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SEA Currents: May 2020


May 29, 2020

Sampling for Plastics at Sea

Tristan Feldman, Chief Mate

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As the Robert C. Seamans sails from Hawai’i to California, we’re telling the story of the Pacific through ArcGIS Storymaps. We’re reposting some of the entries here, in our SEA Currents blog, but we encourage you to follow regular updates by going directly to Pacific Crossing 2020 StoryMaps.

Today started for me by waking up around 0930, finding some leftover breakfast on the hutch, and then going back to bed to do some reading and some more snoozing. When I reappeared around 11:30 I saw that it was flat calm and we were going to have a swim call in 15 minutes. The water here is slightly colder and saltier than near Hawaii, about 24 degrees Celsius and salinity is around 34 parts per thousand. It made for a refreshing swim and some great floating.

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May 28, 2020

Seamans in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre

Jan Witting, SEA Professor of Oceanography

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As the Robert C. Seamans sails from Hawai’i to California, we’re telling the story of the Pacific through ArcGIS Storymaps. We’re reposting some of the entries here, in our SEA Currents blog, but we encourage you to follow regular updates by going directly to Pacific Crossing 2020 StoryMaps.

As Captain Rick Miller described two days ago, there is an atmospheric high pressure located over the Seamans. He also described a pattern of winds rotating clockwise around the center of this high, resulting in a pattern of northeast trade winds in the low latitudes (equator to about 20˚ N), and the common northerly winds on the west coast of the US. Since the Seamans is a sailing vessel, we pay close attention to winds, but winds do far more than move the ship – they move the whole ocean!

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May 26, 2020

Life aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, alongside at Dyers Dock

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After the SEA Semester’s Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program (C-290) ended in St. Croix in March, a professional crew returned the SSV Corwith Cramer to Woods Hole, where it arrived April 18th.  Since then, the ship and a small crew have been alongside at Dyers Dock, making the ship ready for its next voyage, when the time is right.  Captain Kevin Murray is the master of the ship.  We asked him about daily life aboard the Cramer.

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May 26, 2020

Passage Planning

Rick Miller, Captain

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As the Robert C. Seamans sails from Hawai’i to California, we’re telling the story of the Pacific through ArcGIS Storymaps. We’re reposting some of the entries here, in our SEA Currents blog, but we encourage you to follow regular updates by going directly to Pacific Crossing 2020 StoryMaps.

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May 25, 2020

Underway Again

Anna Wietelmann, Assistant Scientist

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May 22, 2020

Numbers from our Trip

Cassie Sleeper, Mate

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We’ve MADE IT!!  We are tied up to the dock in downtown Honolulu and I got to command the vessel when docking which was quite fun and INTIMIDATING.  We arrived Monday and had Tuesday off to relax and re-connect with the outside world and family/friends before starting to get ready for our next leg.

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May 22, 2020

Summer Reading: Books for Young People

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Do you have youngsters in your family looking for good ocean-related books to read over the summer?  Our recent list of adult books recommended by SEA faculty was so well received, we decided to ask them what they recommend for young readers. Here’s what they suggested. (LG = Lower Grades K-3; MG = Middle Grades 4-8)

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May 21, 2020

Class on the Quarterdeck: Remote Learning from SEA

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During this period of social distancing, the faculty of Sea Education Association is pleased to offer a series of lectures called “Class on the Quarterdeck: Remote Learning from SEA.” These online events are free and open to the public.  To “attend” a lecture, simply click one of the links below.

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May 17, 2020

From the SEA Galley: Popovers!

Kim, Allison, & Peggy

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Happy World Baking Day! Looking for something appropriate for any meal of the day? From our SEA Galley to yours, here is a popover recipe! Thanks to sometimes steward Kim for the recipe, to captain Allison for making them, and to neighbor Peggy for the photo and use of her pan! Includes ingredients scaled for a ship’s company as well as tips for preparing on a heeled over vessel. ⁠

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May 12, 2020

From the SEA Galley: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ashley Look, SEA Steward

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Here is one of our favorite chocolate chip recipes. It’s peanut butter- chocolate chip, its delicious, and just so happens to also be gluten free, not that you would know. They are so tasty!

If you make them, we’d love to know if you liked them and to see pictures shared on social media!

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