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SEA Currents: Mar 2019

March 16, 2019

Row Your Own Boat: Important Life Lessons from Dad

Ava Stasiw, AB deckhand


Dear Dad,

Happy Birthday! Another year older, but never seeming to slow down. Did you ever think you would be here?

March 15, 2019

A Rewarding and Complicated Day Ashore

Isaac Ferber, C Watch, Grinnell College


Today was a sobering entry in an already unique time at sea and ashore. Our day began earlier than usual, with an 0600 wakeup precluding the usual breakfast and set of chores. By 0800 we were off to the famed Wellington cable car, which Eric pointed out was technically a funicular.

March 15, 2019

New Zealand Update

All is well aboard the Robert C. Seamans.

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March 14, 2019

Bon Voyage Grand Cayman, Hello Key West!

Allison Gaydeski, Beluga watch, Gap year


This morning started off like any other morning at anchor with a voice right outside my bunk letting me know it’s 6:30 am and breakfast will be starting in 30 minutes. I know I can get at least 10 more minutes of rest, but it’s a very dangerous game to play because I can’t press the snooze button on a person.

March 14, 2019

Smile for the Camera

Lex Brugler, A Watch, Lafayette College


Picture this: It’s 0800 and you’re eating breakfast on the quarterdeck. You’re wearing the cleanest items of clothing which after 4.5 weeks on a boat equates a smell test. You’re having a conversation with your shipmates about what you’re the most excited to do today with your research time on shore.

March 13, 2019

Windy Welly!

Anna Merrens, B Watch, Skidmore College


Today was our first day ashore getting to explore windy Welly.  Today also marked the first shore day where we were given 2200 as the time to return to the ship.  In previous ports everyone was given a call back time of around 1800 for dinner and watch cycles, so the extra four hours allowed for a very full day of adventuring.

March 12, 2019

Soaking Up Every Moment

June Eikland, A Watch, Boston University


My day began with a gentle wake up at 6 am by Alle, “Good morning June, it’s 6 am. You have breakfast in 20 minutes, then after that you have watch. The weather is very nice outside.” It’s wonderful being able to plop right into bed without needing to turn on an alarm.

March 12, 2019

Pre-College Programs: the Silver Lining for Gap Year & Spring-Start Students

Doug Karlson,


Congratulations, the acceptance letters have arrived and you’ve been accepted to your school of choice… with one caveat. They don’t have room for you until the spring term.

Before you lose heart and settle for your second choice, remember that this is a regular practice and needn’t affect your overall college experience. In fact, it could be a great opportunity.

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March 12, 2019

Going Aloft

Sofia Garrick, A Watch, University of Chicago


After several days at sea the sight of land was bittersweet; however, something long anticipated awaited us after anchoring right outside Wellington and before we were to step foot on land.

March 11, 2019

Field Day Reflections

Andrew Foley, A Watch, Lawrence University


The second to last field day of the voyage is scheduled for today, but as I have learned with life aboard, the schedule is always subject to change. Since I am part of A watch, that means I have the joy of cleaning every surface and dish in the galley.

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