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July 15, 2019

New Skills and New Responsibilities

Michaela Guy, B Watch, Smith College

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After about ten days sailing on the SSV Robert C. Seamans, we’ve all pretty much gotten into the ship’s daily working routine. As we are now much more comfortable with life aboard the ship, we are starting learn more skills, and take on more responsibilities with the hope of eventually reaching the Junior Watch Officer Phase where the students mainly take over running the ship.


July 14, 2019

Getting closer to the Equator!

Adam Ziegler, Stonehill College

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The SSV Robert C. Seamans has been under outstanding weather for the past few days. Mostly clear skies, with gusts of wind helping move the Seamans ever closer to the equator. At the time of this writing, we are only 0°10.584’ from the equator, and I have already signed up to be woken up for the crossing!


July 14, 2019

Milestones

Ava Stasiw, Mate-in-Training

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There are no milestones on the open ocean, only arbitrary lines we have invented to help us feel some sense of place.


July 12, 2019

Sampling from the Sea

Allie Cole, Boston University

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My day started before the actual first hour of July 12th arrived, I was awake from the morning of the 11th and worked processing net deployments until 03:00 on the 12th (which also happens to be my little brothers birthday!) I spend that time sorting through buckets of zooplankton that the students had pulled up from the three types of net deployments the ship scientists run, a Shallow Tucker Trawl, Deep Trucker Trawl, and a Neuston Tow


July 11, 2019

Busy at work in the lab

Jason Gonsalves, B Watch, University of Redlands

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Chief Scientist Blaire invited me to post the blog today, so I did. I’m writing to you as I slowly emerge from self-imposed bunk stasis; I have been double-sick since last Friday just before we left port in Pago Pago. The combination of a cold and sea sickness had really done a number on the physicality of my being, the nature of my presence and the morale of my mind.


July 10, 2019

A Steady Breeze!

Silas Blunk, A watch, St. John’s College (Santa Fe)

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The Robert C. Seamans experienced moderately high winds and seas during the first couple days of our trip, but weather over the last few days has calmed significantly, with wind from the east north easterly direction dropping to a Beaufort force 2 yesterday and sea swell in the range of 3-6 ft.


July 09, 2019

Getting Used to Life aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans

Elliot Hayne, B Watch, Denison University

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It’s a hard thing to describe accurately, but it is strange and difficult to acclimate to living situations that never stop moving. I’ve always been sensitive to listen to any crashing or colliding sounds, which often mean something’s broken, especially in the kitchen.


July 08, 2019

A Good Day

Patricia Dougherty, C Watch, New York University

When a member from C watch gently woke me at 0515, I knew it was going to be a good day.


July 07, 2019

Our first official class

Carol (Xinrong) Guo, C watch, Colby College

Today is the first day that we have a peaceful sea! Woken up by our B-watch friends, we came on deck around 0050. It was cool out on the deck. Mild sea breeze gently blew our last bit of sleepiness away. The wave has largely decreased, too. We can almost stand by ourselves without holding onto anything else.


July 06, 2019

We Set to Sea

Delaney Swann, C Watch, Boston University

The majority of SEA class S-287 was arrived in Pago Pago two days ago, late at night. We took a bus from the airport to the ship, and because the speed limit in Pago Pago is 25 mph, (and because the bus driver was really jamming the entire way to the Seamans) we were able to catch a few snippets of what life in the American Samoa must be like.


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