SEA Currents: new zealand
March 02, 2015
A sunny and windy day in Wellington
My morning started out with a different sort of wake up than I’ve had on the ship. To a groggy and blurry eyed me, Sienna and Charlotte sang “Happy Birthday” with their lovely voices. Although startling, it was a pleasant surprise. To continue my birthday celebrations, Elliot gave me a gift in the form of a deck practical exam. While it was probably not the best present I have ever gotten, it was fun to see what we’ve learned these past couple of weeks. We were tested on things like line handling, tying knots, points of sail, and the crowd favorite, putting on an immersion suit.
March 01, 2015
The Scholar Ship
As the historian on board, I’d like to take a few paragraphs and put our voyage into a broader context, as we sail in the wake of some really interesting mariners, beginning with the Polynesians who crossed the Pacific in double-hulled voyaging canoes and arrived in New Zealand around 800 years ago. What the Maori found here was very different from what they left behind on tropical islands like Tahiti, as New Zealand has a temperate climate.
February 23, 2015
Stonehill College Promotes New SEA Semester Affiliation
SEA Semester® in the News:
“SEA Semester Affiliation Puts Students at the Heart of Oceanographic Research Around the Globe”
Stonehill College website | Feb. 23, 2015
Alexis “Ali” Johnson ’16 will never forget the night she felt the sky and ocean were alive, at once, all around her.
It was around midnight, and her ship was cutting through the South Pacific off the coast of New Zealand.
“The sky was perfectly clear,” says the mathematics and environmental science double-major.
February 17, 2015
Greetings from Russell
I have the good fortune to be writing this from the bow of our ship the Robert C. Seamans, nestled down with some tea and overlooking the sunset. The boat is blanketed in the kind of quiet that only follows a full day of adventure and excitement. This morning we rose before the sun to catch the ferry to Waitangi across the bay. By the time we arrived the sun was out and shining for our stroll to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where we reunited with two of our dinner guests from last night—Mori Rapana, a man who has vast knowledge concerning Maori history and tradition, and his mentor Matua Wiremu Williams, a Maori elder whose openness and insight never ceased to amaze us.
February 11, 2015
Auckland, City of Volcanoes
Today we were accompanied on our bus tour of Auckland by Joseph Fagan from the University of Auckland, who shared with us his knowledge about the local geology, geography, cultural sites, and tourism industry. Our first stop was at Mt. Eden, a volcanic cone (one of many) protruding from the surrounding city. After a short walk to the top we were gifted with a beautiful panoramic view of ocean, the harbor, buildings, and surrounding topography. Joe had plenty to add on the site’s history as a Maori fortified village and its role as a tourist attraction.
February 10, 2015
We awoke bright and early this morning to enjoy a delicious breakfast, courtesy of steward Lauren, before setting off on a walking tour of Auckland. Our tour, led by Mary, brought us to the neighboring Queens Wharf and over to the Wynyard Quarter. As we learned about Auckland’s different waterfront areas, many of our fellow students shared information they had learned in their studies for our “Maritime History and Culture” course. We also got a great perspective on the importance of the city’s commercial industries.
February 09, 2015
The Global Ocean, SEA Semester class S-257 begins!
When the students and faculty for this class was last assembled, we could see 18 inches of snow out the windows of our Woods Hole campus. We have now traveled to the opposite side of the world and into summer in the southern hemisphere. With such a long distance to travel, it is not too surprising that five students were delayed along the way, and we will not have our full company on board until tomorrow. (We followed very different paths to get here; most travelled through Los Angeles or San Francisco, but some students booked their travel through Fiji, Hong Kong, Brisbane or Honolulu.)
December 23, 2014
Ever since writing my last blog post I have been concerned about this one. What would I say about our very last day? How would I sum up this voyage and do the rest of my ship proud? I am not this vessel’s most artistic writer, in fact I tend to write very technically and without flourish. I am not one of the people on this vessel who has been in love with this experience from the very beginning; I am grateful for it, but also ready to come home to my family. So how could I possibly be the right person to write this final blog post?
December 22, 2014
Longest Day, Last Day: Bright New Beginnings On the Horizon
Today was a day of great significance: celestial, emotional, and developmental. For us here in New Zealand it is December 22nd, the Summer Solstice. It was the last full day of our program, full of fun activities, cleaning, and general wrapping-up procedure. Most of us finally enjoyed a moment not dominated by battling the seas or racing to an assignment deadline: during this opportunity to reflect we realized how much we’ve changed and what we’ve learned over the past three months together.
December 17, 2014
One more day in the harbah!
It’s becoming increasing difficult to write this blog entry as Becky repeats every sentence and KP files through the numerous photos of our journey that have been uploaded to the library computers. However, this reminiscing has made me recall all of the amazing memories that class S256 will share forever. For instance, yesterday (16th of December) we were given a fair amount of free time to traverse the Lyttleton/Christchurch landscape, which was great.