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November 07, 2019

Now and Then

Emily B. Hite, Faculty, University of Colorado Boulder

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Not so long ago, in the not too distant past, a younger version of myself embarked across the North Pacific on the SSV Robert C. Seamans. I was an eager and adventurous little explorer following a dream to sail across the sea.


November 05, 2019

Sunshine on My Shoulders (or, Thoughts from Lookout)

Carlin Schildge, A Watch, Colby College

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Dear old world, you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” – Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery


November 04, 2019

The Definitive Top 5 mugs of the SSV Robert C Seamans

Grace Callahan & Catherine Czajka, Wellesley College & University of Delaware

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Hey all!

Its Grace here, reporting from the New Zealand EEZ (exclusive economic zone) just one day away from Auckland.


November 03, 2019

Daughter of Oceania

Letauaeletise Hunkin, C Watch, University of Washington, Seattle

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“If I have courage, it is because I have faith in the teachings of my ancestors. With that courage you can travel anywhere in the world and never be lost.”

  - Mau Piailug


November 02, 2019

The Flaming Aces

Natalie Chiapperi, A-Watch, Ithaca College

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Dutch Blitz: A high intensity card game of skill, speed, and sometimes plain luck (very similar to Pounce if anyone has ever played that). But this is not just a simple game of cards. It is a way for so many of us to come together, take a break, laugh and have a small bit of everyday land life brought onto the ship.


November 01, 2019

Steering by Stars

Eliza Davidian, C Watch, Whitman College

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Ropes and lines cascade down from the top of the mast, to the end of the spreaders, and all the way down to the deck, adorning our ship like a spider web that’s been stretched across the rig.


October 31, 2019

The Haunted Ship

Cameron Gallant, A Watch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Wow! The crew really went all out today to create a haunted ship experience for us. Complete with leftover ground sausage, beets, and ketchup over the victim and villain in the galley, screams, spooky lights, someone floating in a harness suspended from the ceiling (wow Ava!), and a lot of other hidden surprises.


October 28, 2019

Dawn Watch and a Nautical Birthday!

Catherine Czajka, A Watch, University of Delaware

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Hello from the middle of the ocean! Clearly we’ve been here for some time, but every time I walk on deck to realize we’re surrounded 360 degrees by only ocean, it hits different. You would think that I’d have my sea legs by now, but it still feels like every ladder I climb is fighting me and winning.


October 27, 2019

B-J-JWO

Arielle Landau, A Watch, Middlebury College

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Today I was the birthday junior junior watch officer, as the plebs (or students) say. Officially, the title is junior watch officer, shadowing phase, but since it was my birthday and we like to get creative on the Robert C. Seamans, I was crowned the birthday junior junior watch officer (B-J-JWO).


October 26, 2019

Reflections on the Last Leg

Renee Chen, C Watch, Wellesley College

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(First and foremost: Happy birthday, Mom! I love and miss you so much!)


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