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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

December 10, 2017

A small reflection on the open ocean

Maddy King, A Watch, Bowdoin College

The Global Ocean

Hannah, Ann, Sarah, and Sophie enjoying their first sighting of grass

Ship's Log

Current Position
39°28.56’S x 176°55.22’E

Course & Speed

Sail Plan
Sails are struck

Cloudy and warm

Souls on Board

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

Signing off,

P.S. Happy birthday Mom, love you and can’t wait to see you soon!

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#1. Posted by Lisa King on December 12, 2017

Dearest Maddy,

It was a real treat to speak with you yesterday. Your post came in after we had chatted. You sounded great. I can only assume so far you have had a wonderful time and that makes me happier than you could ever know. Thank you for the birthday wishes. I love your reflection on the open ocean it is beautiful.

I send you and all of your shipmates wishes for smooth seas and tons of fun for the remainder of your time aboard the Robert C. Seamans.

Love you beyond measure,




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