SEA Currents: Oceans & Climate
April 23, 2018
Hello, blog readers. Tonight is the night of what feels like our biggest deadline to date for our research projects. By 2300 tonight, we are to submit a complete set of all the figures, tables, and maps that we intend to use in the results section of our papers. While the datasets for our projects are not yet complete, the figures that we submit for this assignment will give us a pretty solid idea of what our final results section will look like.
April 22, 2018
Many members of the RCS S278 staff first came to the ship as students and eventually found their way back as professional crew. And several of them have sailed with SEA numerous times a year for multiple years. I, on the other hand, am a brand-new crew member. Before I arrived in Lyttelton a month ago, I had never seen the SEA Semester program in action.
April 21, 2018
You have probably already read about Lauren and the delicious food that she makes for us every day, but here is a chance to get to know her better. She is most likely to be found in the galley, belting out a musical number. Each day a different student joins her and her assistant steward Natalie as they work to prepare all of the food for the day.
April 20, 2018
One of the best things on this boat is, hands down, the incredible cuisine. We are so lucky to have such an amazing cook, Lauren. She is able to whip up both healthy and nutritious meals as well as sweet and delicious snacks. She is somehow able to keep everyone’s dietary restrictions in mind, which is no small feat on this boat. Even with this constant cooking over hot stoves, she does it all with a soft smile, full-throated song, and the occasional fiddling.
April 19, 2018
Weeks before we left the shore component to begin our journey through the South Pacific, our Captain and Professor Jay Amster instilled a motto upon us: “Ship, Shipmates, Self.” This saying was, and still is, supposed to guide us in a way of life different from the usual. The goal behind this is to put the ship first, then your shipmates, and yourself last. At first, I think every single student that boarded the Seamans questioned why we would put anything other than ourselves first.
April 18, 2018
The past three nights or so we have been blessed with clear skies and the new moon, which, coupled with our remote location in the South Pacific, means that we have had unrestricted access to the night sky above. With such a clear view of the stars overhead, we have begun taking celestial sights - i.e. using sextants to measure the angle of celestial bodies in the sky relative to the horizon - in order to plot our geographical position on a map
April 17, 2018
Having a lookout on the bow is one responsibility of the watch on deck. While on watch, we need to be aware of any potential ships or submerged objects that might be obstacles in our path, so we have to keep a vigilant lookout at all times.
April 14, 2018
Today was Field Day, a day where we clean the whole ship in two hours, which sounds like daunting task. But, it’s my favorite day of the week. In those two hours we get to listen to music from our phones, which results in singing and dancing all around! Other days the only way to listen to music is to make it - people sing and play guitars, ukuleles and banjos.
April 13, 2018
The past four days have been spent mostly hove-to, waiting for inclement weather to pass us to our east. Squalls have poured rain down on us, and rolling waves have turned our home into an obstacle course, but the weather we saw last night surpassed what any of my fellow students and I had anticipated.
April 12, 2018
If you walk around below deck right now, everywhere you look you will see small groups of us bent over computers, either working busily on our first research assignment (revising the introduction and methods for our oceanography manuscript) or plotting sun lines for celestial navigation whenever we are lucky enough to see the sun.