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November 21, 2019

SEA Semester Helps UVA Student Define Goals

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SEA Semester in the NEWS
“Tall Ship Experience Helps Student Navigate Her Future”
By Fariss Samarrai
UVA Today

Katherine Webber, a third-year environmental sciences major at the University of Virginia minoring in global sustainability, recently completed a six-week learning adventure aboard a tall ship research vessel, the SSV Robert C. Seamans, in the South Pacific. She conducted field research for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on a newly formed volcanic island, collected ocean data while at sea, and learned about Polynesian culture.

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November 17, 2019


Mollie Ockene, Middlebury College


Day 4 consisted of an exciting, new, and breezy series of events. We started the day early, with a delicious breakfast made by our stewards before morning chores, getting into the routine of eating, cleaning, and taking care of the ship (our home for the month) together.

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November 16, 2019

Last Day in Port

Rachel Clausen & Nicole Pollack, Salisbury University & Middlebury College

Spend a Semester at Sea

Hello from Nicole (A watch) and Rachel (B watch)!

We started day three early with our very first watch rotation: midnight-0100 for Nicole (with Mathilde and sailing intern Neil) and 0500-0600 for Rachel (with Sarah and 2nd scientist Emily). The watch before ours woke us up about ten minutes before we needed to be on deck.

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November 07, 2019

Now and Then

Emily B. Hite, Faculty, University of Colorado Boulder


Not so long ago, in the not too distant past, a younger version of myself embarked across the North Pacific on the SSV Robert C. Seamans. I was an eager and adventurous little explorer following a dream to sail across the sea.

November 05, 2019

Sunshine on My Shoulders (or, Thoughts from Lookout)

Carlin Schildge, A Watch, Colby College


Dear old world, you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” – Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery

November 04, 2019

The Definitive Top 5 mugs of the SSV Robert C Seamans

Grace Callahan & Catherine Czajka, Wellesley College & University of Delaware


Hey all!

Its Grace here, reporting from the New Zealand EEZ (exclusive economic zone) just one day away from Auckland.

November 03, 2019

Daughter of Oceania

Letauaeletise Hunkin, C Watch, University of Washington, Seattle


“If I have courage, it is because I have faith in the teachings of my ancestors. With that courage you can travel anywhere in the world and never be lost.”

  - Mau Piailug

November 02, 2019

The Flaming Aces

Natalie Chiapperi, A-Watch, Ithaca College


Dutch Blitz: A high intensity card game of skill, speed, and sometimes plain luck (very similar to Pounce if anyone has ever played that). But this is not just a simple game of cards. It is a way for so many of us to come together, take a break, laugh and have a small bit of everyday land life brought onto the ship.

November 01, 2019

Steering by Stars

Eliza Davidian, C Watch, Whitman College


Ropes and lines cascade down from the top of the mast, to the end of the spreaders, and all the way down to the deck, adorning our ship like a spider web that’s been stretched across the rig.

October 31, 2019

The Haunted Ship

Cameron Gallant, A Watch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Wow! The crew really went all out today to create a haunted ship experience for us. Complete with leftover ground sausage, beets, and ketchup over the victim and villain in the galley, screams, spooky lights, someone floating in a harness suspended from the ceiling (wow Ava!), and a lot of other hidden surprises.

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