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SEA Currents: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems


February 18, 2014

S251 Weblog 18 February 2014

Charlotte Bloom, A watch, Union College

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What an amazing few days in Nuku Hiva! Yesterday, we invited twenty local high school students aboard the Robert C. Seamans for a day sail, and it was a blast! We headed out of Taiohae Bay and quickly set the tops’l, and the stays’ls. This was a first for all of us, as we had yet to see the tops’l set. When hauling on the lines, we need all the help that we can get, and the Marquesan guys were a huge help!


February 18, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 18 February 2014

Lenna Quackenbush

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As the first student blogger on our trip, I would like to formally say “Hello” from the class of C-251! We are now fully immersed in all parts of ship life, from handling sails on the deck, to science, to helping in the galley. Sometimes it feels as though we are learning a different language with the amount of new information and vocabulary coming our way.

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February 17, 2014

S251 Weblog 17 February 2014

Margaret Giese, B Watch, Macalester College

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Nuka Hiva is a place laden with history. Yesterday we got a glimpse of its history, as well as some of the natural marvels of the landscape, as we RV’ed around the island traveling to 4 different valleys—Taiohae, Taipivai, Hatiheu and Houmi—viewing the island from car windows with the occasional photo or historical pit stop along the way.  Many of us were more than happy to spend some time sitting down after the hike we went on the day before.  We happen to be in Nuka Hiva during its wet season so everything is especially green and the rivers especially full.


February 17, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 17 February 2014

Becky Slattery, Assistant Steward

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I am pleased to report that all is well on board the Corwith Cramer. As we rock and roll our way across the ocean life is looking quite nice for the C-251crew. Sails are set, the fish are jumping/flying, science is happening, the daystar is burning, & the fishing line is out.

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February 16, 2014

S251 Weblog 16 February 2014

Sarah Herard, Chief Mate, SEA Alum C-197

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Hello!
I’m Sarah, the Chief Mate of the Robert C. Seamans. Today I had an awesome day on the ship. We are at anchor in Nuku Hiva, a beautiful, green, volcanic island in the Marquesas. Our anchorage is in a protected bay with mountains towering high on three sides. We are about a mile in from the mouth of the bay, and there are smaller cruising sailboats anchored between us and the public dock.


February 16, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 16 February 2014

Thom Young, Sailing Intern

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It has been a mere 24 hours since setting sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Yet, already, land is far out of sight and the students of our watch are being fully immersed into the world of sailing and oceanographic research.  Many aboard are fighting battles of mind over body against the stomach churning “mal del mar,” and the blisters and raw skin from heavy line handling are just beginning to take their toll.  It is rarely easy to enter the guarded domain of Neptune and Poseidon. 

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February 15, 2014

S251 Weblog 15 February 2014

Levi Shaw-Faber, B Watch, Bard College 2015

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Today on a remote Polynesian island called Nuka Hiva, I got married. In a traditional Marquesan service, my hair and the hair of my current wife, Zoe Walpuck (Denison 2015), were woven together and bathed with soothing scented oils.  Zoe, after realizing what she had just done, quickly annulled the marriage so I guess I cannot call her my “current” wife any more. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.

It all started when the Robert C. Seamans pulled up, literally out of the blue, to a tall and dark island.


February 15, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 15 February 2014

Janet Bering, 3rd Assistant Scientist

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Greetings from the Atlantic Ocean! Class C251 is officially underway heading north (ish) (and hopefully east!) from San Juan, Puerto Rico. We are sailing full and by, beating to windward as we make our way towards Antigua, our first port stop.

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February 14, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 14 February 2014

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies Faculty

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The program “Ocean Exploration, Caribbean,” C-251, has now begun.  Thirteen students from ten different American colleges and schools have boarded the Corwith Cramer and have started their orientation for life aboard a tall ship—their “sea component.”  Some students arrived in San Juan a number of days ago with friends and family and have begun the “port stop” exploration that will be an integral part of the program.  The sixteenth-century walled city of Old San Juan will provide an excellent starting point for comparing and contrasting the histories, cultures and economies of the Caribbean island nations we visit.

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February 14, 2014

S251 Weblog 14 February 2014

Shoshana Moriarty, B Watch, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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It may not feel like February here in the tropics, but students and crew awoke this morning eager to celebrate Valentines Day the Bobby C way. Earlier in the week we randomly chose Valentines-Secret Santa style-to make cards, poems, or gifts for. With the help of the craft drawer in the main salon where we eat meals, students and crew made everything from funny poems and sweet letters to a handmade bracelet. In such close quarters, it was hard to keep a secret, but everyone had fun discovering personalized valentines in their bunks this afternoon.


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