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June 22, 2014

Ship, Shipmates, Self

Christine Edgeworth, A Watch, Syracuse University


Aloha friends and family!

It’s hard to believe that it’s only day four at sea. The days have practically melted together as we’ve been jam packed with standing watch, scarfing down delicious food, deploying science gear, learning about our new home aboard the Robert C. Seamans, napping on occasion, and tapping into our inner sailors.

The first thing I learned after stepping on board the ship was a little saying that goes, “Ship, Shipmates, Self.”

June 20, 2014

Food, Science, & Sunsets

Kelsey Glander, Franklin and Marshall College


We had a wonderful day sailing today as we headed south east. In the early morning hours, we finally passed the Big Island and made headway into the open ocean. A watch took mid-shift watch from 2300 until 3:00am where we observed the moon rise over the mountains of Big Island and learned about sailing in larger waves and stronger winds, as we went through the inter-island channels. Everyone took turns at the helm, learning to steer, and on bow watch or doing boat checks.

June 19, 2014

Departing Maui

Samantha Schildroth, A Watch, University of New England


Aloha family and friends of class S-253: Aloha ‘Aina,
After a morning filled with Man-Over-Board, fire, and abandon shipexercises, we are finally underway! We set sail off of Lahaina Port on the west shore of Maui at approximately 13:00. The first half hour was “all hands on deck” as we set our mainstay’s’l, forestay’s’l, and top s’l and headed south. We are currently headed out to sea to, as Jeff likes to say, “do science” (aka the fun stuff!) and will remain at sea until Tuesday when we will return to the island of Lana’i.

June 18, 2014

Moving Aboard

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist, Sea Education Association


Anchored just offshore the west coast of Maui, near the historic town of Lahaina, Maui.  This historic town was once an important commercial port built on the profits of whaling and sugar cane plantations.  Today it is a popular tourist destination due to pristine waters ideal for snorkeling/diving, sport fishing, access to the inter-island ferry terminal.

The students were soooo excited last night as they finally moved aboard their new home – the SSV Robert C. Seamans.

June 15, 2014

Oahu, Maui, & Lanai

Dr. Jeffrey Schell, Chief Scientist for Sea Education Association


Hello Family and Friends of Aloha ‘Aina – a collaborative study abroad program with Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) and Sea Education Association (SEA).

After a brief, yet influential and important week of classes at Hawaii Loa campus on the island of Oahu the students have now started to explore the islands of Maui and Lanai.  As we did on Oahu, the students are experiencing and learning about the history, culture, traditional practice and science of the Hawaiian Islands and wrestling with complex issues of conservation and resource management in an era of multiple stakeholders and competing, economic and cultural incentives.

Peg Brandon, President, Sea Education Association

Class S-253, Aloha ‘Aina: People & Nature in the Hawaiian Islands, is off to a great start. However, the program has experienced an unexpected change in schedule.

We are currently working to address an unforeseen maintenance issue that has delayed boarding for the sea component. Despite this change, we are committed to continuing a high quality academic program. In the meantime, students are continuing their coursework and programming on shore at Hawaii Pacific University, where they’ve been since May 27.

As always, we are invested in our students’ experiences and will post updates as they become available about exactly how we expect the program to be impacted. We hope to have a timeline for repairs in place by noon Hawaii time on Friday, June 6.

Aloha Aina

The students of S-253, Aloha ‘Aina, will join the Robert C. Seamans by Thursday, June 5th. They will return to Honolulu around Wednesday, June 25th and finish their program with a symposium at Hawaii Pacific University.

May 01, 2014

S252 Final Swizzle

Barbara Fleck, A Watch, Visiting Professor (from Maine Maritime Academy)

Oceans & Climate

It is the students’  last night on the Seamans; it’s been a long day.  We have cleaned every nook and cranny of the ship, and packed our bags in preparation for departure tomorrow morning.  And tonight we had our final Swizzle, with performances by many of our shipmates.  We enjoyed comedy, music, and dancing, as well as some inspirational readings.  In fact, the dancing goes on now as the salsa music is playing in the salon as I write this in the library.  We all have a lot to think about as we sort out what we have learned on this journey.

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Jerelle Jesse, C Watch, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth


These last couple days in Hilo have been crazy. At 10:15 yesterday morning many shipmates awoke to the Big Island of Hawaii as we let the anchor down. After many small boat runs and a little dock rock, passports were stamped and we were officially welcomed back into the United States! It was strange at first to see traffic lights and the McDonalds on the corner. Even driving down the road was bizarre, but we adjusted quickly with thoughts of volcanoes in our minds.

Today at the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park we were all amazed to walk through the craters (especially all of our geology majors)!  The unique patterns made by the lava and the steam still emerging from the rock were enough to make us all geek out.

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April 29, 2014

Reflections on S252

Sara Martin & Matt Gowen, Third Mate & Assistant Engineer


These last few days, watching the students plot our position nearer and nearer to the Big Island, I would note the return of little things that meant ‘shore’: radio static, an airplane flickering five miles up at night, and just barely on our side of the horizon - another ship. Small pieces that mean nothing until you’ve left the lights and calls thousands of miles behind and weeks in your wake. I assumed I would keep collecting these small reminders of shore until I saw the first speck of land creep up out of the ocean and I would watch it grow as we approached. I was wrong. I woke up this morning and there was a huge island like a mural taking up my horizon from the port beam to the starboard beam!

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