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July 04, 2014

4th of July at Sea

Andrew Futerman, B Watch, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Oregon State University

Today is July 4th, the day the United States of America celebrates her independence from Britain. Similarly, the Robert C. Seamans is celebrating an independence today, and her crew are glad to help with some festivities (string-poppers and apple pie, yum!) For today, the Seamans and her crew are finally independent from the shadow of Hawai'i and into the mighty Pacific Ocean.

July 03, 2014

Alien Ocean

Erik Marks, A-Watch, Hamilton College

While acting lookout during today’s morning watch, I thought of the late journalist and author Christopher Hitchens, who pointed out that a planet which “…supports life on some of its surface some of the time,” was probably not made with humans in mind. Standing on the bow of the Robert C. Seamans as we motor-sailed across an empty Pacific on the second day of our voyage, I could not help but agree.

July 02, 2014

S254, Protecting the Phoenix Islands, Begins

Jan Witting, Chief Scientist


We are on our way to the Phoenix Islands!  The island of Oahu and the lights of Honolulu are fast receding in our wake as we are heading into the night and toward Enderbury Island (our next landfall) in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA).  Still some 1500 nautical miles to go and an equator to cross before we get there, but we are on our way.

Our mission on this six-week voyage is to make the first comprehensive oceanographic survey of PIPA, a vast marine protected area about the size of the state of California.

June 30, 2014

Historic Seaports of Western Europe | Expedition Blog | c254


The students of C-254, Historic Seaports of Western Europe, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Cork, Ireland, by July 4th. After a brief shore component, they will depart on their voyage, ending in Cádiz, Spain, around August 2nd.

June 30, 2014

S254, Protecting the Phoenix Islands

The students of S-254, Protecting the Phoenix Islands, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Honolulu, HI by Tuesday, July 1st. They will end their voyage around August 11th in American Samoa, after an extended stay during their cruise in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.

June 28, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 28 June 2014

Audrey Meyer, C253 Chief Scientist

It’s very early on a gorgeous Saturday morning. We’re safely secured to the dock in downtown Cork, after a scenic transit of about 14 miles up the river from the Irish coast. We tied up at about 1730 yesterday, enjoyed a delicious All Hands dinner of pesto and fresh bread, and shared a final evening’s swizzle that showcased the many talents of our shipmates.

June 26, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 26 June 2014

Beckett Colson, A Watch, MIT


Hello! We’re comfortably at anchor off of the coast of Ireland next to a big cliff. There are small coves in the rocks where hundreds of birds were roosting earlier today. All day I’‘ve been getting used to seeing land on the horizon. It’s so strange to see land after so long. When we were further away, it was easy to mistake it as a very odd cloud. It’s very exciting to see so much green.

June 25, 2014

HPU-SEA Aloha ‘Aina Success

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist for Sea Education Association

Aloha Family and Friends,
We are happy to report that the HPU-SEA Aloha ‘Aina cruise (S253) has been a resounding success.  The students, crew, and faculty are well and the SSV Robert C. Seamans is safe and sound tied up alongside Aloha Tower in downtown Honolulu, HI.  Our final task onboard is to give our home a thorough scrub and then students will move back to their familiar HPU campus home to clean themselves, I hope, before they meet with tonight’s guest speaker.

June 25, 2014

C253 Web Blog 25 June 2014

Meara Louise Cafferata, B Watch, Pacific Northwest College of Art


Hey y’’all, we found Ireland!  At approximately 0600 this morning we had our first sighting of land in just about three weeks.  Ocean ocean ocean ocean ocean ocean Ireland!  I woke up from my post mid watch ‘sleep of gender neutral royalty’ (also known as ‘sleep of Kings’) and immediately ran up on deck to find Ireland off the port beam.  It’s hard to describe the feeling of seeing Ireland after such an amazing journey to get here.  We always knew Ireland was our ultimate goal, but until we saw the rolling hills and epic cliffs overlooking the sea it was easy to forget just how far we have traveled. 

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June 24, 2014

Day 4: Lanai

Sabrina Hutchinson, B Watch, Hawai’i Pacific University, Marine Biology


Ahoy S-253 Friends and Family!

Day four of our sailing voyage led us to anchor off the west side of Lana’i for the night before motor sailing to Manele Bay this morning. It’s hard to believe that our voyage is coming to an end already; it feels as though just yesterday we were coming aboard and learning the ropes (figuratively and literally!). In such a short amount of time we have bonded with the crew and each other while learning nautical skills including knot tying, sail setting, and steering. I believe I can speak for everyone when I say that we are truly grateful for all of the opportunities that this SEA Semester has offered to us, especially lifelong friendships and memories.

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