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SEA Currents: Sep 2019

September 30, 2019

Baby Beluga


Last night was my first dawn watch; C watch was on from 0100 to 0700 after B watch took us through the international date line. To the Robert C. Seamans, September 29th never existed. When keeping watch overnight, the seas and the skies are dark, illuminated only by the stars, the moon, and the red lights on board our ship

September 28, 2019

La Elua! (2nd Day at Sea!)

Zuri Shanklin, B Watch, UNC Chapel Hill

Spend a Semester at Sea

After four nights on ship, and three spectacular days of learning in American Samoa, yesterday we set sail from Pago Pago Harbor. Though as individuals we had all awaited this moment by means of our own personal pilina, or relationship, with the dream of the voyage≈the visceral elation beamed from every face, connecting us all.

September 26, 2019

Enjoy Your Land-Legs While You Still Can

Maren Janda, C Watch, University of Washington



Looking back on today, and actually every day since arriving at Woods Hole, much has been accomplished, learned, and drilled into our brains since wake-up at 7am. For some it’s a refresher on how to sail and life on a boat, and to others, such as myself, it’s completely foreign. Regardless, we are all dying to untie her and let the wind carry us to Tonga.

September 26, 2019

In the Gilbert Canyon


Dear Friends and Family,

It’s Thursday evening, and our journey offshore is nearing its halfway point. Over the last day, we’ve passed Georges Bank, the historic cod fishing grounds east of Nantucket, and are currently sailing across the northern end of Gilbert Canyon, just east of Oceanographer Canyon, neighboring features of the North Atlantic floor that only seem to have been named for Williams-Mystic oceanographer Lisa Gilbert. (Anyone following along from home can find us by tracing a line east from Asbury Park, NJ.)

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September 26, 2019

Ocean Legacies: the Goffinet Family

Frances, Patty and Thomas Goffinet

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Patty and Tom Goffinet first met while students on W-61. Inspired by her parents’ experience, many years later, their daughter, Frances, also participated in SEA Semester on C-237.  These legacy alumni have chosen to count SEA among their philanthropic priorities, and, through their company, BlueTube, have created a special way to serve as ocean stewards, by ridding beaches of ocean plastic and raising money to support SEA in the process.

SEA: What inspired you each to do SEA Semester?

Thomas: My high school and college mate, Jim Salomon from W-53, came back and said it was great fun. Things seemed simpler then.

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September 26, 2019

SEA’s Dr. Kara Lavender Law Delivers Keynote Lecture at Middlebury’s Clifford Symposium

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SEA Semester in the NEWS
Middlebury Newsroom
“It’s an ‘Unfathomable’ Amount, Says Ocean Plastics Expert”

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Around 2007, Kara Lavender Law began hearing public reports of a floating patch of garbage in the Pacific Ocean—a great island of trash, of cast-off plastic polluting the world’s waters.

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September 25, 2019

Transporting Our Sense of Place

Bess Lawrence, B Watch, Hamilton College


Hello All!

We have officially spent a few days living aboard the Robert C. Seamans and it seems that we’re beginning to feel more comfortable calling it our home. On shore, during classes with Emily, we talked a great deal about sense of place.

September 25, 2019

Welcome to American Samoa

Kerry Whittaker, Chief Scientist


Welcome to American Samoa and the Robert C. Seamans, Class of S-288!

Late last night, one of the two weekly flights from Hawai’I to American Samoa arrived at the Pago Pago airport with 26 special visitors: the SEA Semester class of S288.

September 24, 2019

Williams-Mystic Program Begins


Dear friends and family,

It’s Tuesday evening, and we’ve been underway for almost twenty-four hours aboard the Sailing School Vessel Corwith Cramer. We’re deep in the Gulf of Maine, well out of sight of land, east of Skate Bank and Newfound Ground.

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September 17, 2019

SEA Semester Alumnae Discuss their Experiences on Vermont Public Radio

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What Two Middlebury Students Learned About Science From 19th Century Whalers
Vermont Public Radio

Later this week, Middlebury College is hosting a symposium focusing on the future of the world’s oceans. One of the discussions features two Middlebury College students, Jennifer Crandall and Caitlin Dicara, who will be sharing some of what they learned in a semester spent focusing on both marine ecology and the history of whaling.

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