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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

November 19, 2021

For Science!

Alice Hough, UMass Amherst


We’ve been motor-sailing (mostly motoring along, with sails set but flapping above us to make ourselves feel better about being a sailboat) because the wind as dropped as we get into the horse latitudes.

Audrey Cardwell & Sophia Lacambra , Brevard College & Barnard College


At promptly 1430, the ship’s company met on the quarterdeck in the afternoon sun for our daily class. Some shipmates shared reports on engineering (Audrey), navigation (Oscar), science (Cassie, Hannah, & Alice), and a field weather report (Carson & Sophia). Some things to note from these reports…

November 17, 2021

Ready for Research

Oscar Hover, University of Washington, Seattle


We’re completely under sail! This morning we took the reef out of the mainsail and set the topsail for more power as the winds have eased.

November 16, 2021

Underway at Last

Seбn S. Bercaw, Captain


Last night as we lay at anchor off Catalina, we were surrounded by schools of Squid.

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November 16, 2021

The Research Voyage Begins!

Jan Witting, Chief Scientist


The training day is over, the Oceans and Climate class S-301 is sailing today! We boarded the ship yesterday after a lovely 10-day quarantine period on the premises of University of Southern California Wrigley station, where we wrapped up the last of our classwork and research project preparation.

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November 12, 2021

S-301 Oceans & Climate


Students enrolled in Sea Education Association class S-301, Oceans & Climate, board the SSV Robert C. Seamans on Catalina Island, CA, on Novemner 15th.  Their voyage ends in Honolulu, Hawai’i on December 23rd. There are no port stops.

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August 16, 2021

Colonies on Plastic

Becca Cox, Sophia Garms & Christina Netta, Wellesley College, St. Mary's College of Maryland & New York University


The amount of human plastic debris in the ocean continues to rise as human production and consumption of plastic persists across the globe.

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August 06, 2021

The Last Blog Post

Kelsey Lane, Chief Scientist


The final days of S-299 were a whirlwind. In the wee hours of July 5, the students successfully completed their mission; all watches worked together and accomplished navigating to and completing a neuston net tow at three CalCOFI sampling stations.

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August 04, 2021

Mission Accomplished!

Christina Netta, B Watch, New York University


Hi all,

Today’s the day! Mission officially starts today as of morning watch, but as B Watch, we’ve got a special role: prep C watch to start mission, and to bring us all to the finish line. It just so happened that we had the honour of starting the day off with Dawn Watch and ending it with Evening Watch.

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August 02, 2021

Followed by a Finback


I hardly know how to begin.have you ever seen something happen and, while you’re in the moment, while you’re witnessing it, you know that this, this is a thing that many, many people have never seen before, that this, this is a thing that you imagine you may never see again in my lifetime?

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