SEA Currents: Feb 2014
February 04, 2014
Today has been a day of firsts for many of us students. It is our first full day at sea! A and B watch have had their first 6 hour watch, which the weather has made incredibly easy. We all met on the quarterdeck for our first class at 1430 this afternoon and got to see the hydrocast deployed to collect water samples to 600 meters depth, as well as talk about our experiences in Papeete with Moohono. It is amazing how much you can learn in such a short time! During our morning watch we all learned so much about navigation and how the ship works.
February 04, 2014
Since Mary last wrote, we have been busy with a range of activities in preparation for departure. Last night, we were toured a beautiful sailing canoe called Faafaite and attended a lecture from their crew and captain which provided us with a view of the modern Tahitian relationship with the ocean. Modern Tahitians must struggle to balance new technology and resources and world connections with maintaining a deep relationship with the ocean environment and ocean travel. Faafaite represents reconciliation, reconnecting the people and the islands across the ocean expanse. Interestingly enough, Faafaite has sailed a similar course as the Robert C. Seamans, and represents a similar challenge to reconnect youth with the waning art of ocean exploration.
February 02, 2014
Ground Hog Day is very different in Tahiti, where the sun quickly moves high overhead and no shadows are visible. (Also, it is summer here, so both winter and the promise of spring have been left behind in North America.) The program “Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems” (SPICE) has begun! Nineteen students from seventeen different American colleges arrived in Papeete at the crack of dawn yesterday, having traveled all day and all night from our campus on Cape Cod. It is a very amiable group and was quickly incorporated into the crew of the Robert C. Seamans.