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SEA Currents: Oct 2018


October 08, 2018

Flowers and Bombs

Debora Ortiz, A Watch, Knox College

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After a day of anchoring near Mala island, and a day of motor-sailing around the Tongan sea, we arrived at Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai. This is the world’s newest island, formed by volcanic eruptions from within the ocean. Scientists thought that the volcanic matter was not going to stay out of the water, but it did, and that’s how the island was created!


October 05, 2018

Crown of Thorns Starfish, Here we come!

Therese Ohman, B Watch, Suffolk University

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Early morning here on the Robert C Seamans with a full morning of activities ahead of us. ‘A-Watch’ started early swabbing the deck (regardless of the fact it was pouring rain) and morning chores were in full swing. This morning we mustered on the quarter deck to gather snorkeling equipment and flippers.


October 04, 2018

Pow-wow in Vava’u

Fletcher Tague Shell, A-Watch, Southern Oregon University

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We started off our first full day at port in Neiafu with a splendid breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, English muffins, and hot sauce. Afterwards, our class mustered on the quarterdeck to apply sunscreen and a heavy shield of Deet before we walked down the street to attend a educational presentation by the Vava’u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA).


October 03, 2018

Arriving in Tonga

Cameron Chertavian, B Watch, Bowdoin College

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Late on Tuesday night, B watch (my very own watch, winners of the previous day’s line chase competition) made an exciting sighting: land! After five days at sea, we finally spotted our first destination: Vava’u, Tonga. I had served as assistant steward the day before and had abbreviated night watch because of it, meaning that I was sound asleep for the call of “Land ho!” but awoke the next morning to the sight of Tonga.


October 02, 2018

Chasin’ Lines

Samuel Noonan, B Watch, University of Denver

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Good Morning all!

B Watch started the dawn watch (0100-0700) this morning remaining “hove to”.  We all arrived on deck to observe the ten foot swells and 30 knot wind speeds occurring since early yesterday afternoon.


October 01, 2018

Near Gale Fun

Dietrich Klug, C Watch, Sewanee: University of the South

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Today is officially October 1st after crossing into the international dateline. We have skipped September 30th which no longer existed for us. Despite the near gale weather, most of us have gotten over the sea sickness, which had us giving tribute to Neptune over the first few days.


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