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October 03, 2016

Standing Watch and the Sea

Persis Ticknor-Swanson, Barnard College

The Global Ocean: Europe

The first thing I noticed about the Mediterranean Sea was how blue it was. I grew up going to Cape Cod every summer, and the Atlantic Ocean of my New England life is a dark green and indigo shock of cold that makes you gasp. The Mediterranean is nothing like that. It’s startlingly blue. It’s the color of a Crayola crayon I used to draw oceans with when I was a child, bright and uniform and gently warm. It’s also surprisingly empty of marine life, at least by my standards.

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October 03, 2016

On the Way to Tonga

Paige Dempsey, A Watch, Whitman College


So, the last few days have more or less collapsed into one large blur. Marking our days by watches and the chances to sleep and study between them has turned around my ability to keep track of time. It doesn’t help that sometime yesterday we crossed the international date line. Skipping October 2nd all together before arriving at October 3rd. Fortunately all that happened was that we changed the dates on our watches—the world did not turn upside down and we did not all suddenly age a day faster than we normally would.

October 01, 2016

Right Now is my Morning

Marina Mozak, C Watch. Drew University


Thinking back on signing up for my blog day I might have wanted to pick a different one. Today I had Dawn watch, so I woke up at midnight and then slept through most of the sunlight day. But regardless I will tell you all about this strangely structured day.

Around midnight I woke up to the Seamans motor sailing in light wind. Bex, our amazing steward, left out rice krispies treats for a midnight snack so I had great fuel of that and coffee to start out my watch.

September 30, 2016

We are the Soup

Ben Eliason, C Watch, Villanova University


Today we finally set sail and left the harbor. It still seems unreal to believe we are actually sailing away half way around the world in a tropical paradise. There are smiles all around as we take in the sea breeze and head toward the vast ocean in front of us.

With so many things to do as we started making way, we all had different jobs to do such as helmsman, lookout, and people striking and setting the many sails.

September 29, 2016

Safety at Sea

Giselle Hart, A Watch, University of New Hampshire


It doesn’t take long to adjust to this. Not with the speed at which our schedule moves. The past few days have been packed with training to prepare students to be as useful as possible once the ship is underway—man overboard drills, boat checks, practice science deployments, line handling safety. There is so much for us to learn in order to be of use once we are out at sea.

September 28, 2016

The Umu

Alexander Heenan, B Watch, Western Oregon University


This is our second day on board the SSV Robert C. Seamans, and as any introductory process we are still memorizing the inner workings of the ship. Our day really began in the early hours of the morning as the crew began to be introduced to dockwatch, an hourly check to ensure the ship is running to her optimum capacity. My watch began at 00:00 and ended at 01:00 which was fortunate for me as our activities on board ended fairly close to 22:00 so it didn’t impact my sleep much. Other watches were not as lucky.

September 27, 2016

Welcome to American Samoa

Clare Feely, Assistant Engineer


Family and friends of S-269 SPICE students and crew,

Day one of life aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans has come and gone!

Since arriving in American Samoa, students have experienced quite the plethora of shipboard activities. For the first couple of days, we as the professional crew throw a hopeful handful of spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks in their brains. The day started with wake ups and breakfast in two seatings of C watch and Others (non-watch standers) and A and B watches.

September 27, 2016

S-269 Student Arrival

All students for class S-269 have arrived safely aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans in American Samoa.

September 22, 2016

S-269: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems

Study Abroad Voyage Map

The students of S-269, Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in American Samoa by Monday, September 26th. They will arrive in Auckland, New Zealand around November 7th, with port stops in Tonga and Fiji.

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