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SEA Currents: Dec 2017


December 18, 2017

Track Tramping & Christmas Spirit

Kaylee Pierson, C Watch, Sewanee University

The Global Ocean

With Christmas decorations up in the galley, cookies being decorated, and the hum of “Winter Wonderland” being sung, I’m feeling the holiday spirit even in the New Zealand summer heat! As finals week (loose use of the term here, just look at the photo from yesterday) comes to an end, everyone on board is in high spirits and soaking up all the goodness of life on board the Robert C. Seamans.


December 18, 2017

Caribbean Reef Expedition: Week 9 (At sea, Montserrat)

SEA Semester

Halley Steinmetz, from UMass-Amherst, describes snorkeling the reefs around Montserrat and a tour of the volcano, as part of Caribbean Reef Expedition.


December 17, 2017

Days of our lives

Erin Adams, 2nd Assistant Scientist

The Global Ocean

As we make our way closer to Auckland, some signs that this trip will end are unfortunately starting to appear. Science deployments and data collection have tapered off, the stresses of project work are in full swing, and I’m hearing conversations about life after the trip.

I’m reluctant to mention any of this at all because time might catch wind of it and might tick by faster-which would be cruel.


December 17, 2017

Greetings from the Galley

Anna Wietelmann, Assistant Steward

Caribbean Reef Expedition

I have always enjoyed cooking food, especially for other people, but have never fancied myself an especially good “cook” or have had dreams of cooking professionally.

Yet, since November 18th I have spent the majority of my time in the galley, the Cramer’s kitchen, working as the assistant steward (cook). My job is to help the steward, Grady, with preparing the six meals a day we eat on board: breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and midnight snack.


December 16, 2017

Barbudaful

Steph Gorney, A Watch, Northeastern University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Beside the Corwith Cramer, Barbuda stretches out- low-lying and tranquil, encompassing half the horizon. The water is the kind of clear aqua blue that you would expect to find on a brochure advertising some type of dream getaway; and the sun warms my skin as I lean into a wind that hasn’t seen humans since it left the Sahara Desert to blow across the Atlantic.


December 16, 2017

A day in the life

Jennifer DuBois, Steward

The wonderful crew, led by Kerry, took over the galley so I could get an evening off. I used this time to finally read the blog and decided to add to it.

It was, overall, a lovely day on the Seaman’s. It was field day, which for me as the steward means handing out candy.


December 15, 2017

The Beginning of the End

Tom Haller, C-Watch, Colorado College

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Two nights ago we took the ship from Montserrat to Antigua. While on the way, my watch (C-watch) drew the 1900-0100 watch. The schedule designated me to deck crew and my first two hours of watch were spent on bow watch all by my lonesome looking for ships and other dangers ahead. When I quickly learned that there were no dangers to the ship, my eyes wandered to the sky where above me lay what seemed to be billions of stars.

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December 14, 2017

Deep Blue

Keiley James, B Watch, University of Georgia

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Hello from Antigua!

We arrived here early this morning, around 0800, after one day’s sail from Montserrat. As we steered into this bay, four ridiculously huge cruise ships pulled in as well, making our 134ft tall-ship look like a toy boat. While we waited for Captian Chris to clear us into customs, we watched these gargantuan boats pass us by, each carrying thousands of people.


December 14, 2017

Marine Spatial Planning Update

S-276 Conservation and Management Class

The Global Ocean

As ocean resources gain value to various different groups, a variety of stakeholders are vying for access and control of these ocean goods. Interested stakeholders range from fisherman to recreational users, conservationists, and industries such as shipping and oil acquisition. As the limited oceanic space becomes congested with these different interests, comprehensive planning is needed in order for them to co-exist safely across the marine environment.


December 13, 2017

One step closer to Capt. Jack Sparrow

Hannah King, B Watch, Connecticut College

Caribbean Reef Expedition

We left Montserrat this morning after a few days of meetings, an adventurous hike, and a quick tour of Soufriere Hills and the active volcano. Right now we are headed north to Antigua, with just a few watch rotations and a couple of scientific deployments, we will be there soon to pick up another shipmate and head to Barbuda. This voyage has been nothing short of exciting, humbling, adventurous, academic, and all-consuming in every aspect.


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