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SEA Currents: Jul 2019

July 20, 2019

The fog is gone!

Tamara Crawford and Jackson Karas , B-watch

This morning we emerged from the fog. The ship made way at a fast pace; we soon left far behind the cloaking Stratus cloud that for so long darkened our horizons. We had a nice breeze, which allowed us to sail with six sails. In addition to the four normal triangular sails, we raised a topsail, which is square, and an additional triangular sail at the bow.

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July 20, 2019

Report from the Phoenix Islands

Sophie Kuhl, B Watch, Brown University


One of the things I have learned so far in this trip is that things can change in an instant. Skies go from clear to cloudy, wind fills in from almost nothing to practically gale-force, and a sunny day can turn into thunderstorms, all in a matter of minutes. So for us students on the SSV Robert C. Seamans, one of the most valuable lessons has been adapting to these changes.

July 19, 2019

Looking for Answers in Kanton

Benjamin Ma, C Watch, Brown University


And if you told me that I would’ve survived the first leg of this trip, I wouldn’t have believed you for even one second.

It has been a long two weeks on the Robert C. Seamans, laced with dark nights and happy memories with plenty of time for moments of reflection and silence in between.

July 19, 2019

It’s Cold and Foggy and Moist and Absolutely Terrific

Nick, Libby, Hanna, Logan, Maddie, Dylan, Jay,, Watch A

Today was cold. The morning started off sunny and moderately cloudy, but all of a sudden, the fog set in. We could barely see 10 feet in front of us, and it brought a huge mass of moist air. Our hair became engulfed in droplets of dew, and we turned on the fog horn, which was very loud and scary.

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July 18, 2019

PEP Going Strong After Ten Years

Doug Karlson,

SEA Semester

It’s been ten years since the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative launched the Partnership Education Program (PEP) in 2009. The 11th PEP cohort, which numbers 14 students, recently completed their classroom work at SEA, as well as a short cruise aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, and are now living on the SEA campus while they do internships at scientific organizations in Woods Hole.

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July 18, 2019

Arrival in Kanton

Mary Zarba, B Watch, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


It is 1930 (7:30 am) on a Friday night, and I am hanging out on the bow of the Robert C. Seamans. I have come to know this specific location on the boat as the “bow watch spot”. One member of the crew has stood here, tethered to the stay, all the way forward where the sides of the boat come to a point, for every hour that we’ve been underway.

July 18, 2019

Last day on campus

Lily Cooper & Matt Geiss, UNC-Chapel Hill & Wellesley High School

SEA Semester

Hi everyone,

Today was our last full day on campus, and we made the most of every moment.

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July 18, 2019

Hello from a wavy ship!

Charlotte, Indi, Young, C Watch


This is now our 4th day at sea (without seeing land). C watch has completed a full rotation of watches. Today during our watch from 1300 to 1900, there were a lot of big waves and plenty of things to keep us occupied.

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July 17, 2019

Almost last day!

Jill Paquette & Daniel Shneider, Moses Brown School & Hunter College High School

SEA Semester

Today was the last day of classes. We had an oceanography class about marine biology and then oceans and society. In Oceanography, we learned about the species of life in the ocean, from the Cambrian era to modern-day. We also learned about the intricate taxonomy of the oceans.

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July 17, 2019

Another Super Day

Eliza, Ariane, Tamara, Diego, Eleni, Jackson, Tim, B Watch

Hey there land people!   

It was quite a thrilling and busy day on the Corwith Cramer! Amongst the mighty waves, we saw a large pod of common dolphins (a few of which rode our bow) and flying fish just a few hours later. Meanwhile in the lab, there was lots of processing going on because this morning we had our first Super Station on the Continental Shelf.

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