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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

July 14, 2016

Awaiting Neptune’s Judgment

Ruthann Monsees, C Watch, Stony Brook University

SEA Semester

The mark of a Pollywog-(counter clockwise) Ruthann, Morgan, Ryan, Tom, Cody, Victoria, Bonecutter, Will, Janet

Ship's Log

Noon Position
1˚30.9’N, 169˚27.6’W

69.7 nautical miles ‘til the Equator!

Ship Heading

Ship Speed
6.0 kn

Taffrail Log
1386 nm

Weather & Sail Plan
Mostly sunny, 4 ft. swells, sailing under the four lowers with full bellies of the south easterlies

Souls on Board

Yes, blue skies are great, but nothing beats a star filled sky with an unobstructed horizon. This is one of the many joys of Dawn Watch. C Watch, in particular, has been large and in charge during many exciting early mornings on the Robert C. Seamans. We stood the first dawn watch, traversed the ITCZ during dawn watch, and last night launched an ARGO float before the sunrise.

ARGO floats are an economic way to gain information about temperature, salinity, and depth in all over the world’s oceans. Ours was deployed at 2˚N to be swept up in the equatorial waters. During the day we all signed it and then at 0500, we unceremoniously chucked it off the port side. It will float and sink for the next 2-3 years, collecting data, until it finds a final resting stop on the bottom of the ocean or is washed ashore. For anybody out there interested in tracking our ARGO float, you can Google it along with its serial number FO5503.

Every day we tow our taffrail log to track our distance through the water. Most times we also tow a fishing line and today our efforts came to fruition for the third time. And this time we hit it big - like 50 lbs big. We caught a yellowfin tuna! It does not get fresher than this, people.  Just when you thought it doesn’t get any more exciting… it does!  

As our vessel heads more and more south, strange things are beginning to happen onboard. Messages on head mirrors and portholes are found, as well as ominous drawings on our doghouse navigation chart and notes in our bunks. The Pollywogs are being called out and brought to the attention of Neptune. Crossing the Equator is a mysterious and folkloric honor that we eagerly anticipate. By our estimates, we will be holding court with Neptune sometime early tomorrow morning. Only he and the Shellbacks before us know what is in store. But after our judgment, we mere Pollywogs will become hearty Shellbacks - a title that we will bear forever.

Until then, fair winds!

Ruthann (status: pollywog… for now)

p.s: Shout out to Mom, Dad, siblings and William G! Love you all

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Protecting the Phoenix Islands, • Topics: s268  pipa • (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 Barbara Clark on July 16, 2016

Hi All!  it is currently 3:45 p.m. CST in Houston Texas, July 16…..and 97 degrees farenheit—based on yall’s latest blog—I bet you all have already crossed the equator as I write this!  Hope you all are having a great time!  catch more tuna!  love Barbara/mom



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