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SEA Currents: Mar 2018


March 05, 2018

Elsaesser Fellow Michael Jacobson Updates Research in Taiwan

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SEA Semester alumnus Michael Jacobson (W-72), the recipient of the 2018 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship award, is currently on Orchid Island, southeast of Taiwan, documenting the indigenous Tao people’s traditional boat building and fishing culture.  He recently sent us a brief update on his activities.

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March 05, 2018

Serenity on the High Seas

Maya Sokolow, C Watch, Bard College

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“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

I’m certainly not the most religious fish in the sea, but since embarking on this larger-than-life voyage across hundreds of miles of tough-loving waters, the Serenity Prayer has become my mantra.


March 05, 2018

A Salty Sea Dog

Tyler Egeland, B Watch, Eckerd College

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We were lifted swift to drift with a gale
But pleasantly stable as an anchor entails
And although skin wrinkles by salt and sun
Spirit fails to be weathered if it weighs a ton

Students set sail for a new sense of place
Promptly missing their mother’s embrace
As different we are individually one
As difference makes us markedly more fun

We ward off scurvy with kiwis sweet as
And grow untamed beards as Duncan surely has
Mark your head when helms alee
And yell “Gybe Ho!” to Eric’s decree

When sat beneath our last starry night
The end will depress us and rob our delight
But all is well and will be all right
As we carry home stories on our return flight.


March 05, 2018

UPDATE: Full power was restored to the SEA Woods Hole campus on Sunday evening. This followed a strong nor’easter on Friday, March 2, that caused widespread power outages on Cape Cod and along the coastline. Temporary power was provided to the campus by a generator immediately following the storm.

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March 03, 2018

Salty flamingos

Genevieve Davis, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

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We just completed our fastest port stop yet from Great Inagua.  Greeted with the most beautiful Caribbean blue seas, we anchored among a shining sun and calm sea.  As the guest whale person aboard, I am thrilled to say we saw one lonesome dolphin before the rest of the day was set into motion.


March 02, 2018

On being a sponge

Emma Garschagen, A Watch, Kenyon College

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The past two weeks have thrown a lot of new information at S277, from sail handling to lab protocols to maneuvering through the engine room without collisions while the ship rolls up and down 10 foot swells - just like drinking out of a fire hose (@Summer’s blog post). As my dad always reminds me when I go somewhere new, I have been trying to ‘be a sponge’ and soak up everything I can aboard the Bobby C.


March 02, 2018

Spring Lecture Series to begin March 18

The Sea Education Association Spring Lecture Series will begin on Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m., when Mark Long, SEA Associate Professor of History & Social Science and Associate Dean of Academic Partnerships will present “In Search of Margaritaville: Jimmy Buffett’s Vision of a Greater Caribbean.”

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March 02, 2018

Art Gallery Day

Natalia Atuesta, C Watch, Universidad de los Andes

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Hello friends and family,

As an assistant steward, I was not asked to stand watch with my group yesterday. Instead I was woken up at 5:30 to help with breakfast. Even when Ger and I prepared three snacks and two more meals, I enjoyed of a lot of free time during the daylight hours which allowed me to help with marine mammal surveys and appreciate the spectacle given by Mother Nature for as long as it lasted. As we retrieved the hydrophone from the water, the broadcast of whale songs slowly vanished, marking the end of our time at Silver Bank.


March 01, 2018

Lunch Comes at You Fast

Anna Ripley, A Watch, Whitman College

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Hello everyone!

We have been out of port for about a week now, and I am finally starting to get used to the watch routine. It’s not too bad, and nighttime watches are helping me to drastically improve my napping skills. Yesterday, I was the assistant steward, which was a nice break in routine.


March 01, 2018

Tall Ships America honors Brandon, Haddock

Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu

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Tall Ships America, a national organization dedicated to youth education, leadership development, and the preservation of maritime heritage, recognized two members of Sea Education Association at its Annual Conference of Sail Training and Tall Ships, held Feb. 15 - 17 in New Orleans.

SEA President Peg Brandon, W-48, received the Tall Ships America Leadership Award. Given for the first time this year, the award honors “a member who has made a significant contribution to sail training through the demonstration of leadership at the executive / senior level, and whose impact has been felt by the training community at large, beyond that of their own organization.”

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