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October 23, 2017

Goodbye Fiji, Hello New Zealand

Hannah Chiu, B Watch, Pitzer College


Today we departed Suva, Fiji to start our final two weeks on the ship! It is crazy how quickly time passes here on the ship!

Yesterday morning, we visited the community of Korova which is home to traditional sailing canoes called Drua. I’m doing a project on traditional navigation techniques and architecture of these canoes and to my excitement, they kindly welcomed us on their small, single sailed wooden Drua.

November 04, 2016

Hamilton College sends four to SEA Semester as it spreads word on Study Abroad for STEM students

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There’s a great big world of off-campus studies, and it’s not just for art history or French majors. To help prove the point, biology major Angel Pichardo ’17 gave a talk at a recent Hamilton College colloquium about his semester in DIS Copenhagen. His program focused on biomedicine and drug development. The experience, says Pichardo, was the best four months of his life.

Hamilton’s Off-Campus Study office held the colloquium in part to spread the word about the abundance of worldwide study opportunities in “STEM” or science, technology, engineering and math. Students in STEM disciplines are underrepresented in study abroad, despite their need to learn to function in a global milieu and to handle complex global problems, says Carolyn North, assistant dean of off-campus study.



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October 24, 2016

‘Au i Ke Kai Me He Manu Ala

Tehani Louis-Perkins, B Watch, Whitman College


After a night of dock watch I have to say waking up for breakfast this morning was pretty rough. Apparently while I was struggling to get out of bed we had to move the Seamans for boats that were trying to dock. To my surprise next to us was another massive cruise ship filled with people that were eager to explore Suva and the rest of Viti Levu. It’s sort of amazing how much Suva changes when there are cruise ships compared to when there are not.

October 23, 2016

Wasn’t that the best of times?

Stuart Wolff-Goodrich, C Watch, University of Vermont


It seems surreal that today marks the fourth day being in Fiji. Everything seems to be a blur, everyday holding a new adventure and an opportunity to learn about the Pacific and from the amazing people that inhabit it. With so much going on it has become difficult to take a step back and appreciate all that we’re doing and what we’ve done so far. It won’t be long before we’ll be back home filled with nostalgic thoughts of the beautiful islands and an ocean of undisputed grandeur.

October 22, 2016

Drua Day

Olivia Shehan, C-Watch, Hamilton College


Day Three in Fiji started with a bit of excitement as a cruise ship pulled up next to us on the dock in Suva. So far on the trip, every time someone asked how we could possibly fit 38 people on our boat, I always said “it feels much bigger than you think,” but today was the first time it felt tiny. Once we were sure that we weren’t going to get squashed by the cruise ship and had a new perspective of our vessel, we left to see a traditional Fijian sailing vessel being constructed in a town east of Suva.

October 21, 2016

Bula from Fiji!

Francesca Korte, B Watch, Wellesley College


Despite the fact that we only arrived in port yesterday, my Mama Seamans shipmates and I have already been warmly embraced by the city of Suva and kindly welcomed by locals to engage with their communities and culture over quite a few “high tide” rounds of kava drinking.  I could certainly spend the entirety of this post outlining the events of the past 24 hours, but I am choosing to not do so.  I think it would be impossible to use a blog’s worth of words to properly capture and relay the essence of our interactions in Fiji (or any country we have visited, for that matter).

October 23, 2015

An Unforgettable Traditional Experience

Rob Kozloff, B-Watch, The University of Vermont


What a journey it has been. Life aboard the Robert C. Seamans has been a truly enriching experience for us all. The past few weeks have been filled with demanding labor, hearty laughs and some adverse weather. But alas! Fiji. Just three days prior, Suva welcomed us with rugged green mountains, idyllic beaches, and castaways defining the term paradise. Paradise it has been, as students and crew members have had time to unwind from life at sea.

October 22, 2015

Exploring Suva

Kelvin Chen, C watch, Amherst College


When the U.S. Exploring Expedition anchored in Fiji in 1842, the men aboard paced nervously, for they knew what waited for them beyond the seductive, white sand beaches; cannibals. Fiji (known then notoriously as the cannibal isles) was home to some of the most savage man-eaters in the Pacific whose appetite for human flesh was matched only by their prowess in war.

October 21, 2015

Rich Mahogany

Greg Sayles, A Watch, Colorado College


First full day in Fiji and I can already tell I’ll want to come back one day. After talking to some of my classmates it seems as though everyone had a great day. Half of the class went on a day sail with students from the University of the South Pacific and others. I was part of the crew that got the day to explore what Suva has to offer. I left the ship at 0830 and headed to the market.

October 24, 2014

Top Ten Lists

Mara Scallon, C Watch, Northeastern University


As we begin thinking about setting sail for Auckland tomorrow, there are lists all over the boat to help us get underway, ranging from the Captain’s list (I’m imagining it includes important things like clearing customs,
plotting our course, and getting a good night’s rest, among other things) to the steward’s list for provisioning (my fingers are crossed that fresh okra, pineapple, and tomatoes make their merry way onto the Seamans) to the engineers’ list (it probably includes things like “efficiently dribble oil on machinery” and “turn on things that make lots of noise” and “share weird facts with the rest of the ship”)...

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