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SEA Currents: Mar 2018


March 10, 2018

Motion in the Ocean

Katherine Rigney, A Watch, Carleton College

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This morning we set sail once more, leaving Port Antonio behind for more open water. It’s always exciting to get underway again, and today was no exception, especially since we had an audience in the marina. Mama Cramer is extremely impressive, if I do say so myself, so it’s no wonder that a small crowd of the people who were docked around us in the marina came out to see us get underway.


March 09, 2018

Lionfish are Food, Not Friends

Aidan McEnroe, A Watch, Gap Year (but Stevens Institute of Technology in the fall)

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Ahoy friends, family, friend’s family, and family friends. To start out I must apologize for not writing sooner. I was convinced that I had signed up to write for the 9th but the schedule clearly showed I was two days too late. So the delay in an update is entirely my fault and I must relay my deepest apologies.


March 09, 2018

Science rules!

Lindsay Brubaker, B Watch, Oberlin College

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Another day in port, another adventure. After our usual port routine of breakfast and chores, we took a class trip down to NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research), which is pretty much the New Zealand equivalent of NOAA.


March 08, 2018

Olin College of Engineering Student Gives SEA Semester High Marks

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SEA Semester is objectively (in my subjective opinion) the best study away program you can choose. If you’re reading this, then you are an Olin student looking for a semester away program. As an Olin student, you are passionate about acquiring knowledge, open to adventure, and hopefully give a damn about the planet. All of those attributes perfectly align with the goals of SEA Semester. Sure, there are other study away programs that will offer to show you the world, teach you stuff, and furnish you with a library’s worth of stories to tell your kids one day, but I didn’t do any of those. So I’m going to tell you what SEA Semester is, why you should do it, and put my contact info down below in case you want to learn more/hear some good stories about the misadventures aboard the good ship SSV Robert C. Seamans.

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March 08, 2018

The Art & Science and Class of the “Green Flash”

Peter C. Stone, Author / Artist / Instructor

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Numerous times on this voyage we have witnessed a “Green Flash”; at spectacular sunsets and to bring on a luminous rising sun. This flash, or spark, is no stuff off romantic legend but an atmospheric phenomenon where blue and violet wavelengths are scattered and shorter red/orange/yellow wavelengths are the first to actually set below the horizon.


March 08, 2018

Jerk Chicken and Coral Reefs

Nicholas Sette, C Watch, Saint Michael's College

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Yesterday, March 7, the Corwith Cramer strolled into the harbor of Port Antonio, Jamaica, docking for the first time since San Juan. Our entrance lined up perfectly with a heavy squall which made our all hands docking procedure very wet, but all went smoothly and here we are.


March 08, 2018

Bloggin’ on the noggin

Adam Rogowski, A Watch, Macalester College

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It’s day three of our port stop. We’ve been docked in Wellington for what feels like a long time now, and have grown accustomed to people coming by and photographing us doing daily tasks, like eating and washing the deck.


March 07, 2018

Botanical Explorations under Foulie Brim & Canopy

Lillian Strehlow, C Watch, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

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The main event for our troupe of foulie-clad (foul weather gear-wearing) students today was a trip up the hillside to MetService, Aotearoa New Zealand’s national weather forecasters. The “wee-thah” as the folks down here say, was the subject of inquiry, and the steady drizzle and fog covered hillside below us set the stage for discussion.


March 06, 2018

Rambunctious Reindeer Receive Respite and Rejoice

Claudia Davis, C Watch, Brandeis University

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It’s been a busy day that started bright and early for the Robert C. Seamans as we’ve made our way across the Cook Strait from anchorage in Point Underwood to the long-awaited port of Wellington. When we departed Opua for this leg fourteen days ago-two weeks that were somehow both long and lightning fast-we were given a guiding analogy of the caribou and the reindeer by our captain.


March 06, 2018

Swim Call!

Abigail Colby, A Watch, University of New Hampshire

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We are currently anchored outside of Navassa Island, which is an interesting geological feature: a plateau of limestone with eroded cliffs that meet the sea. The island is covered in shrubbery, and from the boat we could see the remains of an old stone road, and some building ruins.


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