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July 15, 2014

C254 Blog 15 July 2014

Stephen Brennan, Bridgewater State University

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Good Morning to all back home! Stephen here, reporting on the Corwith Cramer’s daily functions. We are currently.SAILING! After motor-sailing for the last couple of days since leaving Douarnenez, everyone was getting anxious to get back under sail. The winds are finally coming at us from the west allowing us to set the Four Lowers and the JT as the sun shines over the Bay of Biscay. This morning, while I was on dawn watch, dolphins protruded out of the water around us! The fascinating creatures cruised ahead of us, exciting the crew and students alike to see such fauna in the pre-dawn moonlight.


July 15, 2014

Anticipating PIPA

Jan Witting, Chief Scientist

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We crossed the equator on Sunday morning, the day we entered into PIPA. There is always a celebration of the event, crossing the line is a big thing for a sailor, for the first time in particular.  Of course around the ship nothing changes, the same trade winds push us along, the same waves stretch into the horizon.  Drawing lines into the high seas can seem like a funny business!


July 14, 2014

We made it to PIPA!

Rachel Greenough, B Watch, Second Mate, brand new shellback

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We made it to PIPA!  After more than 1500 nautical miles, we motor-sailed into the Phoenix Islands Protected Area right on time at 2000 last night.  As we hove to in preparation for our first PIPA superstation, we were greeted by the passage of a squall and a truly spectacular moonrise. Since our first squall, B Watch has greeted weather phenomena with a round of the song game, in which we brainstorm and sing lyrics that feature a particularly relevant word (rain, sun, clouds…).


July 14, 2014

C254 Blog 14 July 2014

Becca Mellema, Whitman College

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Au revoir, Douarnenez… Hello, Bay of Biscay! (For my mom, it’s pronounced: Do-are-nuh-nay. I finally figured out how to say it).

We woke up bright and early to finish dawn clean-up and to prepare our beautiful vessel for another wonderful voyage. This time, though, we were bound not for another French port, but to Lisbon, Portugal! As excited as we all were, we still had a brief moment of sorrow for the crepes and croissants we have to leave behind. They will be missed.


July 13, 2014

A Cookie Cutter Shark

Mary Engels, 2nd Assistant Scientist

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Wow, what a day…  Late last night and during the wee hours of this morning the science lab kicked into gear and deployed our standard hydrocast to collect water sample from the deep.  After 1000m of wire out, the carousel came back aboard full of water and surprises.  While the hydrocast is normally a device for collecting water samples and CTD data, this particular morning, we collected another very special sample.


July 13, 2014

C254 Blog 13 July 2014

Alexander Morrow, Bard College at Simon's Rock

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Hi all, and happy Bastille Day!
Today could not have made for a better last full day in France. Starting off bright and early, we woke to a mountain of fresh croissants, pain au chocolate, and baguettes, courtesy of our most generous land contact, Brooks, before a day packed with adventures.


July 12, 2014

MOCHNESS + Pilot Whales

Mackenzie Haberman, A Watch, Chief Mate, Cheez-It-enthusiast

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I’m not going to lie, today has been BUSY! Saturdays really are full of fun, learning and aquatic treats. Today started out for A Watch with a fast paced morning watch, sailing under all fore and aft sails up until our science station at 0900.  The much anticipated MOCNESS made its first foray into the depths for this trip with a 400 meter tow, cumulatively taking about two hours of towing time. Molly and Erik did some spot on steering, with over a mile of wire over the side.


July 12, 2014

C254 Blog 12 July 2014

Doug Licitra, Saint Joseph's University

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Hey!
Doug here, reporting in on our third night in France. Douarnenez seems like a great city. All of the locals have been very welcoming and kind (even when I painfully struggle to place an order speaking in jumbled French at the crepe restaurant). I had never had crepes prior to this trip but I think I’ve eaten more than enough to make up for the lost time.


July 11, 2014

Approach to the Equator

Marissa Shaw, B Watch, Sailing Intern

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Hello to all you Lovely Land Lubbers (We love alliterations here aboard the Mama Seamans), this is Marissa, 1/3 of the D.O.D, or Department of Deckhands that is sailing this awesome PIPA SEA Semester.  Today has been yet another glorious day aboard, and as we pasted through the meteorological equator aka the Doldrums, aka the ITCZ, we have been able to secure the Main Engine and sail once more.


July 10, 2014

S254: The Interviews

Ashley Meyer & Chrissy Dykeman, C Watch, 3rd Mate & 1st Scientist

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Good evening and welcome to a special segment of the S254 blog, these are your intrepid C watch officers Shlee and Chrissy reporting live from 5° North News at 2100. Tonight we bring you breaking news on the goings-on aboard the SSV Robert C Seamans. We interviewed several crew members here in the Pacific on their thoughts on a variety of topics and events that we have experienced lately. The format for the first set of questions was rapid-fire, stream-of-consciousness answers in order to get to the heart of the matter.


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