SEA Currents: s280
June 17, 2018
Day in the Life of Tiff
Hi guys it’s Tiff again.
Highlights of my week are as follows: I solidified my commitment to getting an octopus tattoo when I held baby octopuses in my hand at Kiritimati Island, feeling as if they were my own children. Will I become the new crazy octopus lady rather than the crazy cat lady?
June 16, 2018
Allure of the sea
Today I sought solitude with the intention of seeing where my thoughts might lead. I climbed atop where the sails were only an arm’s length away. I sat there and took in the imagery of the ocean, letting the boat rock me from side to side.
June 14, 2018
Hawaii, Here We Come
125 nautical miles down, another 1000 to go! Since departing from Christmas Island yesterday, we have made good progress to our final destination: Hawaii. From the moment we left, everyone has been extremely busy. Between being back on the regular watch schedule, oceanography projects, reef reports, nautical science, it is difficult to find free time.
June 11, 2018
Christmas Island Excursions/ Last Reef Survey
Hi S280 blog! My name is Kaleigh, I’m from Boston MA, a student/ crew of the Robert C. Seamans!
Since the wind was so favorable coming from Caroline Island, our arrival to Christmas Island is a day early! It’s a very strange feeling seeing cars and people from the anchored boat for the first time in over a week, we’ve gotten so used to life on board the ship.
June 10, 2018
Christmas Island Coral Reef
Waking up today was different than the past 6 days. It was our first time seeing land since we departed Caroline Atoll! Upon our arrival, we were visited by the Kiribati Coastal Guard. They inspected our vessel and did all of our immigration papers.
June 09, 2018
Ode to the Sea
Today started off with sweltering 31 degree heat, and a very calm Ocean.
Being in the Sun is has not been easy at any point, but longing for persistent shade is something we have all experienced. The lack of wind meant that we were moving a meager 3 knots until we engaged the engines
later in the afternoon.
June 08, 2018
Some of the most beautiful parts of sailing in the equatorial Pacific cannot be captured well on camera. On dawn and evening watch today I could see stars both above and below us. Above us the sky lights up with more stars than most of us students have ever seen.
June 05, 2018
Oceanography Projects Underway
Hello SEA blog readers, my name is Sofia and I’m a student on this voyage, I live in New Orleans, Louisiana and am a rising Junior studying Environmental Science. I started my day bright and early by getting woken up at 2:30 am by my fellow shipmate Riley to stand dawn watch from 3am-7am.
June 03, 2018
Arrival at Caroline Island
I started today at about 3 in the morning, when I failed to wake up on time for my watch. I eventually got on deck in time to catch the briefing from the previous watch, and was subsequently assigned to clean the dishes from last night’s dinner. (This wasn’t a punishment or anything - I was scheduled for dishes duty today). After scrubbing everything clean and brewing a fresh pot of coffee, I went back to help out on deck.
June 01, 2018
She is still sailing on a peaceful ocean with all of her members taking care of her. On the science deck, we have scientists deploying the Neuston Net trying to capture at least a side of this mysterious ocean. On the starboard side, we have student crew members trying to haul the halyard.