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SEA Currents: The Global Ocean: New Zealand



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.

Hannah-Marie Pearl Garcia, C Watch, Sewanee, University of the South
The Global Ocean

Hello from water world (term from Assistant scientist Steve, who’s constantly on lookout for land)!

There is still no land in sight today, and we have been enjoying easterly winds and sunny skies here in the Pacific the past few days. It’s finally starting to feel like summer here along the subtropical currents. C watch (my watch) had the deck today from 0700-1300. Every watch has begun Phase 2 of our learning and leadership here on the ship. This includes shadowing our watch officers, making the rotation schedules, and even calling hands to sails as we all begin to take on more responsibility during watch.

Maddy King, A Watch, Bowdoin College
The Global Ocean

Hello from the Pacific!

Today is another beautiful day on the Robert C. Seamans. It’s beginning to feel like summer here in the Southern Hemisphere and shorts and sandals are becoming more common than fleeces and hats. We have now passed the final islands in the Kermadec island chain and will be out of sight of land again for the next week and a half or so until we get to Napier.

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

Hello dear reader,

I wanted to take a moment as we transit south towards Napier, NZ and all of the fresh fruit, chocolates, and laundry our seagoing heart’s desire to discuss where we’ve been. In short, these are the (much abridged) voyages of the Robert C. Seamans and our encounter with the Raoulian peoples of Raoul Island in the Kermadecs Island chain.

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