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October 21, 2014

Learning to Like New Things

Sarah Williams, C Watch, Colorado College

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Aboard the Robert C. Seamans one day seems to last a lifetime, as well as pass by in a second. Scrambling into my bunk each night as I lay my head on my pillow it feels almost impossible that it was in fact only twenty-four hours ago when your shipmate nicely cooed you awake that morning by saying your name with an ever-increasing tone of urgency. Before boarding the ship our head resident in Woods Hole, Jeremy, told us to treat the ship as a new country. He explained that with the boat comes a new language, new customs, and a new culture that we would get used to, but that it would also take time.


October 21, 2014

Roman Relics

Greg Shoemaker, C Watch, Colgate University

The Global Ocean

“Not a single British ship sank – both the Spanish and French were devastated, and far worse than the battle was the storm that followed… but at least we got Admiral Nelson.”

Such was spoken candidly by an archeological specialist at the Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Historico Centro de Arqueologia Subacuatica, during our first day in Cádiz. On this date, 209 years ago, the royal British naval fleet sailed in a V-formation (a noted specialty of Admiral Horatio Nelson’s) to separate the two lines of ships constituted by the Spanish and French naval forces.

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October 20, 2014

Research in Fiji

Rebeca Murillo, A Watch, Boston University

For the last three, almost four weeks the students aboard the Robert C. Seamans have been busy learning the language of sailing, getting use to standing watch and becoming accustomed to ship life. In addition, we have been working on student projects because after all this is a sailing school vessel (although sometimes we forget). Usually all we want to do when we first dock at a new island is explore every foreign inch, yet time has to be set aside to find individuals who will answer our burning questions about all sorts of subjects. From Troca shells to sharks and religion to traditional artifacts, our interest range is broad. So venturing off with a buddy to find helpful locals has been a part of this experience.


October 20, 2014

Past is Present

Jennifer Seely, B Watch, Kenyon College

The Global Ocean

Visiting different places in Spain by boat gives us a great perspective on the diversity of this nation. In Barcelona, they spoke Catalan rather than Spanish. In Palma, they lived on island time and had villages and agricultural terraces built into the cliffs. In Cádiz, they speak with an accent that sounds like a gentle lisp, and a short bus drive inland reveals deeply colored rolling farmland and bulls with big horns. Tomorrow, we leave the dock and head for Madeira, a Portuguese island!


October 19, 2014

In the Galley

Devin Duplaisir, C Watch, Cornell University

The Global Ocean

As I sit in the Main Salon, waiting to relieve Amie as the dock watch-stander at 0200, I have begun to reminisce on the events of days passed, and what an amazing adventure this has been thus far. From sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar with a flock of flamingos leaving us on our port side, to making new Spanish friends and sharing drinks and tapas together, this has truly been a once in a lifetime experience. And now I sit alone in the Main Salon, tasked with the job of writing the blog for today’s events.


October 19, 2014

Docked in Fiji

Hugh MacKay, A Watch, Vassar College

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After days of mounting anticipation we arrived in Suva, Fiji. The majority of the morning was spent piloting our way safely into the dock and clearing customs. This was a group effort that involved striking and setting sails and preparing the ship for the dock. Having done this several times already, we whipped through many of the tasks that only a week ago took the entire arrival process for us to complete. In the down time between clearing customs and docking, many of the students and staff spent their time vying over the only Fiji guide book on the boat to plan out our days for when we hit shore.


October 18, 2014

Cultural Exchanges

Genny Francis, B Watch, Washington and Lee University

The Global Ocean

This morning after a tasty breakfast of eggs and bacon, we left the port and headed to the Museum of Cadiz at 1030.  We looked at artifacts from the Phoenician period dating back to 1100 BC including jewelry with intricate designs, handmade beads, and pottery.  The next area in the museum was about the Roman city of Gades, which is underneath modern Cadiz, and we got to look at items that have been excavated, including a portion of the aqueduct. Greg and I have been working on a research project about the Roman remains in Cadiz, so it was really cool to actually see it firsthand and to talk with the archeologist from the University of Cadiz.


October 18, 2014

Crossing 180°

Shenandoah & LP, Deckhands

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C watch had its first non-squally dawn watch today.  This resulted in the first viewing of the Southern Cross, just before a stunning sunrise illuminated the little islands we’d been watching on radar TV throughout the wee hours of the morning.  Dawn watch also meant that we had our first “weekend” (off watch for the two consecutive six-hour watches).  The consequent naps were much enjoyed.


October 17, 2014

Flamenco

Maya Knight, University of Redlands

The Global Ocean

There are not many better ways to wake up on the Cramer than to French toast and the promise of CADIZ.  After coming into the port in dense fog and slightly rainy but very picturesque weather, we docked around 1030 Spanish time. Everyone enjoyed a quick recuperation and shower hour before setting off for our very busy day in southwest Spain.


October 17, 2014

Land Ho, Fiji

Kristen Kuzil, B Watch, Northeastern University

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Land Ho, Fiji! Today we cruised into the Fijian archipelago, sighting the first few tiny islets early this afternoon. For me, Fiji is the most anticipated destination on our cruise track. Anxious to see what kind of mythical paradise exists behind the square bottles of “volcanically filtered water” and the so-beautiful-it-must-be-retouched photos yielded from a google search, I can’t wait to dock in Suva.  The seas have been a bit rougher on this leg of the trip as we finally edge into the path of the south east trade winds, so I’m sure the more sea sick members of our voyage are anxious for docking as well.


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