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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

Abby Cazeault, 3rd Assistant Scientist, C226 Alumna


Today was a most glorious day aboard the Seamans. For one, our extraordinary steward Nina (with the help of her student assistant Drew) prepared a slew of meals fit for a king: cheesy fried eggs with biscuits and bacon, grilled sandwiches with French fries, and spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread! I’m getting full just writing about it!

However, the big event of the day was the Lab Practical.

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April 14, 2014

Ahoy outside world!

Sonia Pollock, A Watch, Macalester College


We are back underway and remembering how this sailing thing works. It was an amazing extended stay in Nuku Hiva, full of lush tropical forests, waterfalls, and charismatic megafauna. Absolutely the highlight of my birthday was completing a boat check while on anchor watch around 4 AM, and being called up to the quarterdeck to watch one, then two, then three manta rays swimming up to our boat, floating dreamily around in our stern light, somersaulting and waving to us. It was breathtaking; I never imagined I would be seeing such a beautiful animal!

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April 13, 2014

A Full Day on Board

Jackie Kroeger, C Watch, University of North Carolina, Wilmington


It was a full day aboard the Seamans! We departed Nuku Hiva this afternoon after staying a little bit longer than originally planned. Next stop: Hilo, Hawai’i! We are all so excited to get underway again even though that meant leaving an amazing place. Fortunately for us, the transition was rather pleasant - one might even say magical - thanks to the gigantic pod of talented dolphins (a few hundred strong) that escorted us (they actually swam along with us for several miles) away from the island on the first leg of our journey.

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April 11, 2014

Another Day in Nuku Hiva

Juan Mayorga, A Watch, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia


Hello Family, Friends and followers of the S-252 blog,
Today was our fifth day anchored in Nuku Hiva; there were a couple of things that needed to be taken care of before going back out to sea so the crew decided to stay one more day in this beautiful place. It was a serene day aboard Seamans as students caught up on sleep and homework, and some of us started to learn arts of the sailor: expanding our knowledge of knots, making bracelets, and cutting and shaping sail canvas to make handcrafts.

April 10, 2014

Catch of the Day

Ed Sweeney, 2nd Assistant Stache-ola


We are anchored for Day 4 in Nuku Hiva and split time ashore between the Port and Starboard watches. The morning began early as many of the crew of the RCS went to speak with local fisherman and watch the morning catch be fileted and sold. This turned into an exciting marine biological learning experience when scraps from the cut fish were thrown into the water and quickly eaten by the local shark population.

Those onboard the RCS spent most of their time performing boat and anchor checks and preparing for the next leg at sea, during which we will transit from Nuku Hiva to Hilo, Hawaii.

Julia Twichell, 1st Assistant Scientist


Day 3 in Nuku Hiva: Students are divided into two groups, the Starboard and Port watches.  One watch hurries to wolf down breakfast, pack an adventure bag, pack a bag lunch, and slop on sunscreen before being whisked ashore. They spend the day exploring the landscape and talking with local people. There are tropical fruits to be selected straight off of the sun-warmed tree and beautiful Nuku Hivan wood carvings and bone carvings to be contemplated.

April 08, 2014


Nikesh Dahal, C Watch, Colby-Sawyer College


Namaste! Followers of Robert C. Seamans’ blog,
Here we are anchored in Nuku Hiva after 1000 miles of sailing. As I am writing this blog entry, I am thinking about our first encounter with Captain Doug in Woods Hole when he asked us to imagine our third week at sea. Reflecting on those feelings of excitement, anxiousness and uncertainty after two weeks of sailing, I must say that this experience has surpassed my expectations in every possible way.

April 07, 2014

Setting Foot on Nuku Hiva

Beau Marsh, B Watch, University of Miami


Ahoy! (Hi Mom, don’t worry I’m still alive)

Waking up after a satisfying two-hour night’s sleep was met with delight after realizing we had arrived at Nuku Hiva.  Stepping out onto deck during sunrise to see the towering cliffs of the island disappearing into the clouds was an amazing way to start the day.  Today would be an exciting day for the entire crew because we would be stepping foot on Nuku Hiva for the first time.

April 06, 2014

Approach to Nuku Hiva

Alia Payne, A Watch, Macalester College


Today the mountainous outline of Nuku Hiva finally rose from the horizon to greet our waiting eyes. Late last night at the end of Dawn Watch, it was announced that we should officially be within a viewing distance of Nuku Hiva. Unfortunately, the island was in the direction of the rising sun, so our sight was limited until the sun was higher in the sky. But it was worth the wait!

After days of rolling swells and choppy whitecaps, any new shapes and sounds stand out brightly.

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April 05, 2014

Living Up the Sea Life

Catherine Puleo, B Watch, Miami University


Hello World!

On the Robert C. Seamans we are living up the sea life! It’s very different from you landlubbers out there. Sleep is short, but very refreshing. I woke up at 0230 for my watch at 0300, Dawn Watch! This is my favorite watch time. Who guessed it? I’m turning into a morning person. Lily and I wake up at the same time since we are both on B Watch and live in Shellback Alley, aka The Turtles! We get dressed, grab our harnesses and catch a midnight snack.

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