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February 19, 2017

A Birthday at Sea

Austin Sun, C Watch, Colgate University

The Global Ocean

As a photographer, I try capturing what I think is beautiful in my pictures. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph amazing places such as the deserts of Arizona to the snowy peaks of Niseko, Japan. At these amazing places, I’ve always been able to capture beautiful moments in some way. A waterfall. A sunrise. The milky way. The possibilities are endless. Coming on the Robert C. Seamans, I thought that I would be able share the beautiful moments on board with photography.

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February 18, 2017

Dolphins at the Port Bow, Scrubbed Decks, and Setting Sails

Adam Tigar, C Watch, Carleton College

The Global Ocean

As we prepared to raise the anchor, C watch (my watch) began the sea watch structure of six hours on, 12 hours off by waking up from an interrupted night of sleep at 0600. Kate P. and Sabrina crushed the first meal, starting off the day with scrambled eggs, potatoes with onions and peppers, and bacon. Watch began at 0700 on deck with Austin, Anna J, 3rd mate Eric, and myself scrubbing the decks with freshwater.

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February 17, 2017

Under Way, At Last…

Sierra Toomey, B-Watch, Eckerd College

The Global Ocean

The day began at 0630, Kate’s soft voice floated through the beige curtains that surrounded my bunk as she woke Peyten down the hall. I peeked my head out peering around, eyes clouded with the last remnants of sleep. “Good morning, breakfast is in fifteen minutes and it’s raining” was the message being spread to those of us who had just awoken. I ducked back into my bunk, dressed and walked down to the salon for piles of pancakes, sausages, and grapefruit.

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February 16, 2017

Soggy Socks Among Other Magical Things

Lydia Wasmer, A-Watch, Colby College

The Global Ocean

Yuck…it’s 0520. I’m on watch…meaning I have to meander around the boat and jot down numbers, expected to be fully awake while in realtity, there was only one eye open and two yawns for every footstep. However, the job was done in an orderly fashion (twice) and everyone, including our mascot, Steve, our cat (we don’t really have a cat) was safe.

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February 15, 2017

Day One

Shem Robinson, C Watch, Middlebury College

The Global Ocean

“Shem, it’s Cassie, its 6:15, breakfast is in 30 minutes” I heard through the white curtains of my bunk. In a sleepy haze I emerged and met eyes with Christina across from me looking equally as disoriented. We prepped for the day and met everyone in the salon while hot plates and steaming dishes assembled neatly on the table. Sabrina, our steward, cooked us veggie frittatas with a side of sausage and pineapple. Coffee in hand I sat to a delicious breakfast, listening as we all remarked on adjustments to our new sleeping conditions and excitement for the day.

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February 14, 2017

Haere mai ki Aotearoa (Welcome to New Zealand)

Jeff Wescott, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

The Global Ocean

The students, faculty, and crew of S-271, The Global Ocean: New Zealand, have all arrived aboard SSV Robert C. Seamans, docked in Auckland. Following two full days of intensive ship training, coupled with excursions to an island nature reserve and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, we will set sail for the Bay of Islands.

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February 13, 2017

S-271: The Global Ocean

The Global Ocean

The students of S-271 will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Auckland, New Zealand by February 14th. They will depart in Christchurch, New Zealand around March 24th, after port stops in Bay of Islands, Wellington, and Dunedin.

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