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
February 28, 2014
Here we are, a month into our trip, the calendar about to switch over to March, and the SSV Robert C. Seamans about to arrive at our next port stop of Mangareva. I have been trying to get aboard for SPICE ever since my last visit to Polynesia on an Oceans and Climate trip over two years ago. This trip has been very different from that one, and most of the trips I’ve done, as there are many more port stops.
February 27, 2014
Ahoy and greetings from the South Pacific!
During our long transit to our next port stop, Mangareva, we have begun the shadowing phase of our trip, where students shadow the mate of their watch and learn how to lead sail handling maneuvers, organize tasks that need to be completed on watch, and get a glimpse into the jobs and duties of the mates that work here at SEA.
February 26, 2014
Hey yall out there! Were cruising along south and enjoying the groove of life at sea. Its been fun and a bit nostalgic to sail this trip, as my introduction to sailing was as a student on the SPICE voyage three years ago. I was bitten by the boat bug and dreamed of coming back to SEA to work as an Assistant Scientist. I‘ve been working on boats ever since and sailing with SEA in that role since this fall.
February 25, 2014
Prior to beginning this trip, I often got the questions, How big is the ship? And HOW many people will be living on it? Naturally, many people were curious what living in such a small community and living space on the Seamans would be like. I too was somewhat challenged by the notion, fearful of how difficult it would be to be living so close to so many people for forty-four days.
February 24, 2014
Its Monday 11.21 AM and I just realized that is my turn to write something on the blog. For me, it a real challenge to transcript my feelings in English because I’m the French guy of the ship. I’m going to try but don’t laugh.
First, the team S251 is very nice. Students enjoy the life on the boat. We can see it on their eyes when they are on the land, speaking with local people, testing new fruits, taking a ride.
February 23, 2014
Ahoy landlubbers, and greetings from the deck of the Bobby C! We are now in the middle of royal blue waters nearly 3 nautical miles deep with 700 nautical miles to go to Mangareva. We hope for smooth sailing ahead as this will be our longest open ocean transit yet for the next six days. We hauled in our anchor last night and departed Fatu Hiva around 2000 (pronounced twenty-hundred, or 8PM).
February 22, 2014
There are no words in existence that are beautiful enough to describe today. After waking up to softly-spoken words from my shipmate Midori and an interesting Polynesian-styled breakfast we embarked on another adventure into Fatu Hiva.
Last night we were invited to dinner by a local family consisting of two grandparents and their nine and a half year old granddaughter whose name is Naheia, pronounced Na-hey-a. She is something special.
February 21, 2014
I’m swinging in a hammock strung between the forestays’l traveler and the forward port shrouds, preparing to write about my day today, which was just as full of activities as every other day this month. Three days ago, a very old woman taught us about the relationship the ancient people of Nuku Hiva had with sex and sexuality. Two days ago, we were greeted in Tahuata with an enormous feast and beautiful music and dancing, and with a cake with a single candle, presented to us in the hope that the Robert C. Seamans will return to the island in one year’s time.
February 20, 2014
After our first full day in Tahuata, we were able to visit the town of Vaitahu to experience the island’s rich local culture for ourselves last night. The locals had prepared a massive feast for us, including poisson cru, coconut bread, goat meat, and a variety of other Marquesan specialties. We also had the privilege of watching some school children from the town perform traditional cultural songs and dances and were even able to learn a couple of our own. For me, this was by the far the most immersive connection we have had the opportunity to make with another community and I will continue to cherish this meaningful experience in the future.
February 19, 2014
On the night of the 18th, the Robert C. Seamans motored quietly into Vaitahu Bay besides the main village on the island of Tahuata. Amid the inky darkness we could faintly see the outline of mountainous peaks looming above us. The light of the next morning gave way to our sight of the landscape, rising well over 1,000 meters in some places with scatterings of palm trees, sandalwood and foraging goats. With this new day we were greeted with a very hectic yet very exciting schedule.