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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

September 28, 2014

Departing American Samoa

Colin Froines, B Watch, Carleton College


Kelly from Hokulea blows a departure note on a conch shell as we pull away from the dock in Pago Pago, American Samoa

Ship's Log

Current Position
14°22.8’S x 170°56.8’W

Course and Speed
260° at 5.4kts

Sail Plan
Motoring under stys’ls

Intermittent rain and stars

This morning was spent doing safety drills, including MOB (Man Over-Board), fire, and abandon ship. While many of us were getting over some jet-lag, the crowd seemed genuinely excited to use the fire hoses and don our safety immersion suits. To paint a better picture of the safety suits imagine a thick red neoprene jumpsuit which transforms all body types into a Gumby-like figure. Luckily, our struggling to fit into these costumes coincided with a local Samoan church service, so we were provided background music which seemed to match our morning tone——joyous.

Quickly following drills and some snacks to recharge, we left the safety of the protected harbor. Upon leaving the dock a few women from Hokulea came to wish us a safe passage with song and the blowing of the conch shell. With their blessing we motored out of the harbor and into the ocean swells. For many this represented the ‘real’ start of the adventure as we all tested our minds and bodies—especially stomachs—in unbroken ocean swells.

- Colin

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