SEA Currents: News
April 01, 2015
There’s something special about lying in the grass knowing you won’t see it for another three and a half weeks or so. Sitting in the middle of a stunning landscape of rolling hills, soaking up the sunshine and, more importantly, experiencing correct inner ear alignment, really gave me an appreciation for land – for solid ground – that I didn’t have before. This is especially true when that land is the bizarre yet mesmerizing terrain of the Chatham Islands.
March 31, 2015
Sleeping on still water never felt so good. So good in fact, that I did not hear my shipmate Ari wake me up for dock watch at 0300. Even though watch was only an hour, I tried my best to keep myself awake with boat checks and weather observations. Let’s just say it was not the easiest of mornings. After breakfast, B Watch prepared to start a dawn cleanup of the ship. I had my gloves on ready to tackle the head (a.k.a the bathroom) when Captain called us up on deck.
March 31, 2015
The Robert C. Seamans has arrived at Chatham Islands. They have a busy slate of field trips planned for their time there, so while it may be a day or two before they send us a new blog post, rest assured that all is well with S-258.
March 30, 2015
Today marks just our 3rd full day out on the open seas! The Chatham Rise has treated us well, and in my case, has really put the world into perspective. The Pacific is a huge place! We’ve currently travelled over 400 nautical miles by pure sail and are due to touchdown in the Chatham Islands this evening! Weather has had its ups and downs; last night we cruised right on through a squall with winds/seas of a Beaufort Force 7 (look it up if you don’t know what I mean!). It was quite the experience to be at the helm trying to maintain course with rain pelting my eyes and waves rocking and rolling everywhere.
March 29, 2015
I’ve been wanting to sail with SEA ever since I lived next door to their headquarters in Woods Hole when I was a Masters student in the US. I was delighted to get an email through from work back in December, asking for volunteers to join the ship and especially delighted to be able to go back to the Chatham Islands. This time next week, I’ll be back at home in Dunedin, New Zealand, and the Pacific Ocean will seem like a dream.
March 28, 2015
In just three days, we’ve become well adapted to life on the Mama Seamans. Most of us students have officially developed our sea legs and are gradually transitioning our eating habits from grazing on saltines and bread to scarfing down generous amounts of gumbo and salad. We’ve never talked about how good it is to eat and keep it down until now. Thank goodness for sea sickness medication!
March 27, 2015
Our first full day on-board and everyone is just starting to get accustomed to standing watch, working in the lab, the sporadic sleep schedules, and the constant rolling motion of Mama Seamans. We have learned so much in the past few days, allowing everyone to jump right into all of the roles onboard. I am so impressed with all of the hard work and dedication of my fellow shipmates. The support everyone has for each other as we slowly adjust to ship life is unmatched, and the community here is growing strong.
March 26, 2015
After a few exciting days in the beautiful country of New Zealand, we are now under way and headed to our first stop, the Chatham Islands. Together we have traveled to the other side of the planet (with FAR too many mishaps…), explored foreign places, hiked great peaks, and so much more. However, the time has come to set sail into the South Pacific.
March 25, 2015
Greetings from Lyttelton, New Zealand! Twenty four S258 students and one Visiting Scholar joined the ship’s company this afternoon and have spent the last several hours learning their way around the Robert C. Seamans, settling into their bunks, and enthusiastically meeting the professional crew.
March 19, 2015
The students of S-258, Oceans & Climate, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in New Zealand by March 25th. They will end their voyage in Tahiti around Friday, May 1st.