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May 06, 2018

The Real Thing

Mike Weiss, Third Mate

Spend a Semester at Sea

Dear Reader,

Allow me to describe a remarkable thing to you. So there I was, exhausted and anxious after hectic rescheduling of flights from the wintery northeast somehow managed to work out at the last minute and get me to the quaint New Zealand port of Lyttelton, where Shackleton had been before. Stepping out of the taxi with ol’ Doug, the cold rain started pouring down as I was ready to begin my first hitch with SEA and my first ocean passage as a sailing mate onboard the Robert C. Seamans.

May 05, 2018

Coral Gardens

Erin Adams, 2nd Assistant Scientist

Spend a Semester at Sea

This morning we left the dock in the community of Uturoa, Raiatea and motored through the lagoon between the islands of Raiatea and Tahaa to scout out an anchor spot so the ships company could go snorkeling.  The channel wove between reefs through a gradient of blue glassy water.  The smell of tropical flowers was strong in the air.

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May 02, 2018

Raiatea bajo una luna amarilla

Lorena Neira-Ramírez, C Watch, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia


After having sailed more than 3000 nautical miles, we arrived at Raiatea today. Soon we are going to have to say goodbye to the Robert C. Seamans, the home from which we saw a moonrise and a night rainbow for the first time, where flying fishes, dolphins, albatrosses and bioluminescence in our nets became part of a daily basis all of a sudden, and where we got to love the sound of a sail being set.

May 01, 2018

Changing Horizons

Kyler Mose, A Watch, University of Vermont


Waking up for morning watch today, there was no question that we have experienced a change in our horizons here on the Robert C Seamans.

I, and I am sure a majority of my fellow students, were tired from the day before as we worked furiously to finalize the research projects into which we have put so much time over the past 10 weeks.

April 29, 2018

Thanks for the Memories

Justin Freck, A Watch, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Wow, what a day this has been. I started the day off with two hours of sleep before Dawn Watch, which probably wasn’t the best idea, but I was able to get a lot of things done the night before. The watch itself was amazingly calm and finished itself off with a stunning, cloud-scaped sunrise that I got to experience firsthand from the bow.

April 28, 2018

Good Moments

Kat Duvall, A Watch, Colgate University


There are brief snippets of time in my life when everything aligns, there is a lightness in my heart and smile on my face, and I experience what I call “capital ‘G’ Good moments.” They’re not always the moments that get photographed, but those that I carry with me wherever I go. In order to understand the best of the best of times on this boat and the people who live on it, I have compiled a list of these moments from our community aboard the Robert C. Seamans.

April 27, 2018

Hove-to up to 10 knots in under 24 hours

Sarah Smith-Tripp, C Watch, Wellesley College


Last night marked our entrance into the French Polynesian EEZ, meaning a point of land is just a short 200 nautical miles away. This is the closest we have been to land since leaving the Chatham Islands three weeks ago. Almost as if in celebration, the wind and the sea cooperated for a brief few hours last night and we were lucky enough to have what many of the staff called “the best sail the Seamans has to offer.”

April 26, 2018

An Interdepartmental Pretzel Making Bonanza

Lauren Heinin, Steward


Well hello there.  This is the ship’s cook, Lauren.  Dinner is currently being eaten in the main salon so I’m taking a minute to see if I can express myself in words instead of food.

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April 25, 2018

Aloft and Amazed

Brittany Hernandez, A Watch, Bowdoin College


As we sail north, the days keep getting sunnier and warmer. My classmates and I have been taking advantage of the recent nice weather to climb aloft on the foremast. The last time many of us climbed aloft was four weeks ago before we left port in Lyttleton, New Zealand. Today I decided to climb aloft with Haley to enjoy the views, watch for marine animals, and take a break from our projects.

April 24, 2018

Phase 3 Begins

Ashley Davis, C Watch, University of South Carolina


***Drum roll***

Today, we officially began the Junior Watch Officer (JWO) and Junior Lab Officer (JLO) phase of our voyage!

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