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SEA Currents: Mar 2020


March 11, 2020

3 Hours as a Shadow

Lily Danna, Carleton College

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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

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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.


March 10, 2020

Dances with Dolphins

Will Robinson, University of Connecticut

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Hello world, it’s been so long since I’ve last communicated with you. A BOAT LOAD of stuff has happened since the last time I wrote in the blog but you’ve probably heard most of it from some of the other wonderful people on this ship. I won’t hit you with all the details, I can tell endless stories as soon as I get home.


March 10, 2020

Finding a New Home on Bobby C.

Justin Sankey, Lawrence University

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been a little homesick lately. This being said, I have also come to think of this ship as my home, with all of its weird and wonderful quirks. I can finally find my way around the ship in the pitch black and recognize my friends/shipmates in the dark before hearing their voice.


March 09, 2020

The Ecosystem of a Ship

Ava-Rose Beech, Kenyon College

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On our first full, 6-hour watch underway on the ship, I was assigned to the engine room. During our time here, each student gets the opportunity to spend a day in the life of the ship’s engineers (the dynamic duo: Henry and Sonia).


March 09, 2020

In Which Pooh and Eeyore have Watch in the Lab and Christopher Robin is Patient with Them

Jessie Floyd, B Watch, Bard College

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Pooh woke up to the sound of her name being repeated over and over again. She popped her head happily out of her bunk. The best thing about being woken up for morning watch was the chance to eat a little something (or perhaps a larger something) for breakfast before getting to work


March 08, 2020

The Watches, Ranked

Oscar Zahner, C Watch, University of Washington

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Ever since the apocalypse proved to be a little bit of an inconvenience and we had to divert our course away from the shores of Dominica and past the really fun-looking white sand beaches of Saint Martin, we’ve all fallen into the maritime rhythm of things.


March 08, 2020

Self-Care at Sea

Gillian Murphey, DePaul University

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Today is day four of our longest sea stretch of the trip, which will last eleven days total. I can’t decide if that seems like a short trip or an eternity. It feels as if the days at sea are nebulous at best and nonexistent at worst. Time is entirely defined by purpose here, which is a big shift from life on land.


March 08, 2020

Into the Gale

Jackie O'Malley, Kenyon College

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I’ve always been drawn to the sea. Ever since I can remember, the ocean is where I’ve felt the happiest- and the most at home. Days spent building enormous sandcastles with my dad and brother on the bustling beaches of Narragansett, summers full of freckles and laughter at sailing school, roadside clam strips with my mom on our way to the Cape, and bone-chilling sunrise plunges into Copenhagen harbor last semester with friends.


March 07, 2020

Contemplating the Depths

Geoff Geis, Mate in Training

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Were I challenged to summarize the sailor’s experience in a single word, I believe I would choose ‘dichotomous’.  The thought has indeed struck me many times over these last years since I took up this job – no, lifestyle – of being a sail training merchant mariner.  While not an easy lifestyle, it is a simple one – and in many ways, concrete as well as abstract, it is also quite dichotomous.


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