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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

June 20, 2015

Day 18 - SEA COMPONENT - Welcome Aboard!

Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist, Associate Professor of Oceanography for Sea Education Association

Aloha Aina

After a full day of safety training and orientation it was time to set sail. Students Tina, Katherine, Deesha, and Anne, haul away on the forestaysail halyard.

Ship's Log

Present Position
alongside Aloha Tower in downtown Honolulu, Oahu

Weather / Wind
light NE trades outside the harbor which bodes well for our first afternoon underway.

Souls on Board

Welcome to the SSV Robert C. Seamans and the sea component portion of our cruise.  The students of the HPU/SEA Aloha 'Aina program, class S-260 have all safely arrived to the ship and are now exploring their new home.  Where is my bunk, what is a head (bathroom) and how does it work (imagine an airplane restroom).  Where do I fill my water bottle and most importantly, is there coffee!  All these questions and more are being asked and answered by the professional SEA crew and HPU faculty that are joining us on this voyage. 

After a hearty breakfast and a welcome introduction from the Captain it was time for a full day of training while still comfortably tied to Pier 9 - Aloha Tower in Honolulu.  Students learned how to safely work in the lab, on deck, in the galley and engine room as well as their individual roles and responsibilities during any anticipated emergency situation.  As we have come to expect from this class, they were attentive and asked all the important questions.  All good signs as we prepare for our voyage out into the vast Pacific Ocean. 

We invite you to follow us on the blog and to join with the students on this academic adventure as we explore, discover, and learn to appreciate and value the marine environment of the Hawaiian Islands.


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Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by JEFF SCHELL on June 23, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY…..LOVE…Mom.. Dad..Ryan…EMily…Callie..Allison…Jay…Cierra



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