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March 25, 2014

Heading Toward the Equator

Barbara Fleck, A Watch, Visiting Faculty, Maine Maritime Academy

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We are heading toward the equator! We are all getting used to life at sea, including things like gimbaled tables and seeing the sun in the north. This morning A Watch had the dawn watch; after coming on deck in a drizzle, with complete cloud cover, the sky gradually cleared so that before dawn we saw the Southern Cross as well as several other stars that are new to us. We enjoyed a beautiful sunrise while continuing with boat check, bow watch, and steering at the helm as well as continuing our orientation to the science lab.

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March 24, 2014

Sailing Day for S252

Douglas Nemeth, Captain

The long anticipated day finally is here. Sailing day! But; there is still some education and training before we get underway.

The students were ashore for the morning conducting interviews and having conversations with local residents as part of their course work to learn about the customs and culture of Tahitians. One of them interviewed a local fisherman and came away with quite a bit of information regarding the politics and jurisdiction of the Tahitian fishing industry. Tuna fishing is very important to the local economy. They also had a last shopping opportunity at the local market area. Most of them purchased a pair of loose fitting and colorful pants at a local store. They look very comfortable and perfect for this climate.

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March 23, 2014

Pape’ete Farmer’s Market

C-Watch, (Kate, Sam, Nikesh, Emma, Jerelle, and Jackie)

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Ia Ora na friends, family, and internet!
We had an early start to our first morning on the ship with a 0500 wake up for all interested in going to the Sunday morning Farmer’s Market in Pape’ete. It was still moderately cool that early in the morning, and we enjoyed a beautiful walk through the colorful market, weaving our way through the many people buying ingredients for their Sunday feasts. Outside, aisles of stands were selling fresh produce, from cucumbers and lettuce to taro, mango and passion-fruit, and a selection of unidentified spiky fruits. Inside, there were rows of fresh fish of all colors, barbequed meat stands, and piles and piles of croissants!


March 22, 2014

S-252 is Officially Underway!

Deb Goodwin, Chief Scientist

Our Oceans & Climate students boarded the Robert C. Seamans this afternoon after a few days’ vacation on the island of Moorea. All are happy, in excellent form, and delighted to have joined the vessel. They are now true members of the crew and have begun learning the ways of their ship. Today a series of orientation sessions focused on cleaning the galley after meals, an introduction to the engine room, conducting a Boat Check to ensure all is well and safe onboard, and getting to know their Watch Officers and the watch routine.

S-252 is officially underway!  More to follow tomorrow.

- Deb

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March 20, 2014

S-252: Oceans & Climate

Oceans & Climate

The students of S-252, Oceans & Climate, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans by Saturday March 22, in Tahiti. They will sail across the equator and end their voyage in Hilo, Hawaii around Friday, May 2nd.

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