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SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans

August 12, 2017

End of Class S-274

Chris Nolan, Captain

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Robert C. Seamans anchored in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area

Alongside the dock, Pago Pago, American Samoa

Souls on Board

SSV Robert C. Seamans has arrived in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and all students have departed the ship bound for destinations as far apart as Europe and New Zealand and everywhere in between.

While this ship’s company will never be the same, we all walk away with a shared experience of visiting a remote marine sanctuary and voyaging under sail to get there and back safely.  The PIPA voyage challenged each person in their own way, and I am proud of all students and staff for their accomplishments, whether academic, professional, or personal.

For me, the biggest takeaways are twofold.  First, marine sanctuaries work: it was amazing to see ecosystem flourishing in PIPA.  Second, sail training works: this group of 38 people have undoubtedly grown as individuals and are better prepared to be productive members of society.  They are more capable of taking leading roles in science, policy, or maritime planning because of their academics, but equally able to take leading roles in any walk of life because of their experiences working together under stressful conditions to accomplish a shared mission. 

It was a great voyage and I wish fair winds to class S-274, in whatever challenges they take on next!

- Chris

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