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November 17, 2014

Departure day!... Or not.

Karissa Vincent, B Watch, Wheaton College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Today was an interesting and unexpected day for all of us here on the Robert C. Seamans. All completed the second half of our night watch orientations (so doing boat checks, weather observations, learning lab techniques). But,
we also got our first signoffs on the checklist of critical skills - for the Watch Quarter Station Bill. This was a check to see if we know the emergency response activities for not only ourselves but also other crew members. It was a test to see how well we’ve been paying attention for the last couple days. We all passed, so we all got our first initials on the checklist! Woot!

November 16, 2014

A Lota Gelata

Ali Johnson, A Watch, Stonehill College

Today was filled with information overload and lots of sunshine! We woke to another fantastic breakfast by Vickie and quickly moved into more ship orientation. I know the past two blog entries have already noted how delicious the food is here, but I feel the need to reiterate it. Sorry Mom, you may have competition but at least you don’t have to worry about me getting enough to eat! Anyways, ship orientation was a blast today! While being tied to the dock, we learned how to set and strike the jib, one of the most forward sails. It attracted quite a collection of spectators whenever it went up. I think we’re all beginning to feel a little bit like zoo animals here on the Seamans.

November 15, 2014

What are we doing?

Kate Hruby & Devon Tibbils, C Watch, University of New England | Paul Smith's College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Seeing the boat for the first time brought together everything we had been working on for the last six weeks. Suddenly, it was real. We met on the dock and had a mini reunion with our fellow students; it was as if we hadn’t seen each other in months, not just a few days. But then it was time to get down, salty, dirty, tough and exhausted.

Ship orientation had begun.

Deb Goodwin / Rick Miller, Chief Scientist / Captain

All members of SEA Semester: Global Ocean, class S256, have arrived in good health at the Robert C. Seamans. Their afternoon included meeting the ship’s professional crew, learning to maneuver around the vessel’s many spaces and ladders, practicing line handling, and becoming familiar with critical safety procedures onboard.


The students of The Global Ocean: New Zealand will board the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Auckland by November 14th (or November 13th, depending on your timezone). Their voyage will end around December 23rd, in Wellington, New Zealand.

November 05, 2014

Final Day of Sailing

Holly Moynahan, A Watch, Colorado College


Today was both another day of sailing, and the last day of sailing (gasp!). We arrive in Auckland tomorrow morning at 9 am-a bitter sweet thing to think about for us all. As a result, many of my comrades and I have been reflecting quite a bit about our trip and all the incredible experiences, memories, and relationships we have made-especially the relationships we have built with each other, each island, the ship, and ourselves.

Those last two are a really big one for most of us, I’d say.

November 04, 2014

Reflections on a Journey

Ray (Lauren) Vogel, B Watch, University of Chicago


There is something strange and wonderful nowadays about doing something on deck and glancing past your shipmates to see water lying away to the horizon, all around you, always present.  About night watch, when it is so dark and people wear so many layers that you recognize many of them only by voice; when, as soon as they stop talking and fade away to their various tasks, you are left alone, at helm or on lookout, with only the sky and the quiet, rolling ocean, and the ship below you pulling south into the cold.

November 02, 2014

Crafting + Science

Lauren Speare, B-Watch, UNC Chapel Hill


Crafting has taken over the Robert C. Seamans! In every gathering area students and staff can be seen sewing sail cloth, weaving turk’s heads, and scrambling to get the last palm (acts like a thimble for sail needles). Sleep has been sacrificed, one student (me) making the decision to have a 21 hour day instead of taking a crucial pre-watch nap. Some are quite creative and skilled, creating beautiful coin purses in no time at all, while others are less artistic and seek the advice and guidance of the Crafting Queen (Kristen). As we near New Zealand, sail cloth is running low and the crafting epidemic will come to an end.

November 01, 2014

B-Watch Blurbs


What is a favorite moment of the Fiji to New Zealand leg?
People liked my banana bread!  (Coconut milk instead of regular milk, and added semi-sweet chocolate chips and coconut flakes)
What do you do/think about on bow watch?
Sing, think about life and home.
What is a memorable shipboard aroma?
Wayne’s World – hardware locker, smells strongly of musty laundry.
What will you do differently when you go home?
Cook more; be more confident.

October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween from S-255

Lauren Korth, A Watch, UC Santa Cruz


Happy Halloween from Class S-255 aboard the Seamans! Today was another beautiful day out in the middle of the Pacific. Although it’s sometimes hard to remember that it’s Fall back home, the festivities today were a great reminder! For my watch, we basically had two mornings. Morning #1 started for us at 3am and finished with some lovely Breakfast Boo-ritos made by our Steward and Assistant Steward for the day (Hugh Mackay). After, I crawled into my bunk and attempted to get some work done… but sadly I ended up fast asleep like the rest of my watch.

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