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October 07, 2014

Exploring Uvea

Valerie Mitchell,, B Watch, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


“Land-ho” was announced early in the morning while I was fast asleep in my bunk, exhausted after a long day of being the galley (kitchen) assistant yesterday. Uvea (aka Wallis) had been sighted on the horizon. After a couple days of being surrounded completely by water, it was nice to see land again (although being alone in the big blue has its charm too). Curious birds started circling around the boat, investigating us.

As Uvea got closer and closer, the view began to get more astonishing.

October 06, 2014

Birthday at Sea

Colin Froines, B-Watch, Carleton College


Napoleon said, “du sublime au ridicule il n’y a uu’un pas,” which translates roughly to between sublime and ridiculous there is one step. It is this delicate balance that I have been recently considering while at sea on the Robert C. Seamans. I found myself today struck at how improbable our existence at sea seems. Life at sea can seem a daily battle against the elements. We fight to keep afloat, navigate, and with water and food. While each of these systems are regularly maintained and are backed-up, they must all function properly to support our rich life onboard. This awareness was reiterated today as our chef engineer Dusty said, “safety is no accident.”

October 05, 2014


Winton Kingman,, C-watch, University of Denver


I was woken up at 0240 for watch, and told it was a bit rainy.  When I arrived on deck at 0250, all was well and the rain has stopped.  After a few short minutes, a large squall was approaching.  We started to adjust our course to prepare for the large wind gusts.  The weather worsened and we soon had to wake Captain Jason to take over the helm.  Wind gusts reached 40 knots, and our speeds were approaching 10.5 knots.  It was an intense, but short-lived beginning to C-watch’s early morning shift.  After no more than 30 minutes, the weather had calmed and we were able to return to our original course.

October 04, 2014

Apia Farmers Market

Bryn Huxley-Reicher, A Watch, Harvard University


The day began very quickly, with an all hands breakfast at the usual 0700. After breakfast, our wonderful and talented steward Sayzie asked if anyone wanted to go to the farmer’s market to buy fresh provisions with her and the first assistant steward of the voyage, Rebecca.  Colin and I volunteered, and within fifteen minutes we were driving through Apia with our third mate Cassie at the wheel.  We arrived in the market and were immediately struck by the size and density of it. The market is housed in a huge red structure with a tin roof and no walls. It is about 100 yards by 300 yards, and nearly every square inch is filled with the fresh produce of the farmers who sell their goods there.

October 03, 2014

Last Day on Samoa

Lauren Speare, B watch, UNC Chapel Hill


Today was our last full day in Samoa and it was packed with indigenous culture and food! However, I will start this blog with a story about last night. Hatesa, Yaz, Monica, Colin, and I went to a fa’a fafine show and it was incredible (a fa’a fafine is a person born male and representing the third gender and some perform in shows similar to a drag show). The fa’a fafine performed mostly numbers by Beyonce, and also a group of younger girls performed a few traditional island dances for us. Colin, being one of the only guys in the audience, truly was the star of the show and was even brought up on stage for a song. It was a one-of-a-kind experience.

October 02, 2014

Another Day in Paradise

Holly Moynahan, A watch, Colorado College


Today was just another typical college day. HA! Who am I kidding? Today was a day full of adventure and experience like no other!

We began our morning off with all-hands breakfast (meaning everyone had breakfast at the same time when normally there are two seatings of most of our meals due to watch schedules) of frittata and yogurt with granola (compliments to the chef, our wonderful steward, Sayzie). After a brief meeting discussing the day’s plans, we all headed off into Apia to kill time before our scheduled event.

September 30, 2014

Arrival in Samoa

Monica Chow, C Watch, Middlebury College


Today marked our first official arrival via sail!  Exciting times were had for all this morning as the students, faculty, and staff congregated on deck to participate in docking the Seamans at Samoa.  Finally, the vomit-ridden night had passed, students were beginning to grow their sea legs, and a beautiful rainbow greeted us as we sailed into port.

As with any arrival to a new territory, we had to go through customs and wait to be approved before we were able to get off the ship.

September 28, 2014

Departing American Samoa

Colin Froines, B Watch, Carleton College


This morning was spent doing safety drills, including MOB (Man Over-Board), fire, and abandon ship. While many of us were getting over some jet-lag, the crowd seemed genuinely excited to use the fire hoses and don our safety immersion suits. To paint a better picture of the safety suits imagine a thick red neoprene jumpsuit which transforms all body types into a Gumby-like figure. Luckily, our struggling to fit into these costumes coincided with a local Samoan church service, so we were provided background music which seemed to match our morning tone——joyous.

September 27, 2014

The Hokulea

Mara Scallon, C Watch, Northeastern University


Today was our first full day aboard the Robert C. Seamans and all of us were excited, though some were grumbling through the 0600 wakeup this morning.

To begin the day, we walked over to the Hokulea boat and spoke with the crew of the vessel. The boat is a modern-day version of traditional Polynesian navigation canoes used to explore Pacific Islands.

September 27, 2014

Safely Aboard

Jason Quilter, Captain

Greetings to all of our blog readers! All S-255 students & their luggage have safely arrived aboard the Robert C. Seamans. Stay tuned for further blog updates after we all settle in and get underway.


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