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March 14, 2014

S251 Weblog 14 March 2014

Jerusha Turner, B Watch, Whitworth University

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Ahoy there land-lubbers, from on-board the Robert C. Seamans! That is one of the last times I’ll be able to say that sentence, seeing as tomorrow is our last full day on the ship. It is strange to me that S251 is almost over, and I’m beginning to reflect on the last six weeks I’ve spent at sea.

March 10, 2014

S251 Weblog 10 March 2014

Lauren Barber, A Watch, University of Connecticut

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As I sit on deck writing the blog post this evening, I can’t help but to feel rather discontented that the sailing component of our trip is quickly coming to an end. I have really enjoyed living at sea and on board the Robert C. Seamans for the past 5 weeks and I’m just not quite ready to leave! There are just so many incredible things to experience while sailing. Although we are all hard at work on our various papers and projects, I was convinced by my shipmates, Nanuk and Jerusha, to take a break and climb aloft with them during our transit from Mangareva to Hao.

March 05, 2014

S251 Weblog 05 March 2014

Brianna Coughlin, A Watch, Saint Michael’s College

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Today is our last day in Mangareva before we head off to Hao and eventually end our trip in Tahiti. As you’ve probably read in prior blog posts, the weather has been iffy at best in Mangareva.

The first full day was absolutely gorgeous and a couple of us had the chance to hike Mount Duff, a steep local mountain.

March 04, 2014

S251 Weblog 04 March 2014

Matt Gauthier, C Watch, Davidson College

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This morning we woke up with the expectation of taking a boat tour of the lagoon of Mangareva. The plan was to visit the various islands and motus, have lunch on the beach, and perhaps do a little snorkeling. When the time came to go, we learned that our boat driver had canceled on us. The squalls passing by caused him to cancel because of weather, a disappointing decision.

March 03, 2014

S251 Weblog 03 March 2014

Cole Trager, C Watch, Hamilton College

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Yesterday morning I went ashore with a number of my classmates to attend the Sunday morning catholic mass at the local church. I really had no idea what to expect and hadn’t quite decided the extent to which I was going to participate in the service. Although I spent a good portion of my Sundays at church back in the day, I’m not religious now and wasn’t interested in my own prayer so much as the cultural aspects of the mass that were unique to Mangareva.

March 02, 2014

S251 Weblog 02 March 2014

Rachael Ashdown, C Watch, Sweet Briar College

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It is always feels a bit strange to be on shore after a long period at sea. Not that a week is that long, but it certainly feels that way after our island-hopping in the Marquesas.  As it is Sunday, the morning started with a sizable number of students heading off to mass at the local Catholic church.  From what I heard, it was extremely crowded and had some great music.  I decided to forgo this particular activity in favor of something more adventurous.

February 22, 2014

S251 Weblog 22 February 2014

Dominique Bodoh, C Watch, Beloit College

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There are no words in existence that are beautiful enough to describe today. After waking up to softly-spoken words from my shipmate Midori and an interesting Polynesian-styled breakfast we embarked on another adventure into Fatu Hiva.

Last night we were invited to dinner by a local family consisting of two grandparents and their nine and a half year old granddaughter whose name is Naheia, pronounced Na-hey-a. She is something special.

February 21, 2014

S251 Weblog 21 February 2014

Taylor Hogan, B watch, Northeastern University

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I’m swinging in a hammock strung between the forestays’l traveler and the forward port shrouds, preparing to write about my day today, which was just as full of activities as every other day this month. Three days ago, a very old woman taught us about the relationship the ancient people of Nuku Hiva had with sex and sexuality. Two days ago, we were greeted in Tahuata with an enormous feast and beautiful music and dancing, and with a cake with a single candle, presented to us in the hope that the Robert C. Seamans will return to the island in one year’s time.

February 20, 2014

S251 Weblog 20 February 2014

Cole Trager, C Watch, Hamilton College

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After our first full day in Tahuata, we were able to visit the town of Vaitahu to experience the island’s rich local culture for ourselves last night. The locals had prepared a massive feast for us, including poisson cru, coconut bread, goat meat, and a variety of other Marquesan specialties. We also had the privilege of watching some school children from the town perform traditional cultural songs and dances and were even able to learn a couple of our own. For me, this was by the far the most immersive connection we have had the opportunity to make with another community and I will continue to cherish this meaningful experience in the future.

February 19, 2014

S251 Weblog 20 February 2014

Evan Ridley, A Watch, University of Rhode Island

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On the night of the 18th, the Robert C. Seamans motored quietly into Vaitahu Bay besides the main village on the island of Tahuata.  Amid the inky darkness we could faintly see the outline of mountainous peaks looming above us.  The light of the next morning gave way to our sight of the landscape, rising well over 1,000 meters in some places with scatterings of palm trees, sandalwood and foraging goats.  With this new day we were greeted with a very hectic yet very exciting schedule. 

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