Current position of the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the tools, top right, to change the map style or view data layers. Dates and times use GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 21, 2020
Hello friends and family! It has been 15 days without a speck of land in sight! While the ocean constantly changes shades and temperaments it is hard to tell one patch of ocean from the next. I could almost convince myself that we have stayed in the same place if I never glanced at the chart with our cruise track that is rapidly streaking northeast across the South Pacific.
April 16, 2020
****Note: to happily poke fun at the absurd nature of nautical language, and also to give readers at home a fun activity, this blog post is in “Mad Libs” form. Please fill in the numbered blanks with the parts of speech included in the blanks.
April 13, 2020
Hello Robert C. Seamans fans, friends, and family! We’ve had a pretty dreamy start to our voyage, with strong favorable winds allowing us to sail fast and put more than 1,000 nautical miles behind us. The weather has been getting warmer each day and now in the afternoon, off-watch crewmembers can often be found whittling, reading, and playing music on deck in the sunshine.
April 09, 2020
Time flies when you’re sailing along at 8 knots! We were finally able to turn off the engine after nearly 24 hours underway, it feels so much better to just be harnessing the power of the wind. This is the first time I’ve stood watch in over three years and I am having an absolute blast.
April 07, 2020
Hello from the Steward (cook) onboard, Kylie! A bit of background information on why I’m on the boat right now: I was originally contracted to do Oceans & Climate and happened to be in New Zealand early before the international borders closed.
April 02, 2020
Alongside Starboard Side to, Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand - When I arrived to the Robert C. Seamans the evening of Saturday March 21st, it was under very different circumstances than a “normal” contract. Some things were very much the same; I was still excited to see my shipmates who I hadn’t seen I left the ship in Auckland six weeks prior.
March 30, 2020
This is my fourth attempt at writing this blog post. The previous ones have been disrupted by distractions from the news, chaos from traveling home, and, most significantly, writer’s block as I attempt to cram the extent of the past twelve weeks into a mere 500-word summary.
March 22, 2020
Despite the choppiness of the sea following the last of our gales, we arrived at Wellington Harbor enough ahead of schedule that we hove to for the night in Cook Strait. Even with doing that, we docked off of Queens Wharf around 1130, after only a few hours of navigating our way through the harbor.
March 18, 2020
A few days ago we found out that we would have to go home early from Wellington because of the COVID-19 virus, and since then we have all been trying to make the most of what time we had left. It’s been hard. Unfortunately, we missed out on the entire last leg of our trip that would take us to Christchurch.
March 17, 2020
Today has been quite a day. When we arrived in Wellington yesterday, it felt like the world crashed into us. Today felt like two different worlds. As planned, we visited Te Papa, which is Aotearoa New Zealand’s national museum. As such, it tries to present a unified idea of New Zealand that people can support.