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March 09, 2014

S251 Weblog 09 March 2014

Mickey Cavacas, Assistant Engineer

Today’s blog is coming you direct from the engineering department on the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Some people may wonder why we need to have 2 engineers onboard a sailing vessel. To answer such an inquiry, let me take you through an average day in the engineering department.


March 08, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 08 March 2014

Gabrielle Page, Sailing intern

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Dear families and friends: ahoy! Today we were lucky enough to reach another beautiful spot of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Less than 10 nautical miles NE of Union Island, the Tobago Cays are a set of small islets surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. It is said to be a stupendous snorkeling spot – a rumor we will investigate in person tomorrow.  The ship’s company worked hard to earn their time in such a beautiful anchorage. This morning, students and crew alike dived head first into field day – an intense, two-hour cleaning of the entire ship that’s filled with sponges, music and candy.

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March 08, 2014

S251 Weblog 08 March 2014

Jan Witting, Chief Scientist

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We have now visited six of the some 109 islands making up the country that most Tahitian speakers simply call Te Fenua.  Fenua in literal translation means land or ground, the bits of terra firma in this the biggest ocean on the planet.  It is a remarkable thing, making a country out of the ocean with just these little slivers of land. The islands themselves play an equally remarkable part in this; their shapes, reflecting their geological history, in turn shape the lives of their human inhabitants in profound ways.


March 07, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 07 March 2014

Maureen (Mo) Hayden

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Today we reached our second port stop, Union Island. It was nice to go ashore today and to still know that we all have our land legs after over yet another week at sea. It took the Cramer a few tries to anchor in the harbor this morning, but third time is the charm. Due to the delay in anchoring the ship, field day has been pushed back until tomorrow. Field day is when all hands split up tasks and complete a thorough cleaning of the ship. After the anchor was set it was time for an all hands meeting on the Quarter Deck. A surprise was in order to celebrate Jess’s birthday.

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March 07, 2014

S251 Weblog 07 March 2014

Mary Malloy, Ph.D, Professor of Maritime Studies

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Having just a bit more than a week left in our voyage, thoughts on the ship have seriously turned to writing papers.  If your first reaction is that this must be the boring part of the trip, after our exploits as sailors and adventurers have been so well described in this blog, I’‘m here to argue that our role as scholars gives a deeper meaning to the whole experience.


March 06, 2014

S251 Weblog 06 March 2014

Jill Ackermann, B Watch, Union College

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After waking up to a radio update “ready in the chain locker” right outside my bed, I am certain that falling back to sleep is no longer an option and the rest of the focs’’le is about to be woken up by the loud hauling away of the anchor.  About 20 minutes later, the familiar bob of the ship reassures all those below the deck that we are indeed leaving Mangareva and setting sail towards Hao.


March 06, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 06 March 2014

Kaitlyn Ladao

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This is so exciting! We are about to sail into port at Union Island sometime soon, and it is so nice seeing land. However, I do like being out on the ocean and just seeing the vast blue of the horizon. One of my favorite times is during the night watch, looking out into the stars. A watch is getting pretty good at naming constellations and navigation stars thanks to guidance of our mates, scientists, but especially our sailing intern Gabrielle (Gabs not Gabby). One my favorite constellation stories that I’ve heard from her is a Polynesian folk tale.

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March 05, 2014

S251 Weblog 05 March 2014

Brianna Coughlin, A Watch, Saint Michael’s College

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Today is our last day in Mangareva before we head off to Hao and eventually end our trip in Tahiti. As you’ve probably read in prior blog posts, the weather has been iffy at best in Mangareva.

The first full day was absolutely gorgeous and a couple of us had the chance to hike Mount Duff, a steep local mountain.


March 05, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 05 March 2014

Kyle McNulty

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Over the past 3 weeks our crew has sailed over 1000 miles, fought through weather, become a cohesive unit and have collected boatloads of scientific data (no pun intended). Needless to say if there were ever a place on earth to conquer fears and obtain interesting/relevant skills it is almost certainly on a scientific research vessel in the middle of the Caribbean. That being said today happened to be one of the more exciting days, because

2 students and I learned how to climb the masts.

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March 04, 2014

S251 Weblog 04 March 2014

Matt Gauthier, C Watch, Davidson College

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This morning we woke up with the expectation of taking a boat tour of the lagoon of Mangareva. The plan was to visit the various islands and motus, have lunch on the beach, and perhaps do a little snorkeling. When the time came to go, we learned that our boat driver had canceled on us. The squalls passing by caused him to cancel because of weather, a disappointing decision.


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