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SEA Currents: Apr 2019


April 20, 2019

An Unexpected Community

Claire Mayorga, Watch A, University of Texas at Austin

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What can I say except life is good on the Robert C. Seamans. Yesterday during our watch we hit 2000 nautical miles, we experienced the best sailing onboard yet-beating the trip record for distance sailed during a single watch with 35 nautical miles in 6 hours, and it was a full moon. I think A-Watch has finally relaxed from the mainstays’l tear and main boom snapping, both on our watch, literally.


April 19, 2019

First Night of Passover

Sophie Vallas, C-Watch, Sailing Intern

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Happy Passover! Tonight is the first night of Passover.  In my family that would mean that either my parents, sister, and I would be getting ready to go to my aunt and uncle’s for seder, or my mother would be cooking all day and we would be getting ready to have everyone at our house for seder.


April 18, 2019

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

Leah Martinez, A-Watch, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”

It was a flurry of emotions as we prepared to enter the channel leading into the harbor this morning.


April 17, 2019

“Hutch it”

Erin Houlihan, 3rd Assistant Scientist

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“Hutch it.”

This is one of my favorite phrases to hear from our steward, Sabrina. On the ship, we get 6 meals a day (3 meals + 3 snacks) and we eat when we are told to eat. This is with the exception of THE hutch. The hutch lives in the main saloon and is an area of great revere. Leftover food can get “hutched” and then becomes fair game-free to be eaten at any time and in any number.


April 17, 2019

Life of a Sailor

Rose Edwards, B Watch, Sailing Intern

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At the end of my SEA Semester trip when I was a student, I was voted “Most likely to become a Sailor” by my classmates. While not the only S-271 classmate to pursue tall ship life after SEA, the prediction has come true and over multiple trips and jobs I am becoming a Sailor with a capital S.


April 16, 2019

Not just a Fluke - A Throwback to Our Whale Watch

Sarah Stover, B-Watch, Wellesley College

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You know you have made some great life choices when your dinner is interrupted by a surprise whale watching session.


April 16, 2019

Some booming news

Raffi Altman-Allen, C Watch, Roger Williams University

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Hello friends! Raffi here from the Seamans with some booming news. While I was tucked in my bunk last night, sleeping hard after a fun, field-day filled afternoon/watch, A watch decided to go out with a bang before the end of evening watch.


April 15, 2019

The Sounds of the Corwith Cramer

Gail Johnson, C-Watch, Oberlin College

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This was an idea given to me late last night while on watch, around 0010, by Betsy, a fellow C-watcher that will be greatly missed upon her departure in Bermuda!


April 15, 2019

Staying Busy

Krista Norris, B-Watch, Sailing Intern

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Hello from somewhere in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean! We are at about the halfway point, and wow we are so busy! Our little world onboard the Robert C Seaman’s is always moving (in all ways imaginable). Students are busy with projects, crew are busy teaching (and with their own projects), and everyone is always busy learning.

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April 14, 2019

A World Aloft: Stopping to Smell the Roses

Leah Martinez, A-Watch, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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Life at sea on the Corwith Cramer can often feel like a flurry of watches, food, and some sleep in between. Students are often seen flitting about between the lab, library, and the main saloon busying themselves with research work and nautical science assignments.


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