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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

Will Bahr, Oberlin College
The Global Ocean

Greetings, folks,
Your friendly neighborhood salt-dog here again, reporting on one of the more beautiful and decidedly terrestrial days the Seamans crew has seen yet. We had a free day in odd, quaint Napier, a town about half-committed to its art deco history so it looks something like a forgotten Disneyland for adults.

Maddy King, A Watch, Bowdoin College
The Global Ocean

Hello from Napier!

This morning was a busy morning as we arrived in Napier. It was the end of our mission and A watch was on duty when we struck all of the sails and motored in to dock at the Port of Napier. The Port of Napier turns out to be a largely commercial port and we are currently surrounded by large mounds of timber, piles of shipping containers, and cargo ships.



Lindsey Call, B Watch, Amherst College
The Global Ocean

A big “Ahoy, matey!” from the deck of the Robert C. Seamans! As we reach the 3-week mark of our open ocean cruise, your favorite pirates are getting comfortable with life at sea and the trappings that come along with work on a tall-masted ship. Although we are scraping the dregs of the reefer and pining for fresh vegetables, don’t fret – unlike voyagers in the 17th and 18th centuries, we aren’t suffering from scurvy quite yet!

After dinner last night, Captain Bill called a mysterious meeting to discuss an exciting activity that we would be participating in today.



Hannah-Marie Garcia, C Watch, Sewanee, University of the South

This morning I got my wake up with the news that we were starting our Anchor Watch (1 hour rotations instead of a full 6 hours), and that the anchor was just now getting dropped. I stepped out onto the deck greeted by a clear sky full of stars, dark masses of land bordering our ship, and the sound of 3 shots (each shot is 90 feet) of chain being let out as our ship tethered to the sea floor. It is a bitter sweet mix of feelings seeing land again.

Isaac Vandor, B Watch, Olin College of Engineering
The Global Ocean

Good morning from just off the coast of Poverty Bay! Since we left Raoul Island, we’ve been sailing South on our way to Napier. The first signs of civilization appeared in our Neuston tow yesterday as we saw some macroplastics in the water and even caught what we presume to be an olive (scientific analysis is ongoing). As Katie and I toiled away counting Salps by the hundreds this morning, Lindsey saw a light flashing off in the distance.

Sophie Silberman, A Watch, Kenyon College
The Global Ocean

0440: I awoke in a damp sweat this morning, ten minutes before my wakeup, convinced from an eerily vivid (perhaps psychic?) dream that I had burned the pita bread I’m supposed to bake for dinner later today. Panicked, I left my bunk in the foc’sle and stumbled into the galley to start my day as assistant steward, nervous but ready. I was born ready.

Ruth Thirkill, Sailing intern
The Global Ocean

Hello parents, friends and family. It is currently 1625 and the day is a gorgeous sunny blue with light winds and gentle waves. It has been a pretty sweet day since the first hour and continues to look good for the rest. As a member of C watch today is my day to see the beginning and end of December 5th, 2017 since I stood dawn watch and will soon be standing evening watch.

It’s on days like this, when I get to see the sun rise and set and the new day begin that I feel the progression of time on the ocean the most.



Steve Kielar, 3rd Assistant Scientist
The Global Ocean

When was the last time you were awake from 1am to 7am? What were you doing for those hours? Maybe you were on an all-night road trip or cramming for the next midterm. As I write this, C-watch is in the midst of Dawn Watch, which runs from 1am-7am.

Dawn watch begins with a wake-up from a member of the previous watch.

Annika Hakala-Ord , Sailing Intern
The Global Ocean

A couple of weeks ago, Steve, the third scientist excitedly told me to grab my camera and come to lab-there was a lens they thought might work to photograph samples under the microscope. With a little puttering and a lot of knob turning, the eerie space ship bodies of the dinoflagellates and copepods began to come into focus.

Corinna Anderson, Sailing Intern
The Global Ocean

When C-Watch took the deck at 0100 this morning, we were told to put on our foulies because it had been raining for quite some time. Although it was pouring down on us, we still had great visibility from the waxing gibbous moon above us. As the moon started to set and the sun started to rise, we were able to see the orange glow of the moon peak through the clouds. It was definitely a bright spot! As the sky got brighter, I noticed a double rainbow while at lookout.

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