SEA Currents: new zealand
November 07, 2015
Northern New Zealand Newspaper Details SEA Semester Visit
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Current and stars guide to Opua”
by Lindy Laird, The Northern Advocate | Nov. 7, 2015
A sailing ship has arrived in the Bay of Islands after following the ocean currents and stars that brought Polynesian navigators and European explorers to New Zealand hundreds of years ago.
Twenty three adventurer students aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, a 134-foot steel brigantine owned and operated by the US-based Sea Education Association (SEA) for oceanographic research and sail training, has the latest in space age navigational aids to bring them from Fiji to Opua.
November 06, 2015
What do you do on lookout?
Standing on the monkey deck, tethered around the forestay, I looked out towards the Suva Harbor and looked behind me at the grand Robert C. Seamans and the open ocean. Clusters of shining yellow lights dotted the horizon. A smaller cluster of lights moved across the ocean-a cruise ship heading into Suva. It was a quiet night; I could hear nothing except the waves hitting the ship’s hull until suddenly I heard something that sounded like a fountain.
June 04, 2015
Mt. Holyoke College Features SEA Semester Experience
SEA Semester® in the News: “MHC student studies climate aboard tall ship”
By Emily Harrison Weir, Mt. Holyoke College | June 4, 2015
Until recently, the closest Claudia Mazur ’16 had come to sailing was taking the Staten Island Ferry to and from Manhattan. Yet the Mount Holyoke College geology major and marine sciences minor spent spring semester learning about the world’s oceans and climate aboard a tall ship, sailing from New Zealand to Tahiti. Read the full story here.
May 15, 2015
SEA Semester Students Profiled by Dartmouth College
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Sailing and Science in the South Pacific and the Sargasso” by Joseph Blumberg
Dartmouth Now | May 15, 2015
Two Dartmouth students have been sailing the world’s oceans aboard tall ships, modern versions of 18th-century brigantines. Christopher Dalldorf ’16 and Fredrik Eriksson ’16 enrolled in the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester programs.
April 08, 2015
SUNY-ESF Student Recognized for SEA Semester voyage
SEA Semester® in the News: “ESF Student On Board for SEA Semester Oceans & Climate program”
SUNY-ESF Office of Communications | April 8, 2015
Nicole Harbordt, a junior at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), is participating in SEA Semester’s Oceans & Climate program. Read the full story here.
March 25, 2015
S-258 Sea Component Begins
Greetings from Lyttelton, New Zealand! Twenty four S258 students and one Visiting Scholar joined the ship’s company this afternoon and have spent the last several hours learning their way around the Robert C. Seamans, settling into their bunks, and enthusiastically meeting the professional crew.
March 18, 2015
Docked in Lyttleton/Christchurch
Well, we finally made it through the moments we all knew were coming; the last 24 of our time at sea, met by a lot of other lasts. My last evening watch began last night, the 17th of March at 1900. We came out to a sky full of cumulous clouds, winds coming out of the south by west at a beaufort force of 5, swells reaching over Conor, our tallest crew member’s head, and an unrecognizable sun threatening to set through the stormy clouds that hung ominously over our last day.
March 15, 2015
Hi there. I’m Lauren, the steward, and I just want to say that it has been an honor to feed your kids/siblings/friends. This group is a great bunch of eaters and that makes me very happy. They never fail to demolish a snack even if they have all just been whining about how full they are from lunch. When I made pannu kakku (Finnish pancake) for breakfast, they didn’t even question it and just said “I don’t know what this is but I can’t stop eating it.” How could a cook not appreciate that?
March 14, 2015
The Final Countdown
Today was a day of exploration, and not just for the crew of the Robert C. Seamans. It was Open Ship day! It works like an open house, except you replace the house with a ship, our ship to be specific. Almost 500 people showed up between the hours of 1000 and 1300 to see our Seamans in all her glory. A handful of enduring volunteers gave away their time onshore to stay on the Seamans and be the representatives of our student crew during our open ship.
March 14, 2015
Otago Harbor is a broad estuary formed behind a steep hilly peninsula of the same name, far down the east coast of the South Island. It’s shallow and muddy. You could walk across most of it in a good pair of waders, save for the long sinuous ship channel that runs up its length to the wharves at Dunedin. Stone walls were built on the mudflats to hold back the silt, long ago and at great human cost, and at low tide you can still see their grown-over green spines bordering the shallows.