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August 02, 2018

Approaching Nikumaroro with thoughts of Amelia Earhart

Mackenzie Meier, University of New Hampshire

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Amelia Earhart was from Atchison, Kansas; a hilly little town on the Missouri River, where they say she spent days looking out over the river and dreaming of flying. It’s also considered the most haunted town in Kansas but her final resting place - Nikumaroro—might be even more haunting.

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August 01, 2018

A duty to protect

Charlie Schneider, A-Watch, Colorado College

We are now somewhere between 10 and 30 days into this journey. There’s no hope for me to pin down an actual number because time distorts itself in peculiar ways when 24 hour days rotate around 18 hour schedules. Each one of us has become familiar with the unusual rhythm of the vessel, and life at sea has become typical.

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August 01, 2018

Winslow Reef

Henry Bell, Policy Instructor

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What’s this? We’re anchored? Is it another island stop? Not quite. A calm, empty, blue ocean still stretches from horizon to horizon, but nevertheless the Robert C. Seamans is rolling happily at anchor. Forty feet below the surface of the water, white sand and patches of coral are clearly visible.

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July 30, 2018

Swim call

Nate Johnson, C Watch, Amherst College

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Hello everyone, it is I, Nate Johnson, back to bring you another blog post!

As we sail further from Orona, the ocean around us begins to grow and consume the horizon once more.

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July 29, 2018

“Did you see anything cool?”

Sadie Cwikiel, Stanford University

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Last night we sailed away from our second port stop, the island of Orona. Of the past 10 days, 6 have been spent snorkeling, swimming, or exploring Orona and Kanton. After a group of snorkelers returns to the ship, one of the first questions always asked by those already on board is “Did you see anything cool?”

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July 28, 2018

The Giant Clams of Orona

Rosie Wigglesworth, A Watch, Harvard University

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Hello all!  We are a few hours from hauling back the anchor and getting underway once again.  Orona has been incredible.  From jumping off the bowsprit and getting to climb aloft, to exploring the atoll and snorkeling in the lagoon, the adventures we have all experienced here have been some of the best of our trip.

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July 27, 2018

The birds of the Phoenix Islands

Jessie Panton, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Hello people! My name is Jessie and I am here to talk to you about some insane PIPA experiences and BIRDS (my research project, yaaaay!).

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July 26, 2018

Arriving in Orono

Makaila Lyons, C Watch, McDaniel College Alum

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Ahoy everyone! Makaila Lyons here to blog your ear off again, and what perfect timing because we anchored at our second port stop today, Orona!

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July 25, 2018

Back at sea

Andy Suski, University of San Diego

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Excitement from our recentt port stop still remains aboard the Seamans. We have completed our first day back at sea, and are on our way to the small atoll island Orona (4o 30’38.88” S x 171o 10’37.92” W for those that wish to find it using Google Earth.

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July 24, 2018

The People of Kanton

Charlie Schneider, A watch, Colorado College

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The people of Kanton are unlike any I’ve met. I know Nate talked about the reception they held for us, but there cannot be enough said about that evening. Their musical performances were as humbling as they were spectacular. While the women and children sang the words of a language we do not know, the men harmonized perfectly as they beat a large, shared drum to the slow rhythm of their chanting.

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