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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 20, 2019
An Unexpected Community
30°47.4’S x 155°22.1’W
What can I say except life is good on the Robert C. Seamans. Yesterday during our watch we hit 2000 nautical miles, we experienced the best sailing onboard yet-beating the trip record for distance sailed during a single watch with 35 nautical miles in 6 hours, and it was a full moon. I think A-Watch has finally relaxed from the mainstays’l tear and main boom snapping, both on our watch, literally.
After our watch, there was still a full night ahead. With the help of Harry and some supplies provided by a rather generous Chabad Rabbi in New Zealand, the Robert C. Seamans had its first onboard Passover Seder. There was something pretty special about seeing almost everyone onboard (minus those manning the ship) crammed into the main saloon to learn about a day that meant so much to a good portion of their shipmates. I was surprised to see that 6 of my 32 shipmates are Jewish, a pretty high ratio in my opinion that includes the captain, the chief scientist, sailing interns, and students alike. This meant there was a plethora of stories, traditions, food, and my personal favorite, songs with specific dances (aka Sophie) to go around. Chief Scientist Ben made yarmulkehs, Harry made charoset, and everyone else gathered around with their glasses of grape juice and listened to the dramatic story-telling(s) of Passover and recollections of their past Seders.
To me, the best part wasn’t the specifics of last night, but more the community that formed around the main saloon. We’ve been together for not even 3 weeks but it feels like so much longer since time seems to pass a little differently here. When you’re stuck with the same small group of people all the time you can’t help but get to know each other pretty well, and you start to see what makes everyone so amazing yet different. There are
so many great things about being at sea, but I’d have to say that my favorite part has been the crazy, hilarious family that’s formed. I have less than 2 weeks left here, and even though I can’t wait to not have to see their faces at 3 AM constantly, I already miss them.
- Claire Mayorga, Watch A, University of Texas at Austin