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April 13, 2018
Here Comes The Sun
The past four days have been spent mostly hove-to, waiting for inclement weather to pass us to our east. Squalls have poured rain down on us, and rolling waves have turned our home into an obstacle course, but the weather we saw last night surpassed what any of my fellow students and I had anticipated.
April 12, 2018
Friendship Bracelets of the Sea
If you walk around below deck right now, everywhere you look you will see small groups of us bent over computers, either working busily on our first research assignment (revising the introduction and methods for our oceanography manuscript) or plotting sun lines for celestial navigation whenever we are lucky enough to see the sun.
April 11, 2018
Stand By Me (Or Lean If the Weather Calls For It)
The seas continue their unceasing motion, and the crew aboard the Seamans continues to work through their day to day operations, no matter how comically difficult they’ve become. My once short walk to brush my teeth each morning and evening has turned into the realest game of pinball I have ever played, which brings out a variety of responses spanning from uncontrollable laughter to excessive use of profanity after getting my hand caught in the door.
April 10, 2018
Rocking and Rolling in the Pacific
As we float east of New Zealand waiting out the passing weather, life aboard the Seamans continues to rock and roll - in more ways than one. The continuous movement of our ship has made even mundane tasks exciting. We walk at 35 degree angles and bounce from one handrail to the next, doing our best to stay vertical.
April 09, 2018
The Ridiculousness of It All
The winds and seas have picked up here on the north flank of the Chatham Rise, and things inside our little world have gotten a bit more… mobile. Pots clink and clank in the galley, the gimbaled tables in the main salon swing dramatically, and personal items have begun to fall from seemingly well-stowed bunks.
April 07, 2018
To Meet a Place On The Day of Departure
To be in a place, to walk around, to touch the rocks and grass; to look at the cliffs, and smell the dirt; this is but part of what being in a place is. The people of a place are what make it; they set the scene, if you will. To be in a place and not meet its people is to get only a part of the story. To visit and only look is to be a tourist; to receive and give conversation is to be good company.
April 06, 2018
Chatham Islands - First to See the Sun
One interesting factoid about the Chatham Islands is that because they are so close to the International Date Line, they are technically the first part of land to see the sunrise each morning! So today our crew was some of the first people to greet the morning rays, though most of our days started much earlier than that.
April 05, 2018
First Land in Days, Last Land for Weeks
After five days of sailing, we have reached the Chatham Islands! We will be staying here for about two days. Tomorrow morning, most of the crew and all of the students will be leaving the ship and taking a tour of the main island. Not many people live here, but the islands are beautiful: sharp volcanic rocks covered in grass, patches of small trees, and unique birds.
April 05, 2018
UNH Student Takes to the Sea to Study Oceans & Climate
SEA Semester in the News
An Ocean of Learning
By Jody Record ‘95
Right now, Ella Cedarholm ‘19 is somewhere off the coast of Lyttelton, New Zealand, on her way to Tahiti. Sounds exotic, right? Not in this case; this is a sailing voyage that isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey and the research that takes place along the way.
Cedarholm is aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, a tall ship operated by the Sea Education Association (SEA), an undergraduate ocean education program based out of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. During the 40-day voyage that will cover 3,500 nautical miles, Cedarholm will share rotating watch shifts with her classmates, doing such things as being a lookout, steering, cleaning, deploying scientific instruments, even cooking. Of the 24-hour shifts, she is most looking forward to the hours between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m.
April 04, 2018
Whose Line is it Anyway?
Today we crushed the infamous “line chase:” the three watches competed against each other in a relay to see who knew their lines the best. The chase had been hyped up for several days and depending on who you asked, we were either terribly nervous or incredibly excited. Each day, we’ve practiced setting and striking sails, but the line chase was our first opportunity to show that as individuals, we knew what we were doing.