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SEA Currents: Jul 2018


July 08, 2018

The student blogs begin!

Brian Desrosiers, C Watch, Northeastern University

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Hello all!

Brian Desrosiers here to kick off our student written blog posts. Currently, we are three days underway and are making great time. Adjusting to life at sea has been a cumbersome task. Irregular sleep patterns, only seeing water as far as the eye can see, and sea sickness are all things that we have to get used to.


July 08, 2018

Sunday Funday!

Lia Nachtiga & Kristin Zunino, Brookline High School & Avon Grove Charter School

SEA Semester

First matter of business: tour the SEA ship, the Corwith Cramer. There was so much to look at. The laboratory (where students and crew studied microscopic plankton and water chemistry), the focs’l (the front of the ship), the main salon (eating, studying, and sleeping room), the galley (kitchen), the aft cabin (the captain’s quarters,) and the quarter deck (helm). We ran into multiple crew members who greeted us and taught us a bit about the ship, such as learning about the navigation technology and traditional charts which are still used today. It was extremely interesting, and took up a good two hours of the town visit.

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July 07, 2018

Aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans

Jan Witting, Chief Scientist

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July 7th on board the Robert C. Seamans, Southwest of the Hawaiian Islands. For a few hours now, we’ve been sailing at steady 8-9 knots with a fine trade wind on our backs. Squeezed between the tall Hawaiian Islands, the winds funnel into the jets that are now speeding us along toward the Phoenix Islands. With 25 knots of wind come commensurate seas, and the Seamans is lunging down some waves as the bigger ones catch our stern and we accelerate away.


July 07, 2018

Happy Birthday Jess!

Danny Brunet & Elizabeth Torna, Cypress High School & Brearley School

SEA Semester

Today was Jess’ birthday: Happy Birthday Jess!

After yesterday’s humidity breaking rain, we all woke up to our first chilly morning. Convinced that being awake wasn’t actually so bad by a warm breakfast of egg and sausage breakfast sandwich, we completed our daily chores and attended our watch meetings, where we learned reef knots and bowlines, before heading to class.

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July 06, 2018

A day in Woods Hole

Kai Godhwani & Liam Hansen, Brookline High School & Gettysburg Area High School

SEA Semester

Today was our first trip to Woods Hole, we started the day with a early wake up call of 7:00 AM. Sluggishly got out of bed and ate a breakfast of cereal, then finished chores and prepared for the trip ahead.

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July 05, 2018

Lighthouse Lenses and Natural History Sketching

Suzu Seki & Chloe Kaalman, Tabor Academy & Brookfield High School

SEA Semester

Today, we woke up at 7:30, as usual, and headed to the commons for pancakes and bacon. It was really foggy outside, unlike the past days. No one seems to enjoy this weather. After breakfast, we played Wa (a fun, silly camp game) on the field then headed to a lighthouse about five minutes away.

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July 04, 2018

Second Full Day of SEAScape

Alanna Franolich-Lantigua & Becca Ward-Diorio, Stroudsburg Junior HS & Boiling Springs HS

SEA Semester

Hi, we’re Alanna and Becca and today was the second full day of SEASCape.

We woke up at 7:30 as usual, and ate breakfast in our cabins. The humidity seemed to have built up over the night, so everything seemed just a little sticky.

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July 03, 2018

S-281: Protecting the Phoenix Islands

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The students of S-281, Protecting the Phoenix Islands (PIPA), will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Honolulu by July 5th. They will end their voyage in Pago Pago, American Samoa on August 13 after a three-week visit to the Phoenix Islands.


July 03, 2018

Sure was a Great First Day for SEASCape Session 1!

Jess Eccleston & Ivy Albright, New Canaan High School & Holliston High School

SEA Semester

Today was our first full day at SEASCape! We all woke up at 7:30 to get dressed and ready for breakfast at 8:00. After our bowls of cereal and bushels of grapes, we learned about the chore rotations and watch groups. We were then able to meet with our watch groups to begin learning how to tie basic knots.

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July 02, 2018

The Wind Blows for SEASCape Session 1!

Emma, Ruth, and Sophie, Resident Advisors (RA's)

SEA Semester

Today we welcomed 18 new SEASCapers to campus for Session 1! They come from all over the country and the world bringing their interests and eagerness to learn over the next three weeks. They will take two classes, Oceanography and Oceans and Society.

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