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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

May 23, 2018

Pacific Reef Expedition Begins!

Pamela Coughlin, Captain

Spend a Semester at Sea

Above: Tiffany, Justin and Abril help prepare green beans and peppers for stowage. With the right care, veggies can last for four weeks or more! Below: Mikaela and Riley take selfies with avocados as big as their head!

Ship's Log

Current Position
Alongside cruise ship pier in Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Safely secured to the pier.  We set sail tomorrow!

Fresh breeze, partly cloudy.  Tropical weather.  Gorgeous views

Souls on Board

Welcome to Pacific Reef Expedition (PRX) - cruise S-280 onboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans!

Today we welcomed onboard our new shipmates - 21 students from across the United States and from around the world. Everyone's excitement is palpable as they begin their life aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans.

Here at the Quai des Paquebots, we are surrounded by the smell of fresh Tiare flowers and are within sight of soaring green tropical peaks as well as the beautiful tropical blue water.

The strong Easterly Trade Wind breeze of midday has diminished to a comfortable light breeze here at the dock. Our fresh produce has arrived and is in the process of drying and storing it for the weeks ahead.

This day is the beginning of understanding shipboard safety and final preparations. We plan to sail to Mo'orea tomorrow (Thursday)


Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Pacific Reef Expedition, • Topics: s280  study abroad  port stops  polynesia. • (5) 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 Bill Duggan on May 24, 2018

Hi All,
Thanks for a great development cruise. We enjoyed visiting Tahiti and seeing the crew at several places on the island.  The ship is in great shape, the crew well prepared and science always ready.  We learned about island mass effect which was all new to me. We visited The Tahitian museum which was a pleasant surprise full of history of the island geology and culture.
My best to all in S-280 and our love to Kaleigh. French Polynesia is a very special place. Enjoy every minute.
Best regards,
Bill and Will Duggan
Ps arrived back in Concord last night at 130am. Uneventful flights which are the best just like a cruise!
Sail on S-280

#2. Posted by Joyce on May 25, 2018

Looking good Sweetie. So proud of what you are doing. It’s hot here now. Stay safe and say hi to the dolphins for me. L9ve you always.

#3. Posted by Adriana Giordano on May 28, 2018

We wish to you all a wonderful experience and lots of fun. Sofia, contact us whenever you have an opporunity but we know that it will take a while until this happens.
Everything is ok here in New Orleans, missing you but very happy that you are doing what you love to do.
Enjoy every single minute and stay safe! I can’t wait to see all the pictures!
Love you very much,
The Giordanos

#4. Posted by Dot Shaw on May 29, 2018

Andrew,you should be in your element in Rangiora! What a beautiful atoll; have you seen any of your beloved cephalopds? A great place for a future diving trip!
Hope you are enjoying your research and your overall environment aboard ship. Love, Mom, Dad, Doug & Skeez

#5. Posted by Kelli on May 30, 2018

Tiff! When I opened this and saw your picture. . . well, you know your mom. . . I’m not crying, you’re crying. . . haha!!  I am thrilled for all of you!  What an amazing journey you are about to begin!  God speed!  Love, mom



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