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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans



Steve Kielar, 3rd Assistant Scientist
The Global Ocean

When was the last time you were awake from 1am to 7am? What were you doing for those hours? Maybe you were on an all-night road trip or cramming for the next midterm. As I write this, C-watch is in the midst of Dawn Watch, which runs from 1am-7am.

Dawn watch begins with a wake-up from a member of the previous watch.

Annika Hakala-Ord , Sailing Intern
The Global Ocean

A couple of weeks ago, Steve, the third scientist excitedly told me to grab my camera and come to lab-there was a lens they thought might work to photograph samples under the microscope. With a little puttering and a lot of knob turning, the eerie space ship bodies of the dinoflagellates and copepods began to come into focus.

Corinna Anderson, Sailing Intern
The Global Ocean

When C-Watch took the deck at 0100 this morning, we were told to put on our foulies because it had been raining for quite some time. Although it was pouring down on us, we still had great visibility from the waxing gibbous moon above us. As the moon started to set and the sun started to rise, we were able to see the orange glow of the moon peak through the clouds. It was definitely a bright spot! As the sky got brighter, I noticed a double rainbow while at lookout.

Hannah-Marie Pearl Garcia, C Watch, Sewanee, University of the South
The Global Ocean

Hello from water world (term from Assistant scientist Steve, who’s constantly on lookout for land)!

There is still no land in sight today, and we have been enjoying easterly winds and sunny skies here in the Pacific the past few days. It’s finally starting to feel like summer here along the subtropical currents. C watch (my watch) had the deck today from 0700-1300. Every watch has begun Phase 2 of our learning and leadership here on the ship. This includes shadowing our watch officers, making the rotation schedules, and even calling hands to sails as we all begin to take on more responsibility during watch.

Maddy King, A Watch, Bowdoin College
The Global Ocean

Hello from the Pacific!

Today is another beautiful day on the Robert C. Seamans. It’s beginning to feel like summer here in the Southern Hemisphere and shorts and sandals are becoming more common than fleeces and hats. We have now passed the final islands in the Kermadec island chain and will be out of sight of land again for the next week and a half or so until we get to Napier.

Isaac Vandor, B Watch, Olin College of Engineering
The Global Ocean

Hello dear reader,

I wanted to take a moment as we transit south towards Napier, NZ and all of the fresh fruit, chocolates, and laundry our seagoing heart’s desire to discuss where we’ve been. In short, these are the (much abridged) voyages of the Robert C. Seamans and our encounter with the Raoulian peoples of Raoul Island in the Kermadecs Island chain.



Aubrey (Evening Primrose) Meunier, B Watch, College of the Atlantic
The Global Ocean

Dear blog reader,

Today marks the beginning of our first phase change. Prior to today, our watch officers and assistant scientists were responsible for ensuring sailing and science were happening according to plan. In phase 1 we proved ourselves capable of taking on the next big challenge. What will this challenge look like?

S-276 Conservation & Management Class
The Global Ocean

Hello, dear reader!

Up until now, daily blog posts have covered life onboard our floating home/lab and the cultural research, science deployments, and sail handling—with the occasional relay race or poetic interlude thrown in to boot—that comprise our day-to-day on the Seamans. Today, however, S-276’s Conservation & Management class have the privilege of sharing some of the research we’ve been conducting in both Woods Hole and here in New Zealand (well, several hundred miles offshore, currently).

Lindsey Call, B Watch, Amherst College
The Global Ocean

Greetings from aboard the Robert C. Seamans, which is currently sailing northwards along the Kermadec Ridge! We were blessed with wonderfully sunny weather today - quite a stroke of luck, as we spent part of the day on the deck of the ship. Why, you may ask? Today was the PINRAIL CHASE, a lively inter-watch competition to see which of the three watches had best mastered the ship’s lines and their locations.

Kimberly Kusminsky, C Watch, Eckerd College
The Global Ocean

As I write this, the Seamans is sailing over thousands of meters of water!!! S-276 is extremely fortunate to be sailing over the Kermadec Ridge on our journey northward to Raoul. Our constantly sounding CHIRP instrument (which is pretty annoying) has been gathering data on the bathymetry (topography for the layman) of the ocean floor beneath us. So far we’ve sailed over some sea mountains and the saddle (the highest point) of the Kermadec Ridge which then drops to over 10,000 meters deep at its lowest point!!

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