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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
December 10, 2017
A small reflection on the open ocean
39°28.56’S x 176°55.22’E
Course & Speed
Sails are struck
Cloudy and warm
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. We had a quick lesson on the history of the city and then left the port to explore. We spent the day wandering around the city unsuccessfully trying to find fruit and enjoying the beach. It was fun to see a bit more of New Zealand but we also found ourselves reflecting on and thinking about the past few weeks we’d spent at sea. Here is a short reflection on the open ocean:
Time has no meaning
only the undulations of the waves
and triangles of cloth that wrap their bodies around
the hollow sound of air
You feel at once little again
not only in the way where the salt grains of stars make you feel small
but also by the ancient rocking of the quietly lapping waves against the hull
P.S. Happy birthday Mom, love you and can’t wait to see you soon!