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April 12, 2018

Friendship Bracelets of the Sea

Olivia Cronin-Golomb, B Watch, Boston University


If you walk around below deck right now, everywhere you look you will see small groups of us bent over computers, either working busily on our first research assignment (revising the introduction and methods for our oceanography manuscript) or plotting sun lines for celestial navigation whenever we are lucky enough to see the sun.

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April 11, 2018

Stand By Me (Or Lean If the Weather Calls For It)

Colin Gaunt, C Watch, Saint Michaels College


The seas continue their unceasing motion, and the crew aboard the Seamans continues to work through their day to day operations, no matter how comically difficult they’ve become. My once short walk to brush my teeth each morning and evening has turned into the realest game of pinball I have ever played, which brings out a variety of responses spanning from uncontrollable laughter to excessive use of profanity after getting my hand caught in the door.

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April 10, 2018

Rocking and Rolling in the Pacific

Haley Rogers, C Watch, Yale University


As we float east of New Zealand waiting out the passing weather, life aboard the Seamans continues to rock and roll - in more ways than one. The continuous movement of our ship has made even mundane tasks exciting. We walk at 35 degree angles and bounce from one handrail to the next, doing our best to stay vertical.

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April 09, 2018

The Ridiculousness of It All

Maggie Powell, B Watch, Harvard College


The winds and seas have picked up here on the north flank of the Chatham Rise, and things inside our little world have gotten a bit more…  mobile. Pots clink and clank in the galley, the gimbaled tables in the main salon swing dramatically, and personal items have begun to fall from seemingly well-stowed bunks.

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April 06, 2018

Chatham Islands - First to See the Sun

Melia Matthews, A Watch, Whitman College


One interesting factoid about the Chatham Islands is that because they are so close to the International Date Line, they are technically the first part of land to see the sunrise each morning! So today our crew was some of the first people to greet the morning rays, though most of our days started much earlier than that.

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April 05, 2018

UNH Student Takes to the Sea to Study Oceans & Climate

SEA Semester

SEA Semester in the News
An Ocean of Learning
UNH Today
By Jody Record ‘95

Right now, Ella Cedarholm ‘19 is somewhere off the coast of Lyttelton, New Zealand, on her way to Tahiti. Sounds exotic, right? Not in this case; this is a sailing voyage that isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey and the research that takes place along the way.

Cedarholm is aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, a tall ship operated by the Sea Education Association (SEA), an undergraduate ocean education program based out of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. During the 40-day voyage that will cover 3,500 nautical miles, Cedarholm will share rotating watch shifts with her classmates, doing such things as being a lookout, steering, cleaning, deploying scientific instruments, even cooking. Of the 24-hour shifts, she is most looking forward to the hours between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m.

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April 04, 2018

Whose Line is it Anyway?

Emily Dailey, C Watch, Florida State University

Today we crushed the infamous “line chase:” the three watches competed against each other in a relay to see who knew their lines the best. The chase had been hyped up for several days and depending on who you asked, we were either terribly nervous or incredibly excited. Each day, we’ve practiced setting and striking sails, but the line chase was our first opportunity to show that as individuals, we knew what we were doing.

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March 02, 2018

On being a sponge

Emma Garschagen, A Watch, Kenyon College


The past two weeks have thrown a lot of new information at S277, from sail handling to lab protocols to maneuvering through the engine room without collisions while the ship rolls up and down 10 foot swells - just like drinking out of a fire hose (@Summer’s blog post). As my dad always reminds me when I go somewhere new, I have been trying to ‘be a sponge’ and soak up everything I can aboard the Bobby C.

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February 16, 2018

Adjusting to Life at Sea

Haley Peterson, B Watch, Smith College


Hello all! It is hard to believe that Class C-277 has only been living on the Cramer for 4 days now; it already feels as though we have been here a lifetime-in a good way! The theme for the past few days has been adjustment, with everyone adjusting in their own time to the challenges of life at sea, including sea sickness, small living quarters, and the ever-present elements.

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January 02, 2018

Man Overboard (drill)!!

Brittney, Alexa, Emma, and Daniel, B Watch, Penn State

Penn State at SEA

This afternoon we continued sailing through the Virgin Passage as we passed St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John. It was a hot 80 degree day with light wind and we were finally able to put up an additional two sails, the fisherman and the jib topsail. Two playful dolphins passed the ship twice throughout the day that circled the ship.

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