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SSV Robert C. Seamans

The SSV Robert C. Seamans is one of two tall ship research vessels operated by Sea Education Association, an internationally recognized leader in ocean education. Throughout the year, the ship hosts semester and summer voyages throughout the Pacific Ocean, including ports of call in Polynesia, Fiji, American Samoa, and New Zealand. Track its current position through the SEA Currents blog.

In captions, the ship should be identified as: “SSV Robert C. Seamans, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA."
Please use the following photo credit: “Photo(s) courtesy of Sea Education Association | SEA Semester ® |"

Seamans Specifications

  • Owner and Operator: Sea Education Association P.O. Box 6, Woods Hole, MA
  • Displacement: 350 Tons
  • Construction: Steel; built 2001 J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding, Tacoma, WA
  • Length Overall: 134.5 feet / 41 meters
  • Length on Deck: 111.4 feet / 34 meters
  • Draft: 13.9 feet
  • Beam: 25.5 feet
  • Sail Area: 8554 sq. ft. / 795 sq. m.
  • Auxiliary Engine: 455 horsepower Caterpillar diesel
  • Complement: 40 persons
  • Area of Operation: World Oceans
  • Classification: American Bureau of Shipping A1 and A
  • Rig: Brigantine