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SEA Currents: Nov 2017


November 27, 2017

Bowdoin Student Celebrates Thanksgiving at Sea

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SEA Semester in the News
Madeleine King ’19 Spends Thanksgiving At Sea, Down Under
Tom Porter, Bowdoin News

While most of her classmates are at home diving into a traditional turkey dinner, Madeleine King ’19 is having quite a different Thanksgiving experience—doing environmental research aboard a tall ship, in New Zealand.

King, who’s majoring in environmental studies and earth and oceanographic science, is among a group of US undergraduates studying and sailing abroad through SEA Semester: The Global Ocean, a program offered by Sea Education Association, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit focusing on environmental education.

After six weeks of onshore preparation in the US, King and her fellow students joined the SSV (student sailing vessel) Robert C. Seamans—described by SEA as a “state-of-the-art 134 foot brigantine”—in Auckland, New Zealand on November 12, 2017 to begin a six-week voyage.

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November 27, 2017

See ya later Grenada

Zoya Buckmire, St. George's University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

So there I was. 200m from shore attempting to tread where I definitely could not stand. Our group of 21 was off Grand Anse Beach conducting our first real reef survey, and needless to say, I was a little out of my depth (pun intended). I didn’t have much deep-water snorkeling experience and I certainly wasn’t prepared for what we were doing that day.


November 26, 2017

All aboard for Caribbean Reef Expedition

Chris Nolan, Captain

Caribbean Reef Expedition

The students of C-276 Caribbean Reef Expedition have all arrived aboard SSV Corwith Cramer and we are currently conducting rounds of training and familiarization with the ship, including how to go aloft safely, how to use the scientific equipment, and how to live and work on a 134’ tall ship.


November 26, 2017

The Pinrail Chase: May the Best Watch Win!

Lindsey Call, B Watch, Amherst College

The Global Ocean

Greetings from aboard the Robert C. Seamans, which is currently sailing northwards along the Kermadec Ridge! We were blessed with wonderfully sunny weather today - quite a stroke of luck, as we spent part of the day on the deck of the ship. Why, you may ask? Today was the PINRAIL CHASE, a lively inter-watch competition to see which of the three watches had best mastered the ship’s lines and their locations.


November 25, 2017

Useful Tip: It’s All About the Wide Stance

Kimberly Kusminsky, C Watch, Eckerd College

The Global Ocean

As I write this, the Seamans is sailing over thousands of meters of water!!! S-276 is extremely fortunate to be sailing over the Kermadec Ridge on our journey northward to Raoul. Our constantly sounding CHIRP instrument (which is pretty annoying) has been gathering data on the bathymetry (topography for the layman) of the ocean floor beneath us. So far we’ve sailed over some sea mountains and the saddle (the highest point) of the Kermadec Ridge which then drops to over 10,000 meters deep at its lowest point!!


November 24, 2017

C-276: Caribbean Reef Expedition

Study Abroad Voyage Map

The students of C-276, Caribbean Reef Expedition, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer on November 26th in Grenada. They will depart in San Juan, Puerto Rico, around December 23rd, after port stops in Canouan and Montserrat.


November 24, 2017

Poem for C-Watch

Adrienne (Heartbreak) Wilber, 3rd Mate

The Global Ocean

at night we sail ‘cross a mountainous seat
elusive sea dragon in plankton tow
all silver blue frills and lace spreading feet
a nudibranch clinging o’er depths below


November 22, 2017

A Sailor Survey

Helen Wolter, Deckhand/Sailing Intern

The Global Ocean

As we settle into a comfortable routine and get accustomed to the constant rocks and rolls of the boat, our focus can shift from some of us trying to keep our lunches down (there are fewer new members of the Fish Feeders Club every day) towards navigation, science deployments, and group discussions on cultural heritage. Our watch groups have been setting and striking sails, working in the labs and eating as one unit, so it’s fair to say we are getting to know each other pretty well.


November 21, 2017

Science Rules !!

Kaylee Pierson, C Watch, Sewanee University

The Global Ocean

Good morning land dwellers!

The residents of Robert C. Seamans have lots to report as we start to fall into the rhythm of life at sea and are beginning to find our sea legs. It was looking pretty rocky for a while as the leeward side (lower side of the boat) seemed to be constantly crowded with seasick-plagued sailors, the “fish feeding club”. Our Oceans and Global Change professor, Kerry, comforted us by saying we were “feeding the microbial loop”. Ginger themed snacks and constant reminders to stay hydrated are commonly topics these days.


November 20, 2017

Oops, We Forgot to Write the Blog Yesterday

Sophie Silberman, A Watch, Kenyon College

The Global Ocean

Hello from the open ocean!

It’s official, there is no land in sight. Just us and blue and gray for miles and miles, plus the occasional NZ Navy helicopter or the fancy cruise ship or 180-meter cargo on our radar. But, if we’re being honest, amidst lots of throwing up and a (literally) bumpy adjustment to life underway, S-276 forgot to write the blog yesterday. So, reader, travel back in time with me to Monday, November 20, 2017 at 1430 South Pacific time.


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