SEA Currents: life at sea
Trinity College Student Reflects on SEA Semester
SEA Semester in the News
“Semester at SEA Offers Chance for Trinity Student to Embrace New Interest”
by Lexie Axon, Trinity College News
Jessica Duong ’19 Researches Human Impact on the Environment Aboard Ship off New Zealand’s Coast
Hartford, Connecticut, April 16, 2018—During a memorable study away experience, Trinity College student Jessica Duong ’19 spent much of her spring semester sailing the waters of New Zealand’s North and South Islands while completing oceanographic research. Throughout the three-month program, Duong analyzed water samples and ocean life in order to understand the influence humans have on the environment. Duong—from Lake Bluff, Illinois—was one of only 23 undergraduate students from across the country to participate in this semester’s Sea Education Association (SEA) program called “The Global Ocean.”
Bow Watch Tunes
Having a lookout on the bow is one responsibility of the watch on deck. While on watch, we need to be aware of any potential ships or submerged objects that might be obstacles in our path, so we have to keep a vigilant lookout at all times.
Pump Up the Jam
Today was Field Day, a day where we clean the whole ship in two hours, which sounds like daunting task. But, it’s my favorite day of the week. In those two hours we get to listen to music from our phones, which results in singing and dancing all around! Other days the only way to listen to music is to make it - people sing and play guitars, ukuleles and banjos.
Friendship Bracelets of the Sea
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.
Stand By Me (Or Lean If the Weather Calls For It)
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.
Rocking and Rolling in the Pacific
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.
The Ridiculousness of It All
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.
Chatham Islands - First to See the Sun
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.
UNH Student Takes to the Sea to Study Oceans & Climate
SEA Semester in the News
An Ocean of Learning
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.
Whose Line is it Anyway?
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.