bright and early for breakfast and emergency situation trainings. We rotated through fire, man overboard, and abandon ship practices and succeeded in rescuing Gilbert, our rugby ball, from a cold dip. Around 11, despite the drizzle, we set off for the Auckland War Memorial Museum. After exploring Albert Park, the University of Auckland, and the Auckland Domain, and learning some of their history, we were set loose to roam the museum.


November 14, 2017

So Here We Are

Anna Wietelman, A Watch, Sailing Intern

Ocean Exploration

“SO, here we are, running before the wind under the topsail and course…” Jesse, sailing intern and current C watch J-WO says to A watch clustered around him on the quarterdeck. His voice comes from a silhouette plastered against a backdrop of stars. “The wind is from the East, force 4. Course ordered is 300 degrees….” he continues. And so began last night’s evening watch.


November 14, 2017

Caribbean Reef Expedition: Week 6 Ashore

SEA Semester

Tom Haller of Colorado College describes what he is looking forward to as he and his shipmates get ready to head to the Caribbean and SSV Corwith Cramer.


November 13, 2017

The Scallywaggin’ Begins

Will Bahr, Oberlin College

The Global Ocean

Greetings, folks,

The first real day aboard the Robert C. Seamans unfurled before us like a jib (definition impending). We woke, we ate, we leapt right into the life of salty doggery that we’ll be living for the next six weeks. We rotated by watches (students divided into teams to both guide and monitor the ship throughout all hours of the day/night), each of which learned a smorgasbord of tasks, including jib furling (the ship’s front-most sail), various science-gear deployment and the nuanced art of deck scrubbing.


November 13, 2017

A Life Changing Adventure Coming to a Close

Jessica Whitney, C Watch, Hart High School

Ocean Exploration

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon for each day to have a new and different sun.” –Jon Krakauer

Where do I even begin? It’s crazy to think that this is our last week aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. It is truly bittersweet.


November 11, 2017

Watch Standing

Sonia Pollock, Sailing Intern

Ocean Exploration

To set the scene of a dawn watch not long ago: Still foggy from my 00:30 wakeup, I rolled out of my bunk, made a mug of tea, and ascended the ladder through the dog house to read night orders, familiarize myself with the deck, and receive turnover information from the off-going watch. Directed to take the lookout position, I walked forward to the bow to relieve Mercer, who was looking out and singing “Lean on Me.” I joined him for a chorus, then as he left I situated myself between the rail and the forestay, and I began to watch.


November 11, 2017

Welcome Aboard!

Dr. Kerry Whittaker, Assistant Professor of Oceanography

The Global Ocean

Today the eager students of S-276 boarded the Student Sailing Vessel Robert C. Seamans docked in busy downtown Auckland, New Zealand. Welcomed by equally enthusiastic staff and faculty, the students stowed their bags, made their bunks, and began their lives as crew and members of this sea-going learning community.


November 10, 2017

S-276: The Global Ocean

Voyage Map

The students of S-276, The Global Ocean, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Auckland, New Zealand by November 11th. They will return to Auckland around December 21st, after port stops in Russell and Napier, as well as a trip to the Kermadec Islands.


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