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November 27, 2021

First Swim Call!

Nadia Racz, C Watch, Saint Michael’s College


Today had its high moments and its low moments, but all together it was a great day.

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October 12, 2020

A Tale of Two Watches

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist


What a difference a day can make.  That saying comes to mind as I reflect upon the past 24 hrs while comfortably sipping my afternoon tea as students prepare for a swim call.  That most certainly was not the scene onboard Cramer just 12 hours ago when salt spray was lashing across the deck in the middle of the night and students were bundled up in their foul weather gear!

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November 27, 2019

Deep End of the Pool

Jessie Sheldon, Colorado College


Salutations from the sea and from your favorite salty south-bound sailors! Jessie from C-watch here, reporting on the many happenings aboard the Robert C Seamans.

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April 03, 2019

An Exciting Day at Sea

Andrew Meashaw, A-Watch, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry


Today was an exciting day for all aboard the Cramer.  From a scientific standpoint we have entered into the predicted spawning area of the American eel, Anguilla rostrata.

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March 01, 2019

Did Somebody Say Swim Call?????????

Julia Grady, A Watch, Colby College


I’m writing from Great Inagua, Bahamas, where the ocean is as blue as a YMCA swimming pool and clear enough to see 33.2 feet below. The new watch schedule has been a tough adjustment; for me, the most challenging part of being underway is the cyclical nature of the days. Thankfully today was about as blissful and unpredictable as I could’ve imagined.

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August 06, 2018

Another Day, Another Copepod

Ed Sweeney, 1st Assistant Scientist

Spend a Semester at Sea

Here we are, on the last leg of our long journey through PIPA! Woot! We’re almost there. Destination: American Samoa. We’ve conducted SO much research and data sampling to add to a fantastic data set in these remote parts of the world. Pretty sweet as.

Our students have learned the ship and are beginning to take on the responsibilities as junior watch leaders.

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July 30, 2018

Swim call

Nate Johnson, C Watch, Amherst College


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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May 07, 2018

Local Apparent Goodbye

Lila Glansberg, B Watch, SUNY Stony Brook

Spend a Semester at Sea

We, class S-278, have reached our final day here on the SSV Robert C. Seamans. And what a day it has been! This morning, we anchored in Moorea, an island so insanely beautiful it adorns the French Polynesian currency. After a long day of scrubbing the boat, we were rewarded with a swim call. Amongst the stark mountains and intermittent downpour, our lives hardly felt real.

And that has been a common theme throughout this trip — beauty, emotions, and experiences that are so rich and complex that they defy reality itself.

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March 06, 2018

Swim Call!

Abigail Colby, A Watch, University of New Hampshire


We are currently anchored outside of Navassa Island, which is an interesting geological feature: a plateau of limestone with eroded cliffs that meet the sea. The island is covered in shrubbery, and from the boat we could see the remains of an old stone road, and some building ruins.

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December 17, 2017

Days of our lives

Erin Adams, 2nd Assistant Scientist

The Global Ocean

As we make our way closer to Auckland, some signs that this trip will end are unfortunately starting to appear. Science deployments and data collection have tapered off, the stresses of project work are in full swing, and I’m hearing conversations about life after the trip.

I’m reluctant to mention any of this at all because time might catch wind of it and might tick by faster-which would be cruel.

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