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October 03, 2014

Last Day on Samoa

Lauren Speare, B watch, UNC Chapel Hill


Today was our last full day in Samoa and it was packed with indigenous culture and food! However, I will start this blog with a story about last night. Hatesa, Yaz, Monica, Colin, and I went to a fa’a fafine show and it was incredible (a fa’a fafine is a person born male and representing the third gender and some perform in shows similar to a drag show). The fa’a fafine performed mostly numbers by Beyonce, and also a group of younger girls performed a few traditional island dances for us. Colin, being one of the only guys in the audience, truly was the star of the show and was even brought up on stage for a song. It was a one-of-a-kind experience.

October 02, 2014

Boat Tours

Adam Ceely, University of New Hampshire

The Global Ocean

After a breakfast of fresh fruit and yogurt, we made our way across the harbor to the headquarters of the Barcelona World Race, a race around the globe that starts and ends in Barcelona. The seven competing double-handed teams race in 60-foot boats that depart from the port on December 31st, and usually take 80-90 days to circumnavigate. The class got to learn all about the daily obstacles the teams face, from their rigorous diet to the constant battle to keep the boat as light and fast as possible. Our tour guide also explained that the race is trying to support ocean science by having the racers deploy scientific instruments as they go.

October 02, 2014

Another Day in Paradise

Holly Moynahan, A watch, Colorado College


Today was just another typical college day. HA! Who am I kidding? Today was a day full of adventure and experience like no other!

We began our morning off with all-hands breakfast (meaning everyone had breakfast at the same time when normally there are two seatings of most of our meals due to watch schedules) of frittata and yogurt with granola (compliments to the chef, our wonderful steward, Sayzie). After a brief meeting discussing the day’s plans, we all headed off into Apia to kill time before our scheduled event.

October 01, 2014

Day at the Museum

Samih Taylor, C Watch, Cheyney University

The Global Ocean

Hello World,
Today was awesome! We explored the working harbor of Barcelona on a boat owned by the port.  Our guide, Núria Zaragoza, is the educational coordinator for “Escola Europea de Short Sea Program,” an organization that provides training for mariners involved in short-distance Mediterranean voyages. We saw some extraordinary ships, including an LNG Tanker and an eight-story cruise ship.

September 30, 2014

On Watch

Renee Halloran, SUNY ESF & Maya Knight, University of the Redlands

The Global Ocean

Here begins a ripping good tale! It starts with 21 students, 11 crew, and one tall ship docked in beautiful Port Vell, Barcelona. We arrived yesterday between 1400 and 1600 to meet the crew and settle into our bunks.cozy. At 1608 we assembled at the aft of Mama Cramer for crew introductions and orientation from Captain Elliot. Remember to always take care of your feet!

September 30, 2014

Arrival in Samoa

Monica Chow, C Watch, Middlebury College


Today marked our first official arrival via sail!  Exciting times were had for all this morning as the students, faculty, and staff congregated on deck to participate in docking the Seamans at Samoa.  Finally, the vomit-ridden night had passed, students were beginning to grow their sea legs, and a beautiful rainbow greeted us as we sailed into port.

As with any arrival to a new territory, we had to go through customs and wait to be approved before we were able to get off the ship.

September 29, 2014

Global Ocean c255 begins

Mary Malloy, Ph.D., Professor of Maritime Studies

The Global Ocean, SEA Semester class C-255 begins!
We now have a full company onboard the Corwith Cramer in Barcelona, with 21 students familiarizing themselves with their new home.  All are well and excited to begin the first “Global Ocean” program.

We will stay in Barcelona to work on research projects in the port for the next three days.  We will depart on Saturday morning, bound for Mallorca, through the Straits of Gibraltar, Madeira and the Canary Islands, with science all along the way and lots of activities in our ports of call.

September 28, 2014

Departing American Samoa

Colin Froines, B Watch, Carleton College


This morning was spent doing safety drills, including MOB (Man Over-Board), fire, and abandon ship. While many of us were getting over some jet-lag, the crowd seemed genuinely excited to use the fire hoses and don our safety immersion suits. To paint a better picture of the safety suits imagine a thick red neoprene jumpsuit which transforms all body types into a Gumby-like figure. Luckily, our struggling to fit into these costumes coincided with a local Samoan church service, so we were provided background music which seemed to match our morning tone——joyous.

September 27, 2014

The Hokulea

Mara Scallon, C Watch, Northeastern University


Today was our first full day aboard the Robert C. Seamans and all of us were excited, though some were grumbling through the 0600 wakeup this morning.

To begin the day, we walked over to the Hokulea boat and spoke with the crew of the vessel. The boat is a modern-day version of traditional Polynesian navigation canoes used to explore Pacific Islands.

September 27, 2014

Safely Aboard

Jason Quilter, Captain

Greetings to all of our blog readers! All S-255 students & their luggage have safely arrived aboard the Robert C. Seamans. Stay tuned for further blog updates after we all settle in and get underway.


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