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SEA Currents: Jul 2018

July 23, 2018

Welcome Session 2!

Emma, Sophie, Ruth, & Jamie, RA's

Today was another warm day on the SEA campus as we welcomed 12 brand new SEASCape students! After settling in and getting to know a little more about the program and the faculty and staff, we played a few rounds of cards and had a delicious burger meal crafted by our wonderful stew Jamie.

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July 23, 2018

Welcome to Kanton

Nate Bears, Engineer


The last 24 hours are a bit of a blur, but they seem to have lasted forever. I have heard this means you are living in the moment.  It is hard not too when the moments are as sweet as they are.  Last night the folks here on Kanton threw us a welcoming reception.

July 22, 2018

SEA Expedition arrives in Boston!

Bridget McElroy, Deckhand, A-Watch


Greetings from the Corwith Cramer!

SEA Expedition Session I has arrived safely in Boston! We were lucky to find many family members waiving excitedly as we emerged from the thick fog.

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July 22, 2018

Snorkeling in Kanton

Lee Fenstermacher, C-Watch, Dickinson College


It is our third day in Kanton and snorkeling is in full swing. This morning at 08:30 myself and 11 others took two small 8 person rescue boats to a reef on the outer edge of the atoll. On our way there we were greeted by a pod of dolphins who swam under our little boat, not more than two feet below us, leading us to our destination.

July 21, 2018

Exploring Kanton

Mackenzie Meier, University of New Hampshire


Mauri friends and family of the 2018 SEA PIPA Expedition,

Our little world shrunk to 34 people when we boarded this ship in Honolulu, but our world began to grow when we started trawling for zooplankton below us and realized we were far from alone. Our little world just grew again today.

July 20, 2018


Cody Hoff, A Watch, Willamette University


It has officially been two weeks since we departed Honolulu and set sail for the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati. After seeing nothing but open ocean and passing by Endurbury Island yesterday for 1900 miles we have made it to Kiribati, specifically Kanton Island where we were finally able to set foot on stable ground for the first time in what seems like an extremely long time.

July 19, 2018

Humpbacks at Stellwagon Bank



Good Morning! Thursday got off to a great start with beautiful weather and hash browns and sausage for breakfast. B Watch completed a busy morning watch, including working on projects, setting the JT sail, and sailing towards Stellwagon Bank (a marine preserve.) We left the open ocean and saw many other boats for the first time in days. Soon the shores of Cape Cod were visible, and for a bit we sailed along them using no motor.

July 19, 2018

The Sun Sets on SEASCape Session 1

Jeremy Green & Maria Pagliaro, Edmund Burke School & Sacred Heart Academy

SEA Semester

It seems like only yesterday this blog was talking about our first full day, then our halfway point, but today we completed the final full day of SEASCape Session 1 2018. There have been laughs aplenty, much sweat and grime, maybe a little bit of blood, and some tears, with more to come.

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July 19, 2018

Enderbury Island

Andy Suski, The University of San Diego

Land Ho! After 2 weeks aboard the Robert C. Seamans we have laid our eyes on land. The Enderbury Island was used in the 1800s for mining guano. This guano was then shipped off to make fertilizer. After the discovery of less isolated location with just as much guano, the island became uninhabited, and has remained so ever since.

July 18, 2018

SSV Corwith Cramer voyage adds new dimension to PEP

Doug Karlson,

SEA Semester

Yoana Guzman, a student in the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP), had never been on - nor even near - the ocean.

“Home to me is mostly desert,” said the Cal State, Chico student who’s pursuing a double major in electrical engineering and physics. “This was my first time near a large body of water.”

It was also the first time that a voyage aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, operating out of Woods Hole this summer, was incorporated into PEP.  During their first week of classes, PEP students boarded the Cramer at Dyers Dock and embarked on a four-day cruise through Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay.

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