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SEA Currents: Mar 2020

March 22, 2020

Human Uses of Ocean Space Consensus: Wellington

Marija Miklavčič, University of Rochester


Despite the choppiness of the sea following the last of our gales, we arrived at Wellington Harbor enough ahead of schedule that we hove to for the night in Cook Strait. Even with doing that, we docked off of Queens Wharf around 1130, after only a few hours of navigating our way through the harbor.

March 18, 2020

Time of Reflection

Lindsay Agvent, University of Rhode Island


A few days ago we found out that we would have to go home early from Wellington because of the COVID-19 virus, and since then we have all been trying to make the most of what time we had left. It’s been hard. Unfortunately, we missed out on the entire last leg of our trip that would take us to Christchurch.

March 17, 2020

Te Papa and the Nature of Plans

Leif Saveraid, Luther College


Today has been quite a day. When we arrived in Wellington yesterday, it felt like the world crashed into us. Today felt like two different worlds. As planned, we visited Te Papa, which is Aotearoa New Zealand’s national museum. As such, it tries to present a unified idea of New Zealand that people can support.

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March 16, 2020

A Highlight Reel: “C-290 in a Nutshell”

Kaylie Williams, C Watch, Beloit College


Surveys. I think most people actually despise them. So much that sometimes they try to get out of participating. But try as they might to escape my pestering, I tracked down (nearly) everyone onboard for this one.

March 12, 2020

T’was the night before anchor…

Anna Capitano, B Watch, College of the Atlantic


T’was the night before anchor, when all through the boat, MOST people were sleeping as we were afloat.

March 12, 2020

Lookout, Stir-Crazy, and Sea Gods/Goddesses

Kendall Hanks


In the deck watch rotation, positions rotate every hour. They are lookout, helm, weather/navigation, and boat check. Lookout used to be my least favorite position because time always passed so slowly, and I thought there was nothing to do except stare out over the vast blue ocean towards the horizon. Many watch rotations later, lookout has become one of my favorite positions

March 11, 2020

Be Where your Feet Are

Olivia Lord, 3rd Assistant Scientist


At precisely 11:43 this morning, C watch piled onto the elephant table amongst the sails alongside their current watch officers, Kevo, Geoff, and I, for our routine watch meeting-a tradition that occurs before every afternoon watch. The Cramer once more surrounded by land and calm waters, Virgin Gorda to the east, Tortola to the west, bright skies and blue-tinged cumulus clouds above.

March 11, 2020

The Floating Island

Kaitlin Kornachuk, Stonehill College


As we approach Wellington with only 11 days left on our floating classroom, academic deadlines are in full swing. Five main things remain: “Sense of Place” travel stories, science research Projects, “Oceans and Global Change” ocean health projects, the “Maritime History and Culture” final exam, and final “Leadership in a Dynamic Environment” essays

March 11, 2020

3 Hours as a Shadow

Lily Danna, Carleton College


When applying to SEA Semester, I thought that I would be missing out on the experience to be surrounded by a new culture and language to the extent that those studying in non-English speaking countries have. However, I quickly realized that living on a tall ship does require learning a new language of sorts.

March 10, 2020

Listening to Whales

Sophie Davis, Sailing Intern


As a SEA alum and former sailing intern/assistant steward aboard Cramer, I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the past three weeks sailing with the students and crew of C-290 in a new capacity. With a background in music and environmental studies, I have always been fascinated by sound and most recently by underwater soundscapes and marine mammal communication.

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