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SEA Currents: The Global Ocean: New Zealand

November 12, 2014

The Global Ocean: New Zealand, Fall 2014


The students of The Global Ocean: New Zealand will board the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Auckland by November 14th (or November 13th, depending on your timezone). Their voyage will end around December 23rd, in Wellington, New Zealand.

November 08, 2014

A Journey Comes to an End

Veronica St.Onge, University of Denver


As I write this final post I sit and wonder where the time went.  Explaining what the trip was like is going to be hard for all of us.  Pictures and journals will help; however, only we know exactly how we feel.  The certain aspects of our trip have allowed us to become a unique family that would not be the same without all members of C255.

To attempt to offer everyone a glimpse into our experiences I have listed what each member of C255, staff included, has said he or she will miss the most.  Enjoy!

November 07, 2014

Human Impacts

Mary Malloy, Ph.D., Professor of Maritime Studies

The Global Ocean

Three months ago we set out to look at how humans have impacted coastal and marine environments and we have learned much more than we anticipated.  On the Atlantic coast of Spain at Baelo Claudia, we visited the site of a Roman city from two thousand years ago where we saw evidence of an active ancient tuna fishery, and of an industrial plant set up to salt tons of fish annually for shipment along the northern Mediterranean coast and across the Strait of Gibraltar to Africa.

November 05, 2014

Final Deployments

Matt Hirsch, First Assistant Scientist

The Global Ocean

It was another momentous day about the Corwith Cramer on our short passage between the Madeiran and Canary Islands. The two big events were our final wire deployment and my birthday! On this final wire deployment, we paid out about 2000 meters of wire with a CTD (Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth) and a payload of artistically designed Styrofoam coffee cups, together forming what we call the “Styrocast.” It is a long oceanographic tradition to write some commemorative words on a styrofoam coffee cup and send it deep into the blue, where the incredible amount of water presses down on the cups and results in a souvenir that is about the size of a shot glass.

November 05, 2014

Final Day of Sailing

Holly Moynahan, A Watch, Colorado College


Today was both another day of sailing, and the last day of sailing (gasp!). We arrive in Auckland tomorrow morning at 9 am-a bitter sweet thing to think about for us all. As a result, many of my comrades and I have been reflecting quite a bit about our trip and all the incredible experiences, memories, and relationships we have made-especially the relationships we have built with each other, each island, the ship, and ourselves.

Those last two are a really big one for most of us, I’d say.

November 04, 2014

Junior Watch Officer

Mih Taylor, C-Watch, Cheyney University

The Global Ocean

Today I was the Junior Watch Officer. I have had two shadow sessions where I practiced for “JWO” but today was my first official session. There were morning science deployments and I knew there would be a lot of sail handling because of them to heave the ship to. I had my notes and my watch members, so in my mind everything was good. And it was! With the conglomerate effort of my great watch members, C Watch was able to fluently “heave to” for science and gybe to continue on our path to the Canary Islands.

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November 04, 2014

Reflections on a Journey

Ray (Lauren) Vogel, B Watch, University of Chicago


There is something strange and wonderful nowadays about doing something on deck and glancing past your shipmates to see water lying away to the horizon, all around you, always present.  About night watch, when it is so dark and people wear so many layers that you recognize many of them only by voice; when, as soon as they stop talking and fade away to their various tasks, you are left alone, at helm or on lookout, with only the sky and the quiet, rolling ocean, and the ship below you pulling south into the cold.

November 03, 2014

Nautical Idioms

Jennifer, Maya, and Courtney, B Watch, A Watch, A Watch / Kenyon, Redlands, Sewanee

The Global Ocean

Hello, world!
Today, we sailed out of Madeira at 1300. It was the last time we got to leave port and set out to sea together, and it was incredible to see how far we have come as sailors since Barcelona. All three watches came together as the crew of the SSV Corwith Cramer. In excellent time, we hoisted the main staysail, the fore staysail, the jib, the topsail, and the mainsail.

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November 02, 2014

Laws of the Sea

Mohamed Ali Geawhari

The Global Ocean

Greetings, I am Chuck Lea the Chief Scientist aboard the Corwith Cramer for cruise C255. When we plan a cruise, the Law of the Sea requires us to submit a Request for Clearance to the State Department so that they can arrange for us to take Oceanographic samples in foreign waters. As a part of that request, the countries whose waters we are sampling are invited to send an observer so that they may become familiar with what we do. This has led to a variety of enriching exchanges over the years, and no less so on our first Global Ocean trip into the Mediterranean and eastern North Atlantic.

November 02, 2014

Crafting + Science

Lauren Speare, B-Watch, UNC Chapel Hill


Crafting has taken over the Robert C. Seamans! In every gathering area students and staff can be seen sewing sail cloth, weaving turk’s heads, and scrambling to get the last palm (acts like a thimble for sail needles). Sleep has been sacrificed, one student (me) making the decision to have a 21 hour day instead of taking a crucial pre-watch nap. Some are quite creative and skilled, creating beautiful coin purses in no time at all, while others are less artistic and seek the advice and guidance of the Crafting Queen (Kristen). As we near New Zealand, sail cloth is running low and the crafting epidemic will come to an end.

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