SEA Currents: Climate & Society
September 28, 2014
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
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
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.
September 25, 2014
S-255, Sustainability in Polynesia Island Cultures & Ecosystems, will depart Pago Pago, American Samoa tomorrow. The SSV Robert C. Seamans will tentatively make port stops in Samoa, Wallis & Futuna and Fiji, before their voyage ends in Auckland, New Zealand, around November 7th. A second shore component in New Zealand rounds out the program, ending on November 17th.
September 25, 2014
The first SEA Semester: The Global Ocean, will get underway when C-255 sets sail on Monday, September 29th. The SSV Corwith Cramer will depart Barcelona, Spain with tentative port stops in Mallorca, Cádiz, and Madeira. C-255 will end their voyage around November 8th, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
August 10, 2014
We made landfall with the first light this morning, the tall green peaks of Tutuila emerging from the early morning light. After the flat coral atolls of PIPA, this lush verdant island cuts a very different figure. So do all the houses, cars, the many sizes of fishing vessels in the harbor, and the loud yellow McDonalds on the town waterfront. Ahead of us here are final project presentations and goodbyes, the crew of this amazing voyage will disembark on Monday morning.
August 09, 2014
It is nine o’clock in the morning and we are just making our approach toward the green and verdant hills of American Samoa. How strange it is to see such vibrant colors after days and days of blue. It consistently amazes me how tenacious life can be. Any little rock or bit of sand that sticks above the surface of the ocean will be covered in green living things so long as it receives sufficient fresh water.
Like so many other things in the oceans, islands are bridges between the freshwater realm of the atmosphere and the salt water below.
August 08, 2014
Well here we are motor sailing along on a port tack as the full moon is off our port beam and we are making our final days approach to American Samoa. Its been a full 5 ½ weeks of sailing and there has been much accomplished on this voyage thus far, and still much more to come even in these last few days!
Today we did one of my favorite deployments to conclude our sampling schedule on S254: the styrocast.
August 07, 2014
The Junior Watch Officer, or JWO, stage of the trip is now in full force. Each student must take the con and apply everything we‘ve learned throughout the trip to run the ship for a full watch. As this stage is extremely effective in realizing what were capable of, it also serves as a reminder that our epic exploration of PIPA is nearing its end. As our first full day outside PIPA concludes, and we make way for American Samoa, I can’t help but look back on the amazing environment we had the opportunity to explore.
August 06, 2014
Hello world this is Laura Page, the C watch deckhand here to write your blog post for the day. Our biggest news of the day has to be the leaving of the Pheonix Island Protected Area waters. After 3 straight weeks of sailing and sampling here it is hard to believe we are in truly open ocean with only a week left of program. Our goal for this trip was to explore and discover unexposed aspects of these Kiribati islands.
I waited until now to write a post so that I could share with you a truly unique experience I have witnessed while sailing with class S-254.