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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

March 27, 2014

Assistant Steward for the Day

Karissa Parker, B Watch, Boston University

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A view of the bow and bowsprit from the port side of the ship (photo courtesy of Catherine).

Ship's Log

Current Position
NW of Rangiroa; we expect to arrive and make landfall in the morning

Course & Speed
085 deg at 5 knots

Sail Plan
4 lowers

Weather
Calm seas and clear night skies

Today was a blast! I got to cook in the galley today with our awesome steward Nina! It was a really cool experience because I actually got to plan out the meals; it wasn’t like Nina was dictating what I had to make. She really cared about what food I like to cook and my ideas. And as always, the food was amazing! Like Captain Doug says, “it’s either really good or great!”

Today our class assignment was a “Creature Feature,” which was a continuation of a shore component assignment. Basically, we were given an unknown specimen on shore and had to identify it. Now at sea, we have to describe how to properly identify our specimen to our shipmates because we are likely to see all of these organisms in our neuston tows. By the way, my organism was a snagglefish! It is a fierce looking fish with big fang-like teeth. I got to present on the snagglefish today, but I must say, I really enjoyed my classmates’ presentations. Julian and Juan sang a song about their shrimp-like creatures to the tune of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, “Ode to Joy.” That performance was definitely my favorite!

Everything seems to be going really well on the ship. Mostly everyone has over their mild seasickness so we are all actively participating and taking in our surroundings. When the stars came out tonight the mates were helping us identify some of the navigational stars, planets, and Milky Way. I must say my favorite thing to do on the ship during watch is to be lookout at the bowsprit. I really enjoy being lookout during the day, but at night it is truly the best place to be in the world. You find your inner Zen and take in all the stars around you, the sound of the waves. etc. Being at the bowsprit defines the old saying that life is more about the journey than the destination. You really take in your surrounding and appreciate life. It is truly magnificent.

Sending my love to my family, especially my mom and my sisters! Xoxo

- Karissa

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