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March 22, 2019

C-284 Successful Conclusion

Bill Burke, Captain


After six weeks together and 2139 miles sailed, SEA Semester Class C-284 has come to a close. Following a wonderful “swizzle” last night on the quarterdeck and this morning’s graduation ceremony, students are heading on to all sorts of spring endeavors: back to college, internships, jobs or travel.

March 20, 2019

Academic Wrap-Up Poster Session

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies


As I write this, the students of C-284 are breaking down the posters they created to reflect on-site observations they made and the conversations they had with people regarding their individual projects in our five port stops.

March 18, 2019


Sarah Whitcher, Third Mate/Bosun


This is it! The crux of anxieties and pressure as due dates arrive and we approach the long-anticipated ‘Puke-atan’ (Thank you, Beth Doxsee for that turn of phrase <3).

I can’t help reflecting back on memories of these final, stressful days from my own student trip, especially as we were joined in Grand Cayman by one of my student-class-mates, Everto! (Sending love to all of S242!)

March 18, 2019

I Couldn’t Be More Proud, or, What I Learned From my Students

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist


March 18th, 2019; Later in the day and into the evening.

Today we celebrated our scientific achievements as each student shared their oceanographic discoveries with their shipmates.  For the last six weeks we have sailed across, immersed ourselves in, and studied this small patch of ocean called the Caribbean Sea; and collectively we have learned so much.

March 17, 2019

Dreams, Salt, and Pride

Jacob Cooper, A - Watch, University of Washington


I knew that when I began hearing sail commands in echo in my dreams this was a life-changing experience. Having two years of sea-time helped me cope with the challenges of life on a tall ship. Mostly because I know how your mind goes a little crazy under the strain of the bitter sea which endlessly heaves mariners up, down and around.

March 16, 2019

Row Your Own Boat: Important Life Lessons from Dad

Ava Stasiw, AB deckhand


Dear Dad,

Happy Birthday! Another year older, but never seeming to slow down. Did you ever think you would be here?

March 14, 2019

Bon Voyage Grand Cayman, Hello Key West!

Allison Gaydeski, Beluga watch, Gap year


This morning started off like any other morning at anchor with a voice right outside my bunk letting me know it’s 6:30 am and breakfast will be starting in 30 minutes. I know I can get at least 10 more minutes of rest, but it’s a very dangerous game to play because I can’t press the snooze button on a person.

March 12, 2019

Soaking Up Every Moment

June Eikland, A Watch, Boston University


My day began with a gentle wake up at 6 am by Alle, “Good morning June, it’s 6 am. You have breakfast in 20 minutes, then after that you have watch. The weather is very nice outside.” It’s wonderful being able to plop right into bed without needing to turn on an alarm.

March 11, 2019

Field Day Reflections

Andrew Foley, A Watch, Lawrence University


The second to last field day of the voyage is scheduled for today, but as I have learned with life aboard, the schedule is always subject to change. Since I am part of A watch, that means I have the joy of cleaning every surface and dish in the galley.

March 09, 2019

Goodbye Jamaica!!

Allyssa Stevenson, A Watch, American University


At this moment in time, I am certain of three things:

1) There is no better place to watch the sunset than on the ocean, - with friends - on top of the Elephant Table.
2) Community is everything.
3) Ginger beer is (and always has been) better than Ting.

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