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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

November 30, 2017

Almost summer

Maddy King, A Watch, Bowdoin College

The Global Ocean

A Watch minus Will who was keeping us safe on lookout

Ship's Log

Current Position
31°33.9’S x 178°15.7’W

Course & Speed
160° T, 3.2 knots

Sail Plan
Sailing under the four lowers and the fisherman

Another sunny day along the Kermadecs

Souls on Board

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.

Today’s theme is nutrients. Not only did we just have a Maritime History class on the subject of guano and its importance for farming and ocean exploration (who knew there was a Guano Islands Act of 1856 that allowed any American to take control of any island with guano on it that wasn’t owned by another country?), but we’ve also been processing nitrates in the lab. Processing our nitrate samples is a multiple-watch, multiple-hour task. Will and I began the process with our scientist Erin at 0100 during our dawn watch this morning when we distributed the samples into multiple racks of test tubes. B watch took over for us at 0700, mixing various chemicals into the samples, and finished the process six hours later at 1300. All in all, it was a two-watch, twelve-hour process but now we have all of the nutrient data we’ve been collecting for the past couple of weeks.

Other than that we’ve all been going through our normal watch rotation and enjoying the nice weather by reading, journaling, and just generally hanging out on the deck. Last night a bunch of us clambered up on the housetop (a raised area of the ship next to the lab) where we witnessed a beautiful sunset, later followed by a clear view of Orion’s Belt and the Southern Cross.

Until next time,

P.S. To Mom, Dad, Aidan, Papa, Bubbe, Uncle Matt, Uncle Brian, Liz, Alison,cand Octavia, happy belated Thanksgiving! I missed spending it with you all but I hope you had a great time and hope that Michigan won!

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s276  sailing  life at sea  study abroad • (2) Comments


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#1. Posted by Aidan King on December 01, 2017

Hi Maddy!

Its your brother Aidan! We missed you at Thanksgiving. Unfortunately Michigan lost…again…. I’ve sent you lots of texts which I’m sure you’ll read at some point. Can’t wait to see you,  hear about your adventures, and spend our first semester at Bowdoin together in January!

I hope you and everyone else on the Robert C. Seamans continues to have an amazing time in New Zealand! Miss and love you.

#2. Posted by Lisa King on December 06, 2017

Hi Maddy Shane,

Mom here! We miss you but so enjoy keeping up with your adventures by reading the S-276 blog posts. I too have sent you lots of texts. You are going to be swamped with them. Grandmere was over-the-moon with receiving your postcard - Dad & I, Papa & Bubbe too.

I think of you and all your shipmates when I get a glimpse of Orion’s Belt! Hope you all continue to enjoy the watches filled with star gazing, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, dolphin spotting, tuna wishing, science, navigation and good old skallywagging!

Love you beyond words! xoxo



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