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SEA Currents: Dec 2019


December 16, 2019

Welcome to Antigua!

Liz Harris, Missouri State University

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Ahoy readers! It’s Liz from Missouri State again (Go Bears!). Today, December 16, started in Montserrat with A Watch on the deck from 0700 to 1300. The crew woke to the smell of bagels and lox that Izzy and Jamie made for us. Watch was exciting to say the least, with a squall that brought out our full foul weather gear, even the pants!


December 15, 2019

The Island of Ash

Brett Bohnert, Grinnell College

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Ahoy! My name is Brett and I am a senior at Grinnell College. Today we finally set foot on Montserrat, which was a long-awaited moment considering we’ve been staring at it for three days! After shuttling everyone over in a very bumpy, splashy ride in our small boats, we began a bus tour of the island.


December 15, 2019

Murky Waters, Goat Cheese Salad, and Small Boat Tinkering

Francesca Whitecross, Middlebury College ’23.5

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Hello and welcome to my second blog post! Today was quite busy. It started off with a 0300-0430 anchor watch with Dan. While we were both pretty exhausted and a bit grumpy, we enjoyed looking at the stars and chatted as the wind howled next to us. Then we had breakfast, featuring one of my favorite cereals (honey smacks), plenty of yogurt, and freshly cut mango.


December 14, 2019

31 Things

Maia Anderson & Mollie Ockene, American University & Middlebury College

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Today we left Great Barrier Island and sailed back to anchorage just outside of Auckland, marking the end of our trip. For our blog today we have decided to share 31 things (for the 31 people on board) that we and our shipmates have learned about life aboard the SSV Bobby C. along the way:


December 13, 2019

Adrenaline Junkies and Foc’sle Funky

Mathilde Tash, University of Rhode Island

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Hello land people, it’s Mathilde! This morning we anchored the boat in another bay at Great Barrier Island with more civilization. Lots of people went ashore for hiking and French fries though I stayed behind to savor the boat in our final days on board the Robert C. Seamans.


December 13, 2019

Intellectual Paradise

Jamie Dinulos, C Watch, Dartmouth College

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Dear friends, family, friends of friends, and family of friends,

My name is Jamie Dinulos, and I am a senior at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Like my shipmates before me, I am writing to you all today from the Caribbean aboard the 135 ft. legend of a vessel named the Corwith Cramer. If you are just tuning in to our daily broadcasts, allow me to provide a quick recap of the past few days.


December 12, 2019

Report from Great Barrier Island

Amalia Murgueitio Calle, Universidad de Los Andes

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Amalia from C watch here! Happy to report on the beautiful day we had anchored in a bay in the Great Barrier Island. Summer vibes on this part of the world! (Or at least they look like summer vibes to this tropical girl) and seas as calm as a mirror.


December 12, 2019

Reefs, Rainbows, and Rendezvous: First Reef Survey Day in Montserrat

Caroline Caton, C Watch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hello, friends! My name is Caroline and I am from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Today, I get to tell the tale of our first day of snorkel adventures in Montserrat! After an eventful morning of chore duty, C Watch loaded into the small boats (we helped build the “Station Wagon” yesterday!) and headed out to Rendezvous Bay at 1030.


December 11, 2019

Finding Freedom at Sea

Kiernan Crough, College of the Atlantic

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T’was the night before reef day, and all through the boat, not a creature was stirring, not even a goat. A few hours earlier, we had anchored at Little Bay, Montserrat and now Kersten, Jamie, and I stood anchor watch from 2230 till 0100.


December 11, 2019

Last Days Aloft

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When people say that time flies, ask them what happens when time sails! The amount of information and sights and smells and thoughts and so many other things that occurred over the last few weeks seem nearly infinite. Yesterday was our last day at sea, which started with a squall that had us nearly walking on the bulkheads of the ship and drenched above deck, but that soon changed!


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