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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
November 30, 2017
31°33.9’S x 178°15.7’W
Course & Speed
160° T, 3.2 knots
Sailing under the four lowers and the fisherman
Another sunny day along the Kermadecs
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!