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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

June 11, 2016

A Series of Shifts

Abby Labby, 1st Assistant Scientist

Pacific Reef Expedition

Alex and Abby deploying the Carousel water sampler. Photo Credit: Dr. Jeff Schell

Ship's Log

Noon Position
6 ° 48.2’ N x 156° 51.3’ W

Description of location
skirting the edge of the ITCZ (Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone)

Ship Heading
000° per ship’s compass

Ship Speed
7.5 knots

Taffrail Log
1811.4 nm

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan (from 1300 Watch Change)
Weather: sunny skies, winds SxE force 3. Motorsailing under the stays’ls.

Souls on Board

Salutations from the lab of the Robert C. Seamans! Abby here, and super excited to share the goings on of the ship today! It’s been an incredible journey from the South Pacific, through all of the equatorial currents, and now we’re fast approaching the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre! The weather is moving away from the sunny skies that we’re accustomed to and heading towards dark and squally horizons as we creep closer to the ITCZ.  It’s not only the water masses and the weather that are changing—there’s about to be a shift in power aboard Mama Seamans.

We’re entering our third and final phase of the voyage: the JWO (Junior Watch Officer) phase. During this period, the students, who have been learning the ins and outs of the ship, will be placed into leadership roles on their respective watches. For one watch period, each student will be given the responsibilities that the mate or scientist typically takes care of, allowing the students to truly take ownership of the knowledge that has been bestowed upon them these past three weeks. The junior officer, with the help of their watchmates, will work to ensure the deck and the lab are functioning as per the Captain and Chief Scientist’s standing orders.

In my opinion, this phase is the most gratifying time for so many reasons. Seeing the students call a sail maneuver or successfully set up and deploy the Neuston Net never gets old for me.  Although the students may find this JWO phase to be stressful, they always manage to accomplish all of the goals for each watch—most of the time due to unwavering help from their fellow watchmates. The watch groups have all become so close and supportive of one another, and that bond is always highlighted during the JWO phase. The students learn not only how to lead in situations where they are not totally
confident, but also how to be helpful and encouraging followers for their friends.

As I type here, the first junior officers are meeting with Captain Pamela and Chief Scientist Jeff to discuss the 24-hour plan. Our JWO phase begins tonight, and I couldn’t be more excited for them!

Abby Labby, 1st Assistant Scientist

P.S.- Hi mom, dad, Kyle, Molly, and Benji! Can’t wait to come home and see Benji’s Barge!

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Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Pacific Reef Expedition, • Topics: s267 • (1) Comments


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Pam on June 14, 2016

Cool pic Alex!  Good luck to everyone in the JWO phase. You will be great!



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