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SEA Currents: Apr 2018

April 29, 2018

Thanks for the Memories

Justin Freck, A Watch, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Wow, what a day this has been. I started the day off with two hours of sleep before Dawn Watch, which probably wasn’t the best idea, but I was able to get a lot of things done the night before. The watch itself was amazingly calm and finished itself off with a stunning, cloud-scaped sunrise that I got to experience firsthand from the bow.

April 29, 2018

Crossing Lines at Sea

Dani Hanelin, C Watch, Mount Holyoke College


Time at sea is unlike time on land. Life passes in 6-hour, cyclic phases, where some days you work under the sun and others you work under the moon and stars. It is nearly impossible to differentiate between a Monday and a Friday, and time itself has very little meaning.

April 28, 2018

Good Moments

Kat Duvall, A Watch, Colgate University


There are brief snippets of time in my life when everything aligns, there is a lightness in my heart and smile on my face, and I experience what I call “capital ‘G’ Good moments.” They’re not always the moments that get photographed, but those that I carry with me wherever I go. In order to understand the best of the best of times on this boat and the people who live on it, I have compiled a list of these moments from our community aboard the Robert C. Seamans.

April 28, 2018

The Daily Life of a Plastic Plucker

Geoffrey Gill, A Watch, College of Charleston


After days of stifling temperatures, lazy winds, and glassy seas, Cramer and her crew had an exciting reality check and change of pace last night. Scattered, localized rainstorms merged together around 2000 yesterday (not on my watch!) and resulted in squall conditions overnight, with pouring rain, major swells, and pushy winds. Led by the ever-intrepid B and C watches, who clipped in and foulie-d up during the night and dawn shifts, we rode through the storm, racking up miles under the powerful winds.

April 27, 2018

Hove-to up to 10 knots in under 24 hours

Sarah Smith-Tripp, C Watch, Wellesley College


Last night marked our entrance into the French Polynesian EEZ, meaning a point of land is just a short 200 nautical miles away. This is the closest we have been to land since leaving the Chatham Islands three weeks ago. Almost as if in celebration, the wind and the sea cooperated for a brief few hours last night and we were lucky enough to have what many of the staff called “the best sail the Seamans has to offer.”

April 27, 2018

A week at sea & the Great Pin Rail Chase!

Nate Lammers, C Watch, 3rd Mate


A week ago, at 12:13 EDT, we cast off our last line in Nassau, Bahamas and motored out to sea. It’s hard to believe we have officially been underway for a week! The days are flying by and just seem to blend together. With the revolving 6 on, 12 off watch schedule we are constantly changing our work and sleep schedule which really makes it hard to keep track of the time.

April 26, 2018

Latest Update from Elsaesser Fellowship Winner

Michael Jacobson, W-72

SEA Semester

SEA Semester alumnus Michael Jacobson (W-72), the recipient of the 2018 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship award, recently traveled to southern Taiwan to document the indigenous Tao people’s traditional boat building and fishing culture.  This is his third update.

I am already on my way home from Taiwan.

After witnessing the Paiwan shaman, I got a chance to go to an old Paiwan village with slate houses called Lao Qijia. The tribe moved due to landslides from typhoons and I got to meet their chief who talked about the challenges faced by her people.

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April 26, 2018

Getting Ready for the Big Race!

Emily Brady, B Watch, UMass Amherst


Tomorrow is the big day, the much anticipated Pin Rail Chase! We’ve been hard at work trying to learn every line on the boat in the past week, and we get tested on them all tomorrow in a big relay-style race between the watches. Much of today’s free time has been dedicated to really cementing our knowledge of the lines.

April 26, 2018

An Interdepartmental Pretzel Making Bonanza

Lauren Heinin, Steward


Well hello there.  This is the ship’s cook, Lauren.  Dinner is currently being eaten in the main salon so I’m taking a minute to see if I can express myself in words instead of food.

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April 25, 2018

Adrift and Well-Rested

Mason Martinez, B Watch, Macalester College


Slept in today until 1100 after a successful evening watch (1900-0100) with my B watch friends. The winds failed us at some point in the night, leaving me rudely awakened by increasingly sultry conditions belowdeck. Finally settling into the lopsided 18-hour watch cycle and succumbing to exhaustion means I can pretty much sleep through anything at this point, and the more I settle in, the more I find I can enjoy the small stuff; the little spark of joy I get every time I go up on deck and see the McLane pump deployed or the Neuston tow picking up samples, or the satisfaction of seeing 15 minutes of tough sail handling pay off as we pick up speed and cut through the waves.

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