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SEA Currents: The Global Ocean: New Zealand


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.


March 07, 2020

Those who keep us afloat: The professional crew of the RCS

Grace Leuchtenberger, Carleton College

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Ocean life has treated us to a new lifestyle, new friendships, and most importantly, new guides in this strange world. The professional crew of the Robert C. Seamans is the force that has taught us everything from how to eat on a gimbaled table, to proper wake-up etiquette, to sail trimming and setting


March 06, 2020

A year ago

Dillon LaViale, B Watch, George Washington University

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Life can really take you places. Physically, we have sailed over 1700 nautical miles, been to three countries/territories, and sailed passed countless more.  But also in what you see, do, feel, accomplish, and even eat, life can surprise you.


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