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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

February 11, 2019

Haere mai ki Aotearoa (Welcome to New Zealand)

Jeff Wescott, , Professor, Sea Education Association

Spend a Semester at Sea

The Robert C. Seamans in Auckland, NZ.

Ship's Log

Current Position
36° 50.493’ S, 174° 45.844’ E; Auckland, NZ

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Docked at Princes Wharf

Cloud cover 4/8, winds SE 5 knots, temp. 77°F.

The students, faculty, and crew of S-284, The Global Ocean, have arrived aboard SSV Robert C. Seamans, docked in Auckland, New Zealand. Following two full days of intensive ship training, coupled with excursions to a local indigenous community and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, we will set sail for the Bay of Islands. I’m not yet sure which is more exciting for our group of students: the extraordinary places we plan to visit over the next five weeks, the abundance of marine and terrestrial wildlife we will encounter, or the fact that we eat six times a day. There are worse jobs than mine, I suppose.

- Jeff

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s284  study abroad • (6) Comments


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 luke kellett on February 12, 2019

hi Luke
We are so excited for you
Love from your Kellett grndparents

#2. Posted by Shawn Ouweleen on February 12, 2019

I’m sending this before you even leave your first port.  I am so very excited for all of you and not just a little jealous.  I can’t wait to hear of your adventures.  I’m imagining parts of this will be very hard, but that’s the stuff that makes you grow (supposedly).

Here’s hoping:  you all get those sea legs, the seasickness is not too bad and you have nice warm winds.

Fin’s Mom

#3. Posted by Anna Byczynski on February 13, 2019

Hi Anna!  So proud of you and excited for your new adventure! Enjoy every second and make tons of wonderful memories!! Love you lots, Mom, Dad and Colin

#4. Posted by Heidi Padovano on February 15, 2019


I’ve been checking the blog every day, desperate for any scrap of information about your trip… but as there hasn’t been much new posted yet regarding your own voyage, I’ve taken to reading all of the past posts, and I am just amazed and enthralled at the experience you are embarking on!

I cannot wait to hear about it… not just the amazing things you will do and see, the people you have already met and will continue to meet, but the things that will change and shift in you.  I am so glad you chose New Zealand and I am so excited to watch as your ship finally leaves port today. 

Enjoy every moment!

With utmost pride and love, 

#5. Posted by Paul Hayward on February 15, 2019

Grandma and I are so proud of you that you chose this adventure.  We look forward to hearing your stories.
Grampa Hayward

#6. Posted by Laura Washington on February 27, 2019

NACHOS!  I can only imagine the amount of fun you are having!  I can’t wait to hear about all of your adventures!  Graham listen’s to Henry’s music almost every day now and is a superfan!  Sydney turns 9 in a few days…I am so proud of you and hope you are having the time of your life!!  Love you!  Crazy Aunt Laura!



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