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July 21, 2019

A Visit to Paradise

Natalie Patetta, A Watch, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

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Kanton was the paradise you always read about as a kid, and leaving this beautiful atoll is like a snap back into reality, one that is going to be relatively hard to make. The plethora of wildlife alone was absolutely breathtaking.

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July 20, 2019

Report from the Phoenix Islands

Sophie Kuhl, B Watch, Brown University

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One of the things I have learned so far in this trip is that things can change in an instant. Skies go from clear to cloudy, wind fills in from almost nothing to practically gale-force, and a sunny day can turn into thunderstorms, all in a matter of minutes. So for us students on the SSV Robert C. Seamans, one of the most valuable lessons has been adapting to these changes.

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July 19, 2019

Looking for Answers in Kanton

Benjamin Ma, C Watch, Brown University

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And if you told me that I would’ve survived the first leg of this trip, I wouldn’t have believed you for even one second.

It has been a long two weeks on the Robert C. Seamans, laced with dark nights and happy memories with plenty of time for moments of reflection and silence in between.

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July 18, 2019

Arrival in Kanton

Mary Zarba, B Watch, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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It is 1930 (7:30 am) on a Friday night, and I am hanging out on the bow of the Robert C. Seamans. I have come to know this specific location on the boat as the “bow watch spot”. One member of the crew has stood here, tethered to the stay, all the way forward where the sides of the boat come to a point, for every hour that we’ve been underway.

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July 15, 2019

New Skills and New Responsibilities

Michaela Guy, B Watch, Smith College

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After about ten days sailing on the SSV Robert C. Seamans, we’ve all pretty much gotten into the ship’s daily working routine. As we are now much more comfortable with life aboard the ship, we are starting learn more skills, and take on more responsibilities with the hope of eventually reaching the Junior Watch Officer Phase where the students mainly take over running the ship.

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July 14, 2019

Getting closer to the Equator!

Adam Ziegler, Stonehill College

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The SSV Robert C. Seamans has been under outstanding weather for the past few days. Mostly clear skies, with gusts of wind helping move the Seamans ever closer to the equator. At the time of this writing, we are only 0°10.584’ from the equator, and I have already signed up to be woken up for the crossing!

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July 14, 2019

Milestones

Ava Stasiw, Mate-in-Training

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There are no milestones on the open ocean, only arbitrary lines we have invented to help us feel some sense of place.

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July 12, 2019

Sampling from the Sea

Allie Cole, Boston University

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My day started before the actual first hour of July 12th arrived, I was awake from the morning of the 11th and worked processing net deployments until 03:00 on the 12th (which also happens to be my little brothers birthday!) I spend that time sorting through buckets of zooplankton that the students had pulled up from the three types of net deployments the ship scientists run, a Shallow Tucker Trawl, Deep Trucker Trawl, and a Neuston Tow

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July 11, 2019

Busy at work in the lab

Jason Gonsalves, B Watch, University of Redlands

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Chief Scientist Blaire invited me to post the blog today, so I did. I’m writing to you as I slowly emerge from self-imposed bunk stasis; I have been double-sick since last Friday just before we left port in Pago Pago. The combination of a cold and sea sickness had really done a number on the physicality of my being, the nature of my presence and the morale of my mind.

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July 10, 2019

A Steady Breeze!

Silas Blunk, A watch, St. John’s College (Santa Fe)

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The Robert C. Seamans experienced moderately high winds and seas during the first couple days of our trip, but weather over the last few days has calmed significantly, with wind from the east north easterly direction dropping to a Beaufort force 2 yesterday and sea swell in the range of 3-6 ft.

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