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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
February 10, 2015
Alongside Princes Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand
Overcast, then sunny, then rainy, then scorchin’…
We awoke bright and early this morning to enjoy a delicious breakfast, courtesy of steward Lauren, before setting off on a walking tour of Auckland. Our tour, led by Mary, brought us to the neighboring Queens Wharf and over to the Wynyard Quarter. As we learned about Auckland’s different waterfront areas, many of our fellow students shared information they had learned in their studies for our “Maritime History and Culture” course. We also got a great perspective on the importance of the city’s commercial industries. In the Wynyard Quarter, we saw the process of converting an industrial site to a recreational area, with an emphasis on maintaining the history of waterfront industries. We enjoyed a small public library, an information center, and sidewalk structures, all in refitted shipping containers.
One great element of Auckland is the public spaces. We saw two public playgrounds on our walking tour, in addition to the library. “The Cloud,” a building constructed on Queens Wharf for the crowds brought by the 2011 Rugby World Cup, houses games such as badminton, ping pong, and giant Jenga blocks, for the public to enjoy (including us!). We were even impressed by the number of public restrooms.
After our walking tour, we enjoyed some free time in the city. Many students sought interviews as primary sources for various projects. Some chose to explore local coffee shops, or return to the ship for a nap. Others, including myself, hung out at The Cloud, and then visited a local park. (One big difference between Auckland and American cities: while our parks have baseball diamonds, theirs have cricket pitches!) Everyone was glad to have some downtime after busy days of traveling, exploring, and learning.
The group is well into the process of acclimating to shipboard life. We’ve unpacked our bags and are starting to “learn the ropes,” so to speak. Last night’s orientation familiarized us with the engine room, the galley, the lab, and the procedures for boat checks. Learning the ship’s unique policies and getting used to sharing this space has everyone stoked to get underway on Thursday. Until then, we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s bus tour!