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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

September 30, 2014

Arrival in Samoa

Monica Chow, C Watch, Middlebury College

SEA students stepping off the Seamans to our first destination: Samoa.

Ship's Log

Current Position
13° 49.6’S x 171° 45.9’W

Course and Speed
Docked at Samoa

Sail Plan
Continue to dock for the next 3 days

hot and humid, very little winds

Today marked our first official arrival via sail!  Exciting times were had for all this morning as the students, faculty, and staff congregated on deck to participate in docking the Seamans at Samoa.  Finally, the vomit-ridden night had passed, students were beginning to grow their sea legs, and a beautiful rainbow greeted us as we sailed into port.

As with any arrival to a new territory, we had to go through customs and wait to be approved before we were able to get off the ship.  The wait was a long and humid one, but after all of the paperwork was taken care of, students who were eager to explore dispersed around the urban areas, sporting their sun hats and lavalavas (local word for a sarong worn as a skirt).  We found a newly built Methodist Church, a flea market, a fishing port, and a lot of smiling locals who were ready to pounce on our clearly tourist pursuits. 

After our excursions, pair-bay-pair (buddy system!), students returned back to the ship for dinner.  For the ones who arrived early, we took our first on deck showers.  Since fresh water is limited, we soaped up in salt water then did a final rinse in fresh water.  We had a lot of fun spraying each other with the hose and getting clean!  It’s really incredible what cleanliness can do to lift the spirits.  (We definitely will not take our hygiene for granted after this trip)

Finally, we wrapped the night with dinner on deck as the setting sun turned the sky yellow, to magenta, to darkness.  This darkness queued the projector, and a lecture on Samoan art on deck by Hatesa.  She explained to us the importance of the revival of art and how it is used as a unification force for people to begin remembering their history, culture, and their ties to their landscape.  Although students were tired from a long day both after our first watch shifts and our explorations on Samoa, we all were captured by what Hatesa had to say and are eager for future lessons.

- Monica

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