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October 31, 2018


Isabella Andersson, B-watch, Hawaii Pacific University


Hi friends and family and Happy Halloween!

Today has been an eventful day filled with various Halloween events such as trick or treating, pumpkin carving, face painting and a costume contest. The science department also performed some Halloween themed experiments which was highly appreciated by the rest of the crew (might have been because of the involvement of m&m’s, but the experiment was pretty cool too).

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August 06, 2018

Another Day, Another Copepod

Ed Sweeney, 1st Assistant Scientist

Spend a Semester at Sea

Here we are, on the last leg of our long journey through PIPA! Woot! We’re almost there. Destination: American Samoa. We’ve conducted SO much research and data sampling to add to a fantastic data set in these remote parts of the world. Pretty sweet as.

Our students have learned the ship and are beginning to take on the responsibilities as junior watch leaders.

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May 16, 2018

Children of the Boat

Mason Martinez, B Watch, Macalester College

Study Abroad at Sea


Three days out from Bermuda. I’ve found that the first three days out from port prove to be the most taxing, both mentally and physically, as we have to readjust to the watch schedule, motion of the ocean, and extreme self-containment of sea life. That said, tomorrow is looking up. After a long dawn watch and 3 total hours of sleep last night I’m more than ready to sleep from 0100 to 1100 tonight after evening watch.

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May 15, 2018

Deep Water and Dolphin Spotting

Alex Merkle-Raymond, B Watch, Northeastern University

Study Abroad at Sea

We left Bermuda only two days ago but time is flying by now that we are back in the Sargasso Sea. We start our third and final phase today: Junior Officer. JWO (Junior Watch Officer) and JLO (Junior Lab Officer) mean that one student or sailing intern are in charge of the procedures during the watch and they basically act as the current mate. My first chance is tonight during dawn watch where I’ll be in charge of the lab during B watch’s first meter tow.

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May 06, 2018

The Real Thing

Mike Weiss, Third Mate

Spend a Semester at Sea

Dear Reader,

Allow me to describe a remarkable thing to you. So there I was, exhausted and anxious after hectic rescheduling of flights from the wintery northeast somehow managed to work out at the last minute and get me to the quaint New Zealand port of Lyttelton, where Shackleton had been before. Stepping out of the taxi with ol’ Doug, the cold rain started pouring down as I was ready to begin my first hitch with SEA and my first ocean passage as a sailing mate onboard the Robert C. Seamans.

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December 09, 2017

Mission SJS

Lindsey Call, B Watch, Amherst College

The Global Ocean

A big “Ahoy, matey!” from the deck of the Robert C. Seamans! As we reach the 3-week mark of our open ocean cruise, your favorite pirates are getting comfortable with life at sea and the trappings that come along with work on a tall-masted ship. Although we are scraping the dregs of the reefer and pining for fresh vegetables, don’t fret – unlike voyagers in the 17th and 18th centuries, we aren’t suffering from scurvy quite yet!

After dinner last night, Captain Bill called a mysterious meeting to discuss an exciting activity that we would be participating in today.

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November 28, 2017

Phase Change

Aubrey (Evening Primrose) Meunier, B Watch, College of the Atlantic

The Global Ocean

Dear blog reader,

Today marks the beginning of our first phase change. Prior to today, our watch officers and assistant scientists were responsible for ensuring sailing and science were happening according to plan. In phase 1 we proved ourselves capable of taking on the next big challenge. What will this challenge look like?

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November 10, 2017

Domino’s Pizza

Erin Cody, Burlington High School

Ocean Exploration

Out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Domino’s pizza delivery does not exist. Thinking of civilization back on land is weird. The concept of green pine trees lurk into my mind and then the reminder that I very well may be greeted with snow when I return stuns me, forgetting that was still a thing. As I stand bow-watch and gaze into the dark twilight of the night, I try to recall my life before this. No routine, no set schedule, no meal times, no daily clean/field days and no wake ups.

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November 01, 2017

First day of shadow phase

Jack Rozen, A-Watch, Tulane

Ocean Exploration

Dear Family and Friends,

First of all, I would like to start by explaining how surreal this experience truly is. With seasickness long gone, we can now experience and understand the wonders of the sea. The ability to walk on deck at any hour of the day and see nothing but deep blue sea and perfectly clear horizon is an incredible unprecedented experience for me. With no light pollution for hundreds of miles, you are able to see everything from ships in the far distance to a perfect celestial sphere in the night sky.

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October 31, 2017

Halloween comes to the Corwith Cramer

Chris Driscoll, A Watch, Stonehill College

Ocean Exploration

Happy Halloween everybody!

So where to begin so much has happened just today and it’s hard to figure out where to start. I guess I’ll start with this, today was the beginning of phase II, The Shadow Phase. During this phase, we students are given more opportunities to be put into leadership rolls. That could be anywhere from calling the striking or a setting a sail or calling a gybe (that’s a way of turning the boat, mostly used to get ready for science).

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