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SEA Currents: Apr 2019


April 24, 2019

Wake-ups

Alice Della Penna, Visiting Scientist, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington

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I hate waking up. It doesn’t matter how hard and long my day is, I always feel that the most difficult moment of any day is when I have to open my eyes and get out of my bed. I really like sleeping and I dread any alarm sound. I am therefore very happy that on our ship I don’t have to hear one every day.


April 23, 2019

Propellers, hats and visitors

Mecky Kuijpers, A-Watch, Oberlin College

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Today was an exciting day aboard the Seamans. We had an all-hands class when the engineers taught us how engines and propellers work, we set a sail for the first time on this trip, and we had a surprise visitor!


April 23, 2019

Bread on the Boat

Alexandra Reilinger, Vassar College

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There’s a lot of smells that happen on a sailboat, out in the middle of the ocean, with 35 people packed aboard like sardines. Salt and sea air, that’s pretty nice.


April 22, 2019

JWO and birthdays

Camille Ros, C Watch, Colby College

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We have entered Junior Watch Officer (JWO) phase, meaning that we get a chance to essentially take on the role of a mate for a watch.  It has been really exciting to see how much we now know about the boat, as well as all the stuff we still have to learn.


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.


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