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April 10, 2019

1000 Miles!

Tristan Feldman, 2nd Mate/Bosun

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Today marked 1000 miles sailed and we have made it far enough North that it has started to get warm. People are hanging out in t-shirts and shorts and the boat is alive in a way it hasn’t really been yet. The fore deck gym is in full swing, with people attempting to do as many push-ups as miles we’ve sailed.

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April 10, 2019

Friendship and Safety

Will Sandke, B-Watch, Smith College

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Today is my busy day. I had watch from 0100 until 0700 and I have watch again from 1900 until 0100. Which means not a lot of sleep, but I get to watch the sunrise and the sunset! This morning during watch I was on lab duty, so I processed a Neuston tow with Rose and then completed a DNA extraction for my group project on Sargassum shrimp parasites.


April 09, 2019

First part soon to be over

Embla Uleberg, B Watch, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

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We are going into our second week here on the Seamans since we left Lyttelton. But it feels like we have been here for months! I have learned so much and been tested in various ways already.

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April 09, 2019

A small boat sailed to the big mat of Sargassum

Jane Sheng, University of Washington

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Today we decided to approach another big mat of Sargassum and take some samples from it using our small boat. Mats of Sargassum are very rare to see.  For example, our Captain Jason has sailed this cruise track north six times while it’s the first time to really encounter such large mats of Sargassum with such consistency.


April 08, 2019

A Squally Day

Amy Mikolajczyk, C Watch, SUNY Maritime College

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We’ve completed our first whole week at sea! And it was an 8 day week, since we also passed the International Date Line a couple days ago. We even had two Saturdays last weekend!


April 08, 2019

SEA’s Dr. Kara Lavender Law Discusses Plastics Pollution at Franklin & Marshall College

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As part of F&M’s Sustainability Week, at last Thursday’s Common Hour, Dr. Kara Lavender Law, a Research Professor of Oceanography at the Sea Education Association, spoke on the harmful effects that plastics in our oceans can have on marine life.


April 08, 2019

A Weekend Briefing: What You Missed!

Mary Noyes, Whitman College

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Saturday: FIELD DAY

“Field Day” aboard the Cramer is not the giant extended recess you remember from your elementary school days. There is no swing set, or giant game of capture the flag. Instead it is an entire afternoon dedicated to cleaning.


April 07, 2019

What a Day at Sea

Ally Nestler, C Watch, Warren Wilson College

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Well today was field day, and for all of you who instantly thought of elementary school races and water balloon fights, think again!  Field day is a day of cleaning the whole ship (which we do every day) but more!

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April 06, 2019

Fancy Friday Fun and Albatrosses

Adrienne Tracy, A Watch, Colby College

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Yesterday we left the Chatham Islands and our last sight of land for a while. We got to enjoy the calm seas in the port for a little while and we all got to sit up on deck and enjoy the sun! Some people even climbed up the foremast as we were leaving and got some great views of the islands.

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April 06, 2019

Saying Goodbye to New Zealand and Friends

Ginny Svec, A Watch, Smith College

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It’s the first April 6th here on the Robert C. Seamans! We will cross the international dateline and move back a day at one am our time tonight. I am a part of A watch here on ship, and today A watch had morning watch from 7 am to 1 pm and will have watch dawn watch at the time change, from 1 am tonight to 7 am tomorrow morning—the second April 6th!

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